Hope is a science whiz who just got accepted into the advanced track at JFK Middle School. The news is bittersweet, though, because even though her best friend Sam is also headed to JFK, she wasn't offered a slot in the advanced program so she and Hope won't be in the same classes. And once school actually starts, Sam seems to join a new group of friends easily, while Hope keeps putting her foot in her mouth and making mistakes. Then Hope joins the science club and things start looking up, until, in an effort to prove herself she ends up taking on too much, and causing a complete disaster with an important science club group project.
I didn't expect to like this book, as the cover illustration was a bit too cute for me, and the summary given mentioned things that are usually not of too much interest to me like comic books, rescue dogs and science. However, the book seemed like it would appeal to a lot of kids I know so I decided to give it a try. I'm really glad I did. Hope is a very relatable, likeable character, and I enjoyed accompanying her on her journey into her new school. At times the book seemed a little too warm and fuzzy, but overall I liked all of the positivity it had to offer. I think it provided me with some nice messages about having confidence in yourself and the value of persistence, and in more ways than one, about not judging a book by its cover. I would recommend this to any 5th to 7th grader looking for something light to read, and as this seems like the first in an upcoming series, I'll definitely be up for reading more books about Hope and her friends in the future.
Reviewed by Megan M on May 19, 2020
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