Published by Pan Australia on February 26, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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You know all those movies where teenagers have, like, THE SUMMER OF THEIR LIVES?
This summer is probably not going to be that.
Source: Everything that's happened since yesterday ...
The last thing sixteen-year-old Maisie Martin thought she'd be doing this summer is entering a beauty pageant.
Not when she's spent most of her life hiding her body from everyone.
Not when her Dad is AWOL for Christmas and her gorgeous older sister has returned to rock Maisie's shaky confidence. And her best friend starts going out with the boy she's always loved.
But Maisie's got something to prove.
As she writes down all the ways this summer is going from bad to worse in her school-assignment journal, what starts as a homework torture-device might just end up being an account of how Maisie didn't let anything, or anyone, hold her back...
Maisie is on her summer holidays before year twelve, spending Christmas with her family, her best friend Anna, and the Lee’s—the other family who usually spends the holidays with them. Including Sebastian Lee, who Maisie has had a crush on for ever, and his annoying friend, Beamer.
Maisie has been tasked to keep a journal over the holidays to record her ‘discoveries’, so this book is a series of journal entries in which Maisie describes each day. Everything is included, from days on the beach with her embarrassment at being unable to speak in front of Sebastian, to her disgust at Beamer’s antics, to her adventures with new friends.
Maisie’s journey from feeling like an outcast because of her body shape towards loving her own self is a familiar one to many. The way Maisie is treated by each of her family members and friends is different and reinforces that even something said with good intentions has the potential to hurt.
Teen summer dramas aren’t my usual choice for reading material, but it absolutely helped that Maisie was completely adorable. I loved that she was a movie buff, and loved Arnold Swarzenegger! The irreverent style that Jenna Guillaume is known for from her Buzzfeed days shows through in Maisie’s writing voice, compete with textual emojis.
Summer’s nearly over, but it’s worth picking up this quick read to warm your heart. Congrats on your debut, Jenna.
The launch for What I Like About Me is on this Thursday evening February 28, 6pm at Kinokuniya Sydney. If you’re in Sydney town, why not check it out?