Sweet Book Summary: What a perfect middle grade book! The voice of the main character comes alive off the pages, and the imagery really draws the reader into the story. It's not overly descriptive though - it's straightforward and it moves quickly. The main character, Zoe, is easy to relate to and she just feels so real.
At ten years old, she's funny, clever, determined and thoughtful. You can't help but root for her! Zoe's dream is to play the piano, but with her dad's anxieties and her mom's work schedule, she somehow finds herself learning to play the Perfectone D, a lowly organ.
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On top of that, she's dealing with changing friendships and first crushes. Zoe doesn't wallow in her misfortune, though.
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Despite setbacks and mistakes, she stays focused and true to herself. She may not have the comfort of her ex-best friend, Emma, but she finds support in some surprising places.
Mabelline Person, her quirky organ instructor and Wheeler, the 5th grade "bad boy" both help her in very unexpected ways. Although A Crooked Kind of Perfect includes some serious subjects - identity, friendship, family, fears, financial instability - it touches on them in a delicate way and then brings the reader back to a safe place. He is completely loveable and sweet, even if he is a little messy.
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Zoe goes through a lot of the insecurities and roadblocks that many children her age face. Friends change and move on, parents are neglectful or forgetful, boys start to notice her, and she feels out of place and awkward. The writing was fun.
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There is a lot of humor in this story and I laughed out loud quite a bit. I also cried quite a bit.
The Cover: Love love love the cover! It is so adorable and absolutely perfect for the story. The design is great and I love the font the designer chose for the title.
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Amazon Goodreads. Foot Socks! Only in books would there be an organ competition… This sounds exactly what I like to read and what my mom shakes her head out when I take about it because it's a kid's story. I hate that awkward stage that all kid's go through. If I could have skipped it I would have. This one look like a sweet one. I just loved this book.