Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she’s the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous – not to mention unwelcome – attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes, she even catches the eye of the most popular guy at school. And that’s when life gets really interesting…
Design – ? Photo – ? Rating – 3/5
The cover for Awkward isn’t amazing, but it’s fitting and eye-catching. The video player is cute and makes tons of sense since the book’s about a viral video and the fallout that it brings to its star. I like the notebook paper and doodles of the background. It screams high school girl. I really like how the video player and the title are tilted.
Awkward is a fun, fast, and cute read. It’s exactly as advertised in the summary. Mackenzie tries to be invisible, to hide out so she’s not a target for bullies, but her clumsiness is caught on camera and now she can’t blend in no matter how hard she tries. She has a crush on a popular jerk, and of course the right guy is under her nose the entire time. Awkward is fun, it’s believable at times and a bit outlandish at others.
- Mackenzie’s dad – I’m really happy that Mackenzie didn’t have a heart-to-heart with her dad. That sounds mean, but Mackenzie’s estranged dad, whom she never sees, only calls after his daughter becomes famous. I think it would have been too much if Mackenzie and her dad had a disastrous or successful meeting. I mean, not everyone has to make nice with their cheating father – at all or in the same timeframe as the life-altering event that the book is about.
- Logan – I really like Logan, the popular guy that Mackenzie tutors. I appreciated how he had more to him than simply being the good-looking love interest that the heroine doesn’t think of in that way. Logan is a nice guy who’s struggling with school a bit. And even though he’s popular, he worries that people think he’s a dumb jock. Logan is a caring person and Mackenzie slowly gets to know more about him, and eventually realizes that he has always seen her as awesome, even before her 15 minutes of fame.
- reactions – Mackenzie’s reactions to everything that happens are realistic. She’s mortified when her awkward video blows up, but she’s human so she thinks that all the free stuff and talk show invites are cool. She doesn’t magically know how to handle reporters and cameras, and sometimes she lets things get to her head. Underneath the free fancy clothes, Mackenzie’s still awkward and unsure of herself, but it’s nice to watch as she realizes that she doesn’t have to hide.
- Notables – I’m not a big fan of books where the main character thinks so little of themselves, but I do accept that it’s realistic. I hate reading about mean girls and bullies. And if the clique has been given a name, it’s a sign that no good’s gonna come from it. I hate that Mackenzie thinks she has to blend in and ‘get by’ because she’s not Notable. She puts herself on a lower level because she’s not a popular rich kid. She gets all tongue-tied around these people who haven’t done anything to distinguish themselves in any way that’s deserved. Mackenzie is wicked smart and nice, but she has no self-confidence because these aren’t traits her classmates put on a pedestal.
- name dropping – One of my book pet peeves is name dropping things like brands, celebrities, and websites. It’s the easiest way to date your book. In 2 years readers are gonna wonder who those people are and why you felt the need to mention them specifically. I can understand using Youtube’s name since where else would the video be? But you never know. Books that mention MySpace are out of date now, and next year something else could come along that eclipses Youtube, so maybe it’s smarter to make up your own websites.
- ReadySet – It’s completely outlandish for Mackenzie and her friends to be invited backstage and become instant best friends with the hottest fictional band of the moment. It would be one thing if they just met the band and hung out backstage at a single show, but Mackenzie ends up on stage and happens to be an amazing singer and now she’s off to record a single with the band. Plus the lead singer gives the random teen girl his phone number, then calls her to ask if her gay friend will go out with him? That’s insane. ‘Hey, random girl I just met, here’s my number and I’m gay.’ No famous rock star is ever gonna do anything like that.
“Can you tutor me?” he interrupted, much to my relief.
“Right now? Because American history can’t be that reduced. I mean, sure, it might not be as extensive as, say, European history, but…”
He looked at me as if I were a complete idiot, which was understandable given the circumstances. – pg. 13 Mackenzie + Logan
He grinned. “Poor Mack has to get dressed up for the ball.”
I glared but without any real heat. “You mock, but you’ve never worn heels.”
He raised an eyebrow. “Well, that’s quite an assumption.” I gaped at him and his smile quirked. “But you’re right, I haven’t worn them.”
“Well,” I fumbled. His obvious amusement made his blue eyes seem even more vibrant. Clearly I needed more sleep if I was unable to come up with anything intelligent to say to Logan. – pg. 139 Mackenzie + Logan
Acquired: borrowed (ebook)