Author: Marni Bates
Release Date: January 2012
Published By: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Goodreads Rating: 4.21 stars
Review: Mackenzie is the most awkward girl in the world... officially. She generally spends her time trying to stay out of the spotlight, but when a humiliating YouTube video of the most awkward moment of her life goes viral, the spotlight pretty much follows her. Suddenly she's an Internet sensation, complete with paparazzi, free designer clothes, and rock stars, and she's even caught the eye of the most popular guy in school. And that's when things get interesting.
AWKWARD is the quintessential young adult novel aimed at the younger end of the spectrum: cute and full of heart. Mackenzie narrates with a distinctive and fun voice, her personality bleeding through every page to the extent that she feels like a real and breathing human being. Her awkwardness and insecurity combined with a lovable persona makes her a character anyone could relate to.
Although this is undoubtedly intended to be a fun novel to sit back and relax with, there are a few plot inconsistencies that may give readers some pause. The most prominent call for suspension of disbelief was the fact that Mackenzie's video propelled her to such fame in the first place. She attracted far more attention than a mere YouTube video gone viral justifies.
All in all, AWKWARD is an undeniably fun novel that anyone can enjoy with a main character sure to remain in everyone's memories for a good time to come. The only real quibbles that exist with it are certain inconsistencies with the plot, but other than that, this is a cute and enjoyable read that I recommend to anyone who wants a good book to relax with.