Tuesday, April 19

CiCi Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker

Happy book birthday! While I'm posting just the review now, look forward to an author interview and more fun stuff to come as the CiCi Reno blog tour commences!

CiCi Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker
(Yoga Girls #1)
Kristina Springer

My rating: ★★★★

ISBN: 978-1454917519
Publisher: Sterling
Date of publication: April 19, 2016
Age: Grades 5 - 8
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Themes: Twitter, dating, friendship, attraction, Cyrano de Bergerac, yoga

Middle school is a test, but Cici Reno has all the answers. She's the go-to girl for advice. She's cool, she's funny, and she's enlightened (thanks to yoga classes at her mom's studio). So when her pretty BFF, Aggie, is too shy to speak to the boy she's crushing on, Cici goes online and does the talking for her. The only problem is, Cici starts to fall for the guy herself! For the first time in her life. she doesn't have a clue what to do.

Cyrano de Bergerac is classic and I have to say: I rather enjoyed this retelling of it. It's adorable, funny in all the right places, and cleverly translated for the middle-school setting. CiCi Reno is an awesome, down-to-earth character and I enjoyed reading from her perspective. It was refreshing, actually, in the world of middle-school dating books. Her voice, at times, might be a little too mature ("Really? A seventh grader would say that?") but, seeing as she's the go-to advice-giver, I would hope she would be. Plus, it makes for a nice role model for middle-school readers. And! Every chapter starts with a yoga pose from CiCi. Love me some yoga. The other characters? They're not super in-depth developed, but help the story move along in an amusing, fun way.

As for the story, I don't know if using Twitter as CiCi's main contact point with Drew will resonate with middle-schoolers, and it might date the book pretty quickly, but it did the job. Overall, it's a light, fun read that I found really refreshing. Recommended for sure.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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