Book Talk & Giveaway: ADDIE BELL’S SHORTCUT TO GROWING UP by Jessica Brody

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.

Addie thinks that being twelve is pretty lame. Her older sister Rory has drawers full of makeup, great clothes, and a different Boyfriend of the Week. Addie has frizzy hair, a flat chest, and the same best friend since forever. Grace only wants to do the same things they’ve always done, things that Addie is starting to think are childish. On the night before her thirteenth birthday, she says so, hurting Grace’s feelings.

Upset, Addie visits her neighbor – an elderly woman who claims to be descended from Marie Antoinette’s favorite court witch. She gives Addie a box, and warns her that whatever she wishes for and puts inside, the wish will come true. Throwing caution to the wind, Addie decides to give it a shot. She wants to be sixteen. Now.

Addie wakes up with chemically straightened hair, a closet full of great clothes, and yes… a chest. She’s got a string of texts from the most popular girl at school – with whom she apparently runs a very popular makeup and fashion YouTube channel – a car in the driveway she doesn’t know how to drive, and a cute boy who likes her that she doesn’t know how to talk to.

Worse yet, Grace isn’t even speaking to her. Something awful happened between them in the four years that have passed, and Addie is determined to find out – even if it means discovering that the person Adeline Bell became isn’t very nice.


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