Author: Jo Whittemore
Published: March 2011
Source: Simon & Schuster Galley Grab
Twelve-year-old Alexis "Alex" Evins is a loner, a tomboy and a first-class prankster, following in the not-so-glorious footsteps of her older twin brothers, Parker and Nick. When the Evins siblings play a prank that goes just a tad too far (resulting in setting a neighbor's sofa--and hair--on fire), their dad decides it's time for some tough love. He signs them up for an after-school program called Champs!, which guarantees that it will turn any kid into a well-rounded success. Alex, Parker and Nick all must pass the course together, or else it's off to St. Ignacius private school (aka St. Ignasty).
At Champs!, Alex encounters more than a few nemeses, including the Champs! coach, Sharon Success, mom of Alex's classmate, the totally perfect and totally annoying Emily Gold, and the ultra-competitive Chloe Stroupe.Can the "evil Evins" actually pass this course in one piece? Or are they destined for an epic fail?
My Thoughts: If I would describe this book in one word, it would be HILARIOUS! I was laughing out loud so many times while reading this book! Alex, the main character, was spirited, outspoken and witty. And her brothers weren't that far behind her in the humor department. The Evins siblings could definitely give the Weasley siblings a run for their money!
I loved that Alex and her brothers' relationship developed as much as it did throughout the book. They learned how to trust each other, and how to work together instead of against each other. I also loved how their dad became a more present person in their lives, someone they could have fun with and learn from.
While this book is marketed as a middle grade novel, I'm sure most fans of YA will enjoy it as well. Alex, who is 12 years old, acted much smarter and older than her age.
Odd Girl In is fun and quick read (just over 2 hours. I wished it would go on for longer!) about the importance of family and frienship. If you're looking for a book to buy a young reader - look no further! I loved Odd Girl In, and I recommend it to everyone who's looking for a hilarious read with great characters!Cover Thoughts: The cover is very fitting for the story. Alex, an uncomfortable tomboy, torned between two girly girls.
Rating: 5 of 5