Four Reasons to Like Effie's Senior Year by Tracy Marchini
4.) All six of Effie's misadventures are included in this one book.
4a.) I like misadventures.
3.) Effie is a great character
3a.) Okay, she's not anyone I would aspire to be like.
3b.) On the other hand, as the fat, insecure girl she perceives herself to be, she is a believable character.
3c.) Marchini does an excellent job of getting the reader inside Effie's head.
2.) Effie has come a long way by the end of these six stories.
2a.) Even if she doesn't realize it.
1.)The lists were clever.
1a.) And fun.
1b.) And awesome.
1c.) And a great way to show the reader what Effie is thinking (see 3c. above).
What I Didn't Like About Effie's Senior Year
1.) Effie's potty mouth.
1a.) No, I do not consider myself a prude.
1b.) Yes, I did talk that way my senior year, so you could say it's realistic except....
1c.) Some of the swears seem like they were forced into the text with a shoehorn, as if Marchini felt her book wouldn't sell unless she made some magical quota of swear words. In fact, Effie's sister Ophelia has at least one unauthentic-sounding swear as well.
1d.) Don't get the idea that it's all swears. They actually make up only a small portion of the book.
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