Saturday, March 5, 2016

Emma G. Loves Boyz: A True Love Journal by Taro Meyer

Emma, 13, is madly in love with Aaron, the lead singer in the band Boyz3000, and she is totally covinced that if they could ever actually meet, he would realize that they were meant for each other.   But what chance did a girl from New Jersey have of meeting the famous lead singer of Boyz3000?

Apparetly one chance when her best friend Jenny invites her to go to the Bahamas for a long weekend with her family to see a Boyz3000 concert, complete with admittance into the after concert Meet & Greet.  Emma can't believe her luck.  There just one snafu - her parents want Emma to pay for part of the trip.  But how to do that in such a short amount of time?

One way is to bake cookies to be sold at a school bake sale with the help of her friends and younger sister Diana, which is fine, though not without its problems.  And there's always dog walking, with the help of her sister.  That's fun, except the elderly lady who they approached misunderstood what they wanted, and Emma finds herself committed to way more than a few dog walks.  But that's okay, too.  After all, it's for a good cause - Aaron, love of her life.

Of course, raising trip money isn't Emma only problem.  An aspiring writer, Emma got a D on a Language Arts paper.  Luckily, her teacher tells her she may rewrite it, but inspiration wasn't a happening thing for Emma right away.  And a D isn't her only problem at school - eight grader and seventh grade hater Renee seems to delight in going after Emma and her friends every chance she gets.

Emma and Jenny finally make it to the Bahamas and yes, they see the Boyz3000 concert.  Does the weekend turn out the way Emma dreamed it would?  Maybe, or maybe not, thanks to a cute boy named Josh. You be the judge.

"Sometimes, " I was told by an 12 year-old lover of books and reading, "girls just wanna have fun and sometimes they just wanna read a fun book, and that is why I liked Emma G. Loves Boyz."

"Ok," I replied,. "I get that.  I was once a 12 year-old wanna have fun kind of girl, too.  And since you liked it so much, I'll also read Emma G. Loves Boyz with fun in mind."

And I did read it, and it is fun.

The novel is written from the point of view of Emma's journal entries, where she records everything with exuberance, alots of exclamation points, and CAPITAL LETTER for emphasis.  Emma is a high-spirited, serious, flighty and passionate tween, everything you would expect from a seventh grader.  But, she also has a sense of self awareness - Emma may justify all her screw-ups, but in the end, she owns them with a surprising sense of self-awareness and works correct them.  And even though Emma received a D on her paper, she still manages to maintain really good grades overall, so the subtle message that school is important to her really comes through.

There is fun to be had reading Emma G. Loves Boyz, and lessons to be learned about perservance, responsibility and working for what you want.  All in all, this first book in a projected series is just good clean tween fun.

This book is recommended for readers age 10+
This book was sent to me by the publisher, Red Sky Presents

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