Tween Tuesdays (20) The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter

Tuesday March 1, 2010

Tween Tuesdays is a meme I first saw at Green Bean Teen Queen and really liked because she is also a librarian who deals with teens and tweens. So, since most of my blog is devoted to YA and teen books I figured that on Tuesdays I can do posts for all the tweeners out there!

The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter
by Kristen Tracy
January 11, 2011
Delacorte Press
Goodreads summary: After an unfortunate incident at the hair salon, Bessica is not allowed to see her best friend, Sylvie. That means she's going to start middle school a-l-o-n-e. Bessica feels like such a loser. She wants friends. She's just not sure how to make them.

It doesn't help that her beloved grandma is off on some crazy road trip and has zero time to listen to Bessica. Or that Bessica has a ton of homework. Or that gorgeous Noll Beck thinks she's just a kid. Or that there are some serious psycho-bullies in her classes. Bessica doesn't care about being popular. She just wants to survive—and look cute. Is that too much to ask when you're eleven?

Pontifications... Bessica is named after Bessica Raiche, "the first American woman to intentionally pilot a solo flight." She is an ambitious young lady who like many 5th graders heading into the 6th grade, is eager to make changes and reinvent herself as she enters  the magical place we call middle school (okay that is a slight exaggeration :)

Bessica handles the normal middle school obstacles of bullies, elusive locker combos and cheerleader tryouts despite the absence of her best friend and her vacationing grandma.  The typical embarrassments ensue with boys and such, which of course produce a gaggle of laughs.

Bessica might annoy older readers but her voice will speak to tween girls who feel her pain. I also really liked that her grandma knows her way around technology...typically older generations are  portrayed as inept in that area so that was a bit refreshing.

A likable book that should fly well with the girly girls!