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Love and Muddy Puddles

Love and Muddy Puddles - Cecily Anne Paterson Coco Banks and her best friend Samantha want desperately to be part of the cool group in school. However, just when everything starts working out for Coco, her father makes a surprise announcement that will change her life - and not for the better, in her opinion. Never ask is things can get any worse; they always do. But when Coco meets the neighbors, that's the beginning of a new chapter in her life. Coco finally finds something she loves and someone to love. And she finally finds her way back to her family.

Coco is an annoying whiny brat concerned with the purely superficial. You can see the author is setting her up for a big change in personality after her move to the country. So the ending is kind of predictable, but the journey is great fun. Coco has a fabulous natural, self- deprecating voice, and I love her snarky asides. Hilarious episodes have us laughing at her expense. I think the author had great fun putting Coco through all her ordeals; I can picture her laughing out loud as she wrote some scenes. On the other hand, there are some extremely painful moments as well. This book reminds us of what it's like to be a teenager. How every little thing is so important, how everything hurts so much, and how we feel like it's the end of the world when things don't go our way.

I love the author's writing style and the fact that the chapters end with little teasers so you have to keep reading. I look forward to reading more by this author.

I received this book in return for an honest review.