Reading time: 3 – 5 minutes
Title: This is Me From Now On
Author: Barbara Dee
(Taken from Amazon.com)
Sometimes your life just needs a little jolt.
This is what Evie’s new friend Francesca tells her, and soon enough, Evie’s life has had something more like an earthquake. Francesca thinks life is dull unless you go after everything you want and say everything on your mind all the time–and sometimes that includes giving other people a little behind the scenes help to give them what she thinks they want.
Evie can’t always tell if she’s horrified or fascinated by everything Francesca convinces her to do, but ultimately, she comes to see friendship–and life–in a whole new light.
I was excited when Barbara Dee contacted me about reviewing her books, This is Me From Now On and Trauma Queen. Explaining to me that they are books that send a good message to children, I had to see. One of my biggest issues with children and young adult books is when the author fails to send the readers, who are young and impressionable, a good message they could walk away with. Dee has managed to write a book that is not only entertaining, but it does send a good message. High-Five to Barbara Dee!
This is Me From Now On is about a middle school student named Evie who is BFFs with Lily and Nisha. You now the type — attached at the hip. That is until another girl, Francesca, moves next door with her actress Aunt. Francesca is beautiful but she is also incredibly strange. To say that she dances to the beat of her own drummer would be an understatement. Whatever social rules you have come to know, Francesca will break them all.
In middle school, image is everything (oh I remember middle school all too well) and Francesca is flat out embarrassing. That’s too bad because Evie is stuck with her on a very important project for a class. Her BFFs just don’t understand. Soon Evie finds herself alienated from her soul sisters and thrust into the unpredictable world of Francesca. Francesca is a lot to handle, but there is nothing boring about her. You’ll want to keep reading, just to find out what she says and does, next.
This is Me From Now On is a wonderful and interesting tale about the various people who come into your life and force you to stop and smell the roses, dance in the rain, and take chances. This was my first novel by Barbara Dee and I am very excited to have another one, Trauma Queen, waiting for me. It is very refreshing to read something that I will want to pass along to my daughters when they are older.