Publisher's Synopsis: "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."
This Is Me From Now On manages to be a realistic, easy read while imparting some important messages concerning self-worth and being true to one's self. It is filled with all the awkwardness and uncertainty of middle school as it tells the story of worrisome Evie and free-spirited Francesca in authentic and engaging voices. Though Evie is the protagonist, I liked Francesca so much more. She seemed more mature and less judgmental, though Evie does grow on you.
An easy and fun read for middle school girls.
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Genre: Realistic Fiction
Themes: Friendship, Self-Reflection, Uniqueness
Thank You to author Barbara Dee for my copy
Date: April 2010
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