Thursday, December 8, 2011
Addie on the Inside by James Howe
Addie is the only girl in a group of misfits (see The Misfits, also by Howe). Addie doesn't fit in because she is tall, smart and outspoken. In this book she is in seventh grade and finds herself questioning herself and the other girls around her. Why do they seem to act dumber when boys are around? Why do people roll their eyes when she raises her hand in class? Why does her boyfriend seem to get annoyed when she stands up for things she believes in? I loved, loved, loved this book! Having read The Misfits, which I also loved, I was actually hoping that there would be more of a gay theme to this one (even though Joe also has his own book). Gay issues are addressed but since this is Addie's story that was not the main theme. But I was very happily surprised to find that this book is a strong feminist piece instead. It is written in free verse which I usually hate because the kids hate it, but I still loved the book. That's how good it is!