Friday, October 3, 2014

Eliza Bing is (Not) a Big, Fat Quitter by Carmella Van Vleet

 Eliza can't wait to take a cake decorating class with her best friend Tony.  Tony and Eliza plan to take over his family's bakery when they grow up and the class is being taught by their favorite television personality.  But the class is expensive and Eliza overhears her parents talking about all the other activities she has started and quit which makes them reluctant to spend money on the cake class.  So Eliza decides to show them she can follow through!  She takes her brother's place in his tae kwon do class and gets her parents to agree that she can take the cake class in the fall if she finishes the summer class.  Although Eliza doesn't want her family to think she's a quitter, she finds tae kwon do difficult, especially when she discovers that her nemesis Madison is in her class.  Will she have the resolve to follow through on her latest class?

This book is meant for a young audience but I really liked it, especially with that in mind.  Eliza is funny and sweet and the chapter titles made me laugh.  Her struggle with martial arts was realistic because they aren't easy!  And being forced to interact with Madison revealed things about both girls.  The cover looks young and silly but I think there is more depth to the book than the cover might convey.