Friend or Fiction Book Review

Thank You to Charlesbridge Teen for the advanced copy of this book.

Summary: (From GoodReads)

One creative middle-schooler schooler discovers that the best friend a girl can have is the one she makes herself in this charming magical realism read.

Jade’s life hasn’t exactly been normal lately, especially since her dad’s cancer diagnosis. Jade wishes her family could leave their no-name town in Colorado already–everybody else does sooner rather than later, including every best friend Jade’s ever had. So she makes one up. In the pages of her notebook, she writes all about Zoe–the most amazing best friend anyone could dream of.

But when pretend Zoe appears in real life thanks to a magical experiment gone right, Jade isn’t so sure if she likes sharing her imaginary friend with the real world. To keep her best friend (and even make some new ones), Jade learns how to cope with jealousy, that friends should let friends be true to themselves, and that maybe the perfect best friend doesn’t exist after all.

Thoughts: I’ve read a lot of middle grade books lately and love how they center on friendship. At that age all I wanted was to escape to a world in which friendships were just beautiful and nothing went wrong. I love that this book explores the concept of a perfect friendship and how that can be unhealthy too.

I loved how they handled jade’s father having cancer and her feelings about it. Jade and Bo’s feelings both felt very real. I liked that they didnt brush over it but they explored the anger and frustration that came with this family’s grieving.

Something else I liked about this book was how Jade uses writing as her escape. I thought it was a great way for other topics to be introduced and for her to explore her relationships with others. I loved how her teacher brings things to light about her writing and how real life can sometimes be reflected in writing.

You can get this book at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.

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