The Crepe Makers' Bond by Julie Crabtree
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Three friends learn how to navigate the waters of 8th grade together. Maddie or M for short is the super smart one in the group but she's got issues at home. Her parents are divorced and her mom suffers from agoraphobia. M has been best friends with Ariel since preschool. They have shared a lot together over the years. Ariel has a great home life and wants to be the next Rachel Ray but has a lot of self-consciousness because of her bright red hair and large um, bosom. The newest member of their group is Nicki. Nicki is the sweet one but seems to have some secrets that M and Ariel just cannot seem to crack.
There definitely was a lot of melodrama in this story, but I had to remind myself that they are 8th graders, and well, 8th graders thrive on melodrama! The basic premise of this book is that M's mom is moving north during the middle of their 8th grade year and the girls are not ready for M to leave them. So the girls petition their parents for M to stay for the rest of 8th grade by living with Ariel and her family. M moves in with Ariel and they begin the longest sleepover ever. However, as promised with 8th grade girls, drama ensues. M and Ariel both get their feelings hurt but neither knows how to approach the other one. Things finally come to a head resulting in what could potentially be the end of M's and Ariel's friendship.
Throughout the book, Ariel shares her recipes. Some sound quite tasty but I have to be honest that I do have to wonder how an 8th grader would have come up with those!
All in all, this is a very clean book and an easy read about friendship.
Thank you NetGalley for this read.
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