Review: This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker by Terra Elan McVoy

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Title: This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker
Author: Terra Elan McVoy
Pub. Date: May 2016
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Description:

In this heartwarming companion to Drive Me Crazy, twelve-year-old Fiona Coppleton is living a middle schooler’s worst nightmare: her diary was made public and her best friend is partly to blame.

Fiona and Cassie are supposed to be best friends forever. No one else listens or makes Fiona laugh like Cassie, and that meant everything when Fiona’s parents were divorcing. They love each other in spite of their (many) differences, and even though Cassie cares a little too much about being popular, Fiona can’t imagine life without her.

Until Fiona’s diary is stolen by the most popular girls at school, and her most secret thoughts are read out loud on the bus. Even worse: Cassie was there, and she didn’t do anything to stop it. Now, for some reason, she’s ignoring Fiona. Suddenly the whole world has shifted.

Life without a best friend is confusing, scary, maybe impossible. But as Fiona navigates a summer of big changes, she learns more about herself—and friendship—than she ever thought possible.


The Review

I really enjoyed this book. A lot more than I thought I would. It has a little bit of everything, especially with the characters, which made it fun to read. Each character had such a personality that was believable and easy to love.

I personally would classify this as a diverse book. The diversity might not be as obvious as other diverse books out there. However, the main character Fiona and her sister Leelu are black. And Fiona met a friend with two dads. Then, her mother is a single independent black woman (which I admire in books, regardless of color).

When I first started reading This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker . . . I was afraid it was going to be cheesy and “trashy.” Kind of like the way The Clique series is. You know, a bunch of middle school girls snubbing each other and bringing down their self esteem. Then when Fiona had her diary stolen and read to everyone, I was like “here comes all the drama,” and not in a good way!

However, it didn’t go as expected. I’m so thankful for that. Fiona could’ve sought revenge, she could’ve gotten back at the girls who invaded her privacy. There was one incident in the food court, but that was nothing. Fiona was very grown up about the whole thing. While she did wallow and felt sorry for herself, she still decided to make the best of it.

This is a book that promotes positivity, emotional growth, learning when to let go and realise when something is toxic for you, and to just go with the flow.

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