Secrets of a Fangirl by Erin Dionne, 272 pages. Arthur A Levine (Scholastic), June 2019. $17.
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Since they entered middle school, Sarah Anne, 7thgrade, has always followed the lead of her best friend, Roxy, when it comes to clothes, music, activities, because Roxy knows what will make them popular. But Sarah Anne has hidden the fact that she still loves the MK Nightshade fantasy series. Now Sam (as she’s known on the fan boards) has the chance to win tickets to the world premiere of the latest movie. Can she win the contest and keep her identity secret? Sarah Anne may not be up to the stress of juggling lacrosse, school, a boy, and a contest.
I talked to the counselors at my middle class, white, suburban middle school and they said that friendship drama is the biggest driver of girls into their offices. I hope that Sarah Anne’s story can be a little window into a way for a few of these girls to see that friendships can change or end, but in they end you can’t hide yourself or change yourself just to stay in a group.
Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS