Often, I think I am an awkward person, but you guys, I am FULL of social grace compared to Mackenzie, main character of Awkward by Marni Bates. Yo, Awkward is just what the doctor ordered. You see, sometimes after a stressful day at work, I want a light Meg Cabot-esque contemporary read with compelling characters. Awkward by Marni Bates was the perfect escape and had me grinning pretty hard.
Mackenzie Wellesley has spent most of her life being Awkward but Invisible, as the last time she was the center of attention, her dad ended up leaving her family. So obviously girl has some emotional scars. When an embarrassing video of Mackenzie is posted to youtube, she becomes internet famous – receiving free designer clothes and is followed by the paparazzi. Mackenzie just wants her old life as an Invisible back, where she tutors notable Logan and hangs with her BFFs Corey and Jane. Will fame go to Mackenzie’s head?
Oh, you guys, I just loved Mackenzie’s voice. Marni Bates has created a winsome character in Mackenzie Wellesley. She’s sarcastic, self-deprecating, smart, but also kind of dense. You see, in the beginning of Awkward, Mackenzie has very low self esteem, but then she goes through a transformation where she realizes she’s not so bad after all. I couldn’t help but root for Mackenzie because I LOVE a good underdog story.
Also? The side characters in Awkward by Marni Bates really supplemented the story. Hardworking, studious Jane always has Mackenzie’s back. Corey is her gay BFF whose parents totally support him. He isn’t flamboyant or a caricature, but a truly great friend. AND THEN there is the crush worthy Logan who doesn’t treat Mackenzie as an untouchable, but as an actual person. I think the supporting characters absolutely impact Awkward in a good way, in that I really liked when they would pop up.
Awkward by Marni Bates is written in a breezy writing style. Like I said about, Awkward feels like one of Meg Cabot’s contemporary books. It will appeal to fans of Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway and the unwanted fame storyline. I love these types of books, they aren’t the most literary, but are definitely comfortable reads, perfect for a distressing day where you NEED to just lose yourself in the pages.
Disclosure: Received for review for blog tour.