The History of Hilary Hambrushina
Publication date: May 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Hilary has one goal for her first year in junior high: to become popular. But her plans are turned upside down when her best friend leaves for the summer and a quirky girl named Kallie moves in next door. Kallie paints constellations on her ceiling, sleeps in a hammock, and enacts fantastical plays in front of cute boys on the beach. Yet despite Kallie’s lack of interest in being -cool, – Hilary and Kallie find themselves becoming friends. That summer friendship, however, is put to the test when school begins, reigniting Hilary’s obsession with climbing the social ladder. As Hilary discovers the dark side to popularity, she must decide who she wants to be before she loses everything.
The History of Hilary Hambrushina takes place the summer before Hilary starts junior high. It starts with her saying she is writing her memoir and it had a feel to it that it was written by someone of that age. It made it a little hard to read and this book is definitely geared toward the younger side of the young adult genre. I think it would have been better to put in the middle grade genre. It would be great for preteens to read as they struggle with starting a new school and popularity. I didn’t really get anything from it and was a little disappointed with it. It was good just not what I was expecting. I think there are a lot of lessons to be learned in this book and would recommend that girls read this before going to junior high.
Rating: 3.5 stars
A Journey Prize nominee, Marnie Lamb earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Windsor. Her short stories have appeared in various Canadian literary journals. Her first novel, a YA book named The History of Hilary Hambrushina, is forthcoming from Iguana Books. When she is not writing fiction or running her freelance editing business, she can be found cooking recipes with eggplant or scouting out colourful fashions at the One of a Kind Show.
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