Review: Friends Forever by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Written with a great deal of sensitivity, this one tackles just how hard life can be in middle school. Shannon is a sensitive kid, and is often treated unfair by those around her, including adults. Her parents want what is best for her, but they don't always understand, and some of her ideas--like wanting to find a casting agent, end in disaster. The novel also has a lot to say about body image, and self image.
As always LeUyen Pham's illsutrations are superb, and bring something special to the page, fleshing Hale's work out to its full potential.
Although this is the third book in a series, it can just as easily be read as a stand alone. Friends Forever is a well told story of middle school, insecurities and living with an undiagnosed metal illness, written with sensitivity and a whole lot of heart.