Monday, March 23, 2009

Mackenzie Blue

by Tina Wells
(coming out in May 2009)

Synopsis (taken from back of book):
Meet Mackenzie Blue, aka Zee She has it all—smarts, talent, humor, and style. . . . Is it enough to survive middle school?

Countdown to a 7th Grade Meltdown

1. Your BFF moves away.

2. Someone steals your diary and reveals your deepest secrets—to the entire class.

3. You have one chance to become a rock star and one chance to totally blow it. Guess what!? All three happened to me! School's a disaster already. Don't get me wrong—I love Brookdale Academy and I have a fabulous crew of friends. (At least, I think I do.) But, if I'm going to survive, I need all the help I can get!


This is probably one of the most negative reviews I will write on this blog. I requested this ARC from HarperCollins, thinking that it would be a quick, fun read. I was completely wrong. The first thing I noticed was the cover, all pink and purple. I started getting apprehensive. Then, I read the first paragraph:
Hi, Diary,
Today I'm kind of blue. Not blue as in Mackenzie Blue, which I always am. (Ew! I can't believe I just made that joke.) This kind of blue is so not even funny. Not even a little.

So, that first paragraph, especially the writing and language, kind of indicated to me that Mackenzie Blue was sort of a chick-flick book. And that point was proved several times throughout the story, with all of the annoying text messaging and obsessions over sequins.

All of the characters were very stereotypical and shallow. I didn't get to learn about anyone in-depth, and everything was very predictable. The whole story was very girly (there was a whole page on book bag designs!) and cliched.

Oh, and one more thing. There were sketches in the book (about one small one every page) which were hideous. They gave me headaches. Everyone had big heads, gigantic eyes, super tiny waists, and giant feet. There were pictures of lipstick, hearts, teen posters, etc. (And they weren't even very well drawn.)

So...basically, Mackenzie Blue is definitely not worth your time. Unless you find such books as above hilarious and entertaining.


Emily Ruth said...

hahaha... I think... not.

and you have another zombie chicken award :)

Katie said...

um...rush me to the nearest restroom... I think I am going to be sick with girly-girl-itis!

Beth Kephart said...

oh dear. I shall not comment. I shall not.

Sadako said...

Sounds awful. Those illustrations sound a lot like Bratz dolls!

The idea of someone losing a diary and having the class find out about it can be cool--see Harriet the Spy, but only if they're a good writer. This author doesn't seem to be all that good. I'll be skipping this one!

Jen said...

I find somewhat awful books fun to laugh at. Much like fanfic is fun to laugh at ^_^ that one sounds a bit painful though.

Anonymous said...

I don't see what your talking about.....
One, only one if the characters are REALLY shallow. And that's Kathi.
Two, it is a book for kids not a chick flick.
And three, there isn't sketches on every page. Only when she is in her diary. And we all know that most people can't draw so not every single thing that a person will draw is going to be perfect. Mackenzie Blue was DESIGNED to be a bad artist.