Synopses & Reviews
When Emily receives a pack of note cards labeled "Flashcards of My Life" as an unexpected birthday present, she uses them as inspiration to journal and to untangle her knotted life. Includes illustrations by the author.
"Emily, the likable if long-winded narrator of Harper's (Fashion Kitty) novel, receives as a gift a box of fill-in flashcards labeled with topics about which she is meant to record her feelings (friends, embarrassment, regrets, pet peeves, fate, etc.). The candid girl takes full advantage of this venue to vent her quite typical middle-school angst. She grapples with the hypothetical complications of having a boyfriend, wondering how one juggles a boyfriend and friends, yet admits, 'I still want one!' When she discovers that her best friend concealed the fact that she's been dating one of Emily's longtime pals, the heroine is distraught. And Emily worries about her parents' chronic bickering and is subsequently perplexed when they suddenly start getting along. Finally, devastation sets in when she hears the rumor that Andrew, the boy she has a crush on, likes another girl. (A sticky-sweet resolution occurs when Emily and Andrew share a kiss in the park.) Amidst her exhaustive ruminations, illustrated with simple line drawings and chatty charts, Emily dispenses some nuggets that readers will find familiar and comforting: 'Things always look worse at night, when it's dark. Tomorrow everything will be... less bad.' And, referring to a pimple on her chin: 'It's amazing how something so small can ruin your day!' Harper's tale will elicit nods of recognition and a few chuckles. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Charise Mericle Harper is the author of numerous books for children, including Imaginative Inventions and There Was a Bold Lady Who Wanted a Star, with Little, Brown. Her illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Outside Magazine, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, San Francisco Magazine, and the San Francisco Examiner, among others. This is her first novel.