By Kelley Crawford
Lisa Papademetriou Shows that Craziness is Just a Regular Day in High School
Summary: Cuckoo Clarke has just gotten out of a mental hospital, but she’s finding that being back in high school isn’t doing much for her sanity. With a new foster mom and intense friends with single personalities, she is up against the slings and arrows of everyday existence. From having a crush on her teacher to her good friend crumbling under the pressures of perfection, Cuckoo is attempting to navigate her way through being a teenager. There are the “haters” in her school that try to sabotage her and her friend’s Love Rally, and when her new foster parent ends up dying Cuckoo Clarke is facing challenges she never thought possible. She faces them, though, with spunk, and she never let’s herself get too deep.
Review: Homeroom Diaries is written in the form of Cuckoo’s diary, and that is exactly what the reader gets—a high school girl’s perspective on life. The language, dialogue, and plot focus are that of a teenager who doesn’t dive too far below the surface. The chapters are short, which moves the story along, while the illustrations offer a second explanation of the text. Somewhere between graphic novel and traditional story, Homeroom Diaries is an easy read that can entertain.
Bottom Line: A fast read with a digestible storya Rafflecopter giveaway