Making Friends (paperback)
by Kristen Gudsnuk
I honestly don’t remember when I read this book, but I know it was this month. I hate when things are out of order, but it can’t be helped. It’s been a busy month!
Making Friends is the story of a girl who is unhappy with herself, so she finds a magical book and is able to draw what she desires. That happens to be a friend. Then she realizes the consequences, because she isn’t truly happy, even when it seems she has what she wants.
What I liked about this book is that it is a relatable story. It is odd and unrealistic in that a girl can draw things that come to life, but she has doubts about her own self-worth and wants to fit in. This is something I am positive my own students deal with regularly, and reading a story they can relate to with a relevant moral at the end is something I want them reading, so it is worth putting onto my shelf, even if it wasn’t my favorite book of the year.
What I didn’t like about this book was that I felt genuinely upset for the magical friend who didn’t understand why she didn’t have family. That bothered me, because she herself felt out of place and sad that her family didn’t care.
Book 91 of 2018