Allie Finkle, an imaginative, animal-loving nine-year-old, loves rules. An example of her loving of rules is her loving of math and science, is when she says: "Science has a lot of rules (like the one about gravity). So does math (like that five minus three will always be two. That is a rule)." Allie claims that she is "not so crazy about everything else" because there aren't any rules for them. As an example, she uses friendship, except for the Treat your friends the way you'd want them to treat you rule, which she has broken many times. Allie got into a fight that day with her best friend, Mary Kay Shiner, which causes Allie to say this. Mary Kay and Allie were making strawberry frosting for Mary Kay's birthday cupcakes. Mary Kay's babysitter and housekeeper, Carol, was helping them and Mary Kay refused to stop crying because Carol was letting Allie lick the spatula. Allie says this isn't fair as Mary Kay got to lick the beaters although Allie did most of the work, opening the boxes and everything. Allie wonders why she's friends with Mary Kay and remembers that she is the only other girl that is Allie's age who lives on her side of High Street.
When Allie Finkle’s parents announce that they are moving her and her brothers from their suburban split-level into an ancient Victorian in town, Allie’s sure her life is over. With a room she’s half-scared to go into, the burden of being “the new girl,” and her old friends all a half-hour car ride away, how will Allie ever learn to fit in?
I think that the book is amazing and really, really good. Allie is like a normal nine-year-old and Meg Cabot is really good at writing in a kid's perspective. Allie Finkle rocks and will forever more! My favourite part is the one where Allie goes to Brittany's because I love the diastrous parts of books; they tie the whole thing together. The characters are amazingly thought through and all the characters are believable.
This is a good good book.
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- Reading Age: 8+
- Reading Aloud Age: 10+
Allie mentions a boy's brain being splattered in High Street once, about the zombie hand movie she'd watched and about the way Brittany Hauser treats her pet cat. Because of this the book may be a bit unsuitable for young readers.
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