Clementine (Clementine, #1)Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Clementine is awesome. Why did I wait so long to pick up this series? It’s like getting a glimpse inside the head of that kid who never seems to be paying attention, who’s always getting involved in ridiculous incidents like cutting a classmate’s hair, and who is just plain exasperating. Except, when you get inside her head, it all makes sense. People are always saying, “Clementine, pay attention!” and it’s unfair because she IS paying attention – she’s paying attention to what’s happening outside the classroom window, or to what someone else is saying. She’s paying attention to the things that seem important to HER.

I haven’t laughed this hard in a while – and the audio version is pitch perfect. I can still hear Clementine’s voice in my head every time I type “pay attention.” The only downside to listening to the book is missing out on Marla Frazee’s perfect illustrations – get a copy of the book to flip through while you listen and enjoy the best of both worlds. It’s a quick, funny read with great pacing and well-rounded characters – highly recommended.

Source: my public library

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