Amelia Gray is Almost Okay by Jessica Brody
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing Date: March 28, 2023
When you can choose to be anyone, how do you know who you really are? From the author of Better You Than Me and I Speak Boy comes another fun and relatable book about new experiences and how staying true to yourself is the best way to be okay.
Twelve-year-old Amelia Gray has changed schools thirty-nine times (!!!) because of her dad’s job, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for making friends. But that’s okay. Amelia loves her “life on the go” with Dad and their adorable supermutt, Biscotti. She’s been in enough middle schools to know that friendships are messy, and who needs that?
But when her dad announces that he wants to stay in their new town for the whole summer—maybe even forever—Amelia realizes she’s going to have to do the one thing she’s never had to do: fit in.
So she gives herself not one but three total makeovers, to try out a few personalities and hopefully find her “thing.” Is she Amie, a confident track star? Mellie, a serious journalist? Or Lia, a bold theater kid?
Juggling three identities is hard, and Amelia soon finds herself caught in the kind of friendship drama she has always managed to avoid. Yet despite her best efforts, she still can’t answer the most important question of all: Who is the real Amelia Gray?
About the Author:
Jessica Brody is the author of more than 20 novels for teens, tweens, and adults including The Geography of Lost Things, The Chaos of Standing Still, Amelia Gray is Almost Okay, A Week of Mondays, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, the Unremembered trilogy, and the System Divine trilogy which is a sci-fi reimagining of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, co-written with Joanne Rendell. She’s also the author of the #1 bestselling novel-writing guides, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel and Save the Cat! Writes a Young Adult Novel as well as several books based on popular Disney franchises like Descendants and LEGO Disney Princess. Jessica’s books have been translated and published in over 20 languages and several have been optioned for film and television. She’s the founder of the Writing Mastery Academy and lives with her husband and three dogs near Portland, OR.
Now I love me a middle grade and Amelia Gray is Almost Okay was okay sorry about the pun there but II can't help it.
For me there were two halves to this story and I preferred the final part where Amelia fixed things it showed me that even though she was trying to be three different people so she could 'find her thing' but ended up hurting her three new friends Esme, Katerina and Maren and for me that is a pretty brave thing to do.
I wish more of the story was about Amelia finding more things about her Mum after realising that Summerville was where her Mum had grown up and I found that very poignant.
There were two characters I adored and they were Biscotti and Finn were a hilarious combination and both of them in different ways made Amelia to think more about what she was doing.
For all these reasons I am giving Amelia Gray is Almost Okay 3 stars