TBH, IDK What's Next (TBH, #4)

TBH, IDK What's Next (TBH, #4)
Age Range
8+
Release Date
May 07, 2019
ISBN
978-0062689993
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Three BFFs set out to have the BEST SUMMER EVER in the fourth book in this addictive series told entirely in text messages.

BFFAEs Prianka, Cece, and Gabby are ready to have an unforgettable summer—but they don’t agree on what that means.

For Cece and Gabby, everything is CAMP, CAMP, CAMP! But Prianka wants to forget about sleeping in the woods and hang out at the pool before her big family trip to India. Gabby won’t stop obsessing over the likes on her camp photos while Cece won’t pick up her phone at all.

With “back-to-school” looming and relationships changing at lightning speed, can CPG4Eva sort out their differences before classes start and things really change?

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1 review
engaging read about some problems of social media
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
TBH, IDK WHAT'S NEXT follows four best friends over their summer before seventh grade. They are all determined to have the Best Summer Ever, but this is not as easy as they thought it would be. Prianka (Pri), Cecily (Cece), and Gabrielle (Gabby) are at a summer camp, where they are going screen-free. While all three thought they would love camp, Pri finds herself homesick and not enjoying it, while Cece and Gabby are loving it all.

Pri keeps sneaking her phone and is happy when summer camp ends, and she decides that they will have the Best Summer Ever 2.0 when they get back home- before she has to go on a family trip to India. When they return, they meet back up with their friend Victoria, but Cece enjoyed being screen-free and so is avoiding using their usual mode of communication (phones).

Gabby is obsessed with the summer camp photo album and how her pictures look, falling into the social media trap of comparisons, jealousy, and feelings of inadequacies. As the girls navigate their summer, evolving identities, and their upcoming school year, there is a lot for the middle grade audience to relate to and take away.

What I loved: This book series has such a unique setup that is really intriguing. Told mostly through texts (with plenty of text speech and emojis), but also through emails and handwritten notes, this book feels like you really get to peep into the BFFs lives. I also really enjoyed the messages about phone use and social media- how these can be fun but also harmful. The book moves quickly and so is a fun read for the middle grade crowd, who can empathize with these issues.

Final verdict: Overall, this is a delightful continuation of a cute series that will certainly appeal to the middle grade audience. With plenty of emojis and some great underlying messages about the power and problems of social media, this is a quick and fascinating read. Recommend for middle grade readers who are looking for something engaging and unique.
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