Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life
Barbara Dee has created a witty, poignant portrait of an intense, honest, feisty girl who is ferociously funny and only too human.
So now, Cassies responsible for picking up cat food in the middle of the night, cooking dinner, and a host of other ridiculous chores, on top of doing her homework for school. Does she tell on Miranda? No, Cassie may be mad, but she does everything in her power to keep her mom thinking that everything at home is fine. That the three kids can get along alright on their own.
As for school, thats another story entirely. Cassies evil English teacher is more concerned with teaching them meaningless grammar than on developing their voice as writers. Cassie works so hard on her journal assignment, crafting the beginnings of a fantasy novel that shes sure her teacher will enjoy reading. But when she discovers that he only counts the pages in their journal, and doesnt even read what they write, Cassie pretty much gives up on her writing. If thats how her teacher wants to play, shell give him page after page of meaningless rambling. Then maybe shell get an A.
Barbara Dee does a surprisingly great job at writing in the voice of a 12-year old, and Cassie is a very believable preteen. So overwhelmed with her own problems, and just trying to get by each day, Cassie wishes that somebody could just notice how incredibly messed up life is right now. Barbara Dee always gives Cassies problems the importance that they deserve. The changes in her life that Cassie is trying to cope with, all while being a good daughter, sister, friend, and student, are incredibly tough. Dee is really able to bring that aspect of the novel to life. I also commend Barbara Dee for her ending, when Cassie is able to forgive her dad for his mistakes, though she doesnt really understand what really went on. Sometimes life is just insane, but that doesnt make it any less real.
What I did like about this book was Cassie's sassy humor and her attempt in writing a very "interesting" story for her English homework. I thought it showed a lot of creativity but it seemed like the type of stuff my little sister would like. The author wrote in a manner that reflected Cassie's age - something that I liked a lot because it showed a realistic side.
Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life seemed like something that can happen to anyone. With Cassie's father moving out and her friends turning all weird on her, I think the book truly depicts what a 7th grader is going through.
The ending was a bit weird for me because I was like: "huh?!" when I read it. I'm not going to go any details otherwise I'll ruin it for you but other than the awkward ending, if you enjoy a light read, then check this one out. :)