Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life

 
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Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life
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April 25, 2006
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1416947396
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Twelve-year-old Cassie has a lot to cope with when her father moves "out of the picture." Her mom's constantly working overtime, her teenage sister's going AWOL, and her little brother seriously needs attention. It's up to Cassie to prevent total chaos at home -- or so she thinks. She can't control everything, though. At school Cassie's two "best" friends are turning nasty, and a cute boy is sending mixed signals. And then there's Mr. Mullaney -- the weirdest, hardest English teacher in the seventh grade -- who hates everything she does. Since Mr. Mullaney isn't even reading her brilliant work, Cassie starts submitting journal entries like "A Virtual Tour of My Insanely Messy Desk." But her sassy humor isn't winning her any friends or helping her ailing grades. What's a girl to do when life gets totally insane?

Barbara Dee has created a witty, poignant portrait of an intense, honest, feisty girl who is ferociously funny and only too human.

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Just Another Day In My Insanely Real Life is a very accurate portrayal of life as a 12-year old, when life isnt all fine and dandy. Cassies family wasnt perfect, but they were doing just great, until her father moves out of the picture. Now, instead of their nice-sized house with their own backyard, Cassie is living with her mom, older sister, and little brother in an apartment-sized unit. No more swim team for Cassie, and no more free time to spend with friends. Not that she has friends anymore, since all of her old friends seem to have abandoned her, just because shes not on swim team anymore. Her mom is always working overtime, and her big sister Miranda is supposed to be taking care of cooking, the house, and watching their little brother Jackson. Instead, she never comes home after school, forgets to go grocery shopping, and leaves Cassie in charge of everything.

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.
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the best book i've ever read!!!
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Reader reviewed by katelyn

I love this book! It is the best bok i've ever read!But,I need to know if there is another book about Cassie, Miranda,and Jackson! I love this book and i really really realy really really really really.......... want to read another one with the same characters and new charachters, like cassie's dad.PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEE respond at my email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. My name is Katelyn Brechtel 10yrs.old from california and a fann of cassie! bye bye!
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Reader reviewed by stephanie

I have to admit, I didn't enjoy this book too much. I'm not sure why but I just remember not liking it while I was reading it.



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. :)
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