Many a year has passed since I was a 14 year old year girl so being taken back into the mind of one was a novel experience. And LK Gardner-Griffie does a remarkable job of portraying a teen's thoughts and emotions through Katie's narration. I could so relate to Katie McCabe, and so will teens who read Misfit McCabe, and any adult who (honestly) recalls their teen years. You must remember when you thought your hometown was boring and didn't want to be stuck there your whole life. When you needed so passionately to be seen as an individual and not an extension of your family. When running away when you'd messed up seemed the best option, even though you knew that would result in a worse punishment than if you'd stayed put.
Have you ever looked at your own teen and wondered, why are you so contrary? Just what is in that head of yours?
I couldn't help but like Katie McCabe even though she is about as contrary as a teen can be. The teen years are terribly complex, while they try to cope with emotional and physical changes and conflicting feelings. I think teens who read Misfit McCabe will identify with her.
I won't go into the plot as other reviewers have already outlined it. I will say that in Misfit McCabe, Katie's world is turned upside down and she must learn to live with a terrible loss, learn to accept the solace and friendship she is offered, and is plunged into many difficult and, at times, dangerous situations. Through it all, Katie grows as a person.
Misfit McCabe is beautifully written and Katie is an engaging central character. LK Gardner-Griffie truly understands young teens and takes you into their world, with all their insecurities and uncertainties.
I'm sure that more adventures await Katie, more "growing pains" and more lessons from life, in the coming sequel to Misfit McCabe. I can't wait to read it.
Originally printed on Amazon.com. Reprinted here with author's permission.