Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes

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Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes
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Release Date
September 26, 2017
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978-0062398819
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Things are looking up for Abbie Wu: this year she’ll run for class president and get a brand-new shiny locker. Until—she doesn’t… In her second tumultuous misadventure, Abbie Wu tackles more unbelievably unfair and calamitous middle school days. From facing locker thieves and battling diabolical cats to having absolutely no idea what to build for her science project, Abbie Wu is still in perpetual crisis. From author and professional doodler Booki Vivat, this second story follows Abbie Wu, your favorite hilariously neurotic middle school girl, as she tries to come up with solutions to what seems to be a series of inevitable catastrophes. Akin to Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes is heavily illustrated, embarrassingly honest, and sure to appeal to anyone hoping to figuring out how to survive the ordinary mishaps of middle school.

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'Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes' by Booki Vivat is an adorable, illustrated story that not only proves a fast read, but also a truly enjoyable one. From the accurate and telling illustrations, to main character Abbie Wu's questioning and uncertain attitude about life in general, Vivat has crafted a story that anyone in middle school and beyond can relate to as they consider their own experiences.

Even though the story would have read well without the illustrations, they are most welcome, as they truly bring additional empathy for the characters and their attitudes within the story. Abbie's relationship with her family's cat, her worry over who stole her locker, and her neverending concern about how things will ever work out in her favor make her character jump off of each page.

Anyone who reads 'Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes' (the second in the series) and has not yet read 'Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom' (the first in the series) will want to grab it as quickly as possible. Vivat's relatable and focused writing stands out in the world of contemporary realistic fiction. Highly recommended!
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Booki Vivat's relatable and focused writing stands out in the world of contemporary realistic fiction. A highly recommended read!
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