Book Review: The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

Chronicle Books Published May 6, 2014 220 Pages
Chronicle Books
Published May 6, 2014
220 Pages

Everything is a serious matter to Maggie. Turning 11 years old means one year closer to college, voting and a tattoo. But when her dad’s legs mysteriously stop working,

Maggie is determined to figure out why and fix it; because future President of the U.S.A. Coco-Cola shareholder and winner of her school’s science fair anything is possible. 

This book was cute and incredible sad at the same time. As a grown woman this book was a lot for me to handle. Firstly, Maggie is a very serious girl and knows exactly what she wants when she wants it. Completely different from her sisters; one is a fast girl and the other is a quiet responsible girl.

What I liked about Maggie was the fact that she wasn’t a brat and she liked school. . .  not just reading but school as a whole.  I loved her relationship with her Dad. She adored him and everything he did and was freaking out in a confused, constructed way. What I didn’t like was the lack of attention Maggie really got from her family. I believe if she wasn’t always in their face with questions she would be looked over.

I felt that due to her father’s sickness (he has MS), Maggie was expected to grow up fast so she didn’t really catch a break. I felt really bad.

Overall the story did pull some emotion which I guess was the point but I am not 100%  if I would let a pre-teen read this. 4 Pickles

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