Awkward by Marni Bates

I had no idea what to expect from Awkward.  I was intrigued, but the plot sounds like it could be cheesy and a little cliché at first glance. And it might well have been, coming from any other author, but Marni Bates pulls it off.

Bates is a debut, college-student author, and we can all expect fantastic things from her. I fell in love with her storytelling style and her narrative voice immediately.

Awkward follows Mackenzie Wellesley (sometimes Kenzie, but never Mack), an invisible geek in every sense of the word. Until, that is, her awkward and embarrassing CPR attempt ends up on YouTube.

From there, her life skyrockets into a whole new world of fame. Suddenly, she’s getting designer clothes, being chased by paparazzi, and Ashton-freaking-Kutcher is tweeting about her! But then the hot band The ReadySet features Kenzie’s YouTube humiliation in their music video, which leads to concert tickets and backstage passes to their concert in Portland—not to mention backstage bonding and singing onstage with lead singer Timothy Goff! Kenzie starts getting calls from everyone from Dr. Oz to Ellen, all wanting interviews.

Of course, on top of all this new-found fame, Kenzie has to deal with everything your average high school girl has to deal with: crushes, popularity, and her after-school tutoring job with the boy she doesn’t know she’s crushing on.

The thing that I most like about this book is the characters. Ms. Bates has crafted such incredible characters that you will be laughing, crying and cheering right along with them. I fell in love with Mackenzie and her crew right from the start.

I will say that at a couple points in the story, Bates sort of skims over parts that ought to be significant—occasionally, big events are mentioned, and then forgotten. That annoyed me just a little bit.

But overall, I really enjoyed Awkward by Marni Bates. Highly recommended!


 Kinsey (Kinsey Alexis on Figment) lives in North Carolina, and loves writing reviews for Figment. She’s been writing and reading for as long as she can remember, and loves being able to create new worlds completely from scratch. Her favorite part about writing is creating the characters. And her favorite part about reading? Being sucked into the universe of the book, unable to escape the grip of a well-crafted novel.

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