I would never have checked Friendship Over (The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine, #1) out of the library if I hadn’t enjoyed Julie Sternberg’s “Eleanor” series so much. (That would be the series that starts with Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie, in case you’re wondering.) Her writing is simple and succinct and packed with feeling; it’s also laugh-out-loud funny when it wants to be. When I saw she had another series, I thought–why not?
I wasn’t disappointed. Friendship Over deals with real issues that kids face, and it does it without being saccharine or cliched. What’s not to love? If you’ve got a mid-elementary school girl who likes contemporary fiction, and you prefer her to read books with some actual substance rather than drivel, this series ought to be a good compromise. (I actually ordered this one for my 8-year-old for Christmas.) It’s a shorter, easier read, but it’s a thought-provoking one. Let me know what YOU think!