Middle school is a test, but Cici Reno has all the answers. She’s the go-to girl for advice. She’s cool, she’s funny, and she’s enlightened (thanks to yoga classes at her mom’s studio). So when her pretty BFF, Aggie, is too shy to speak to the boy she’s crushing on, Cici goes online and does the talking for her. The only problem is, Cici starts to fall for the guy herself! For the first time in her life. she doesn’t have a clue.
Title: Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchMaker
Author: Kristina Springer
Publication date: April 19, 2016
Cici’s best friend Aggie returns home from a summer at her dad’s with a new bra size and suddenly everyone can’t help but notice. Even grown men stare at her boobs. (She’s twelve!) All of this attention is unwanted and it makes Aggie self-conscious and shy, especially around Drew, her crush who happens to be friends with Cici’s brother. In an attempt to help Aggie and Drew connect, Cici goes Cyrano de Bergerac and creates a fake Twitter profile to talk to Drew. At first it’s just to find out more about him, but then she starts pretending to be Aggie. Twitter seems like an odd choice of social media for middle schoolers to use, but I’m not sure there’s really a platform for just chatting with someone anymore in the way there used to be AIM. Most kids probably just text? Obviously that wouldn’t work for the story though.
Cici and Drew, as it turns out, have a lot in common. They even share the same taste in books and spend most of their time talking about their favorite series. I’m not a fantasy fan, but the books they discuss sound really good and I wish they were real so I could read them. Aggie and Drew, on the other hand, don’t actually have much in common. Aggie doesn’t even like to read. Poor Drew is confused when he and Cici-as-Aggie can spend hours talking online but the real Aggie doesn’t have much to say to him in person.
Cici tries so hard to help Aggie, but eventually she realizes that she likes Drew too. She really struggles with this and tries to hide her feelings from both Aggie and Drew, but as always, the truth will come out. I think the way they all deal with it is realistic and age-appropriate. There are a few times I felt Cici was written older than her age, but for the most part, she sounds like a typical seventh-grader.
On Goodreads, Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchMaker is listed as the first book in a series. I don’t know if I’ll read the rest because I’m not dying to know what happens to Cici, Aggie, Drew, and their friends, but I did enjoy this one.