Ever watch reality tv competitions? Me, not so much. Not since Real World ... was it the first or second season? A long enough time ago. ;) I didn't really "get" that draw but I know lots of people who DO enjoy them.
Ever had an embarrassing photo or video posted to social media? Me ... not that I know of. I tend to avoid cameras. :P But it has happened to people that I know. I promise ... I'm not the one that posted them. Truly. I have done silly things that would have been embarrassing but no cameras were around, thank goodness. ;)
Ever felt like you didn't quite belong? Yep.
Like pickle juice? NO. But there I agree with the main character.
Now the little yellow plastic guys ... they are a bit creepy. But that's what makes them funny.
So ... this does not necessarily win the "Ms. O's Newest Favorite of All Time" as a couple parts were more farfetched than I was necessarily always willing to go. That said ... I can definitely can see middle grade readers that would eat this one up. Fans of Shark Week, for example. Or, actually, Captain Underpants. The main character is in eighth grade but I can see fifth or even strong fourth grade readers being fine with this one. No YA subject tendencies. A hint of romantic interest but so little is done about it a kiddo not looking it would most likely miss it altogether.
Also he had me at the a-ha reference. And the chapter titled "Delusions of Grandeur." #imageek #iknowitiliveitiloveit
Now excuse me while I go have some ice cream and bemoan not getting accepted in to GTA Austin on the same day my car's AC compressor blew out and four days before stressful bookfair. Sad face and then moving on. :/
Apparently a nErDcampSA is in the works. ;)