Friday, April 18, 2014

Maggie Malone and the Mostly Magical Boots by Jenna McCarthy, Olivia Swann

Maggie always looked forward to her present from Aunt Fi, but this one is way weird.  Why would she send her an old pair of scruffy cowboy boots?

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st, so keep an eye out for it then.

Maggie Malone is having a terrible life.  Her father has lost his job, and now she has to leave the private Catholic school and go to public school.  It's awful!  She'll leave everything she's familiar with, her best friend, and all her familiar classes.  It's even worse because it's mid-year.  How's she going to cope?

The first day at the new school is a disaster.  She gets a bottom locker and while she's trying to get into it, another girl steps on her sandwich for lunch.  She's late to class and has to get a note.  When she goes back later to exchange textbooks at her locker, someone drops a history book on her head and she ends up in the nurse's office.  And guess what, she's late for class again...

When she gets home, she tries on the boots.  They're not bad but they won't go with much.  She's debating over how they will look with an outfit when she's sees a man in the mirror!  She freaks and tries to defend herself but there's nobody there.  The only place she can see him is in the mirror.  Then he tells he's a genie.  Sure, dude, sure.

When her girlfriend comes to visit, she hides the boots.  She's not ready to talk about her genie yet.  And all her friend wants to talk about is the new hot pop star, Becca.  Once her friend has gone, she puts on the boots again and settles down on her bed.  As she daydreams about Becca, she wishes she had a life like that.  Uh oh...

I've always wished I could trade places with someone and live their life for a bit.  After reading about Maggie, I think I'll change my mind.  Poor girl...

The ending is the best part of this book.  Maggie learns several things from her experience as Becca and from her genie.  Her aunt's present has a special magic to help Maggie with life, and that makes it all worth while.

Happy reading.

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