Review! Always, Abigail by Nancy Cavanaugh

alawaysabigailAlways, Abigail
By Nancy Cavanaugh
320 pages – ages 9+
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on August 5, 2014

Synopsis- Abigail Walters was entering the sixth grade, and, along with her best friends Alli and Cami, can’t wait to become a Pompom Girl. Then everything goes wrong. Alli and Cami get the same homeroom, and have the same teachers. Abigail has the meanest homeroom teacher in the school. When that teacher assigns a project where you write letters to an assigned person in the class, Abigail gets paired with Gabby – an outcast-y, “weird”-type – and Abigail dreads it. But what if she actually starts to like Gabby? And starts to realize that her friends aren’t as nice as she thought they were?

What I liked-This was a great book about choosing what you  should do, over what you want to do. At first, I wasn’t sure about the writing style of the book, it started off as list after list after list, but then I figured out that the book was written like a notebook, and I found myself really liking it. Abigail tells her story though lists and small paragraphs (for example: 3 Reasons I Know I Was Born To Be A PomPom Girl, and What I Wanted To Say, But Didn’t). The style really grew on me. Abigail has always wanted to be one of those popular “PomPom Girls” (I am figuring that is a cheerleader), but first, she doesn’t get any classes with her two best friends, and then, in her Language Arts room, she gets partnered with the biggest “loser” in 6th grade and she pretty much thinks her life is over. I didn’t really like how Abigail blatantly calls Gabby (her partner), a “loser” in her notebook. I really disliked her at first, but I guess that is the point of the story. 😉 Abigail goes through a natural, yet significant, character change. As a reader, I really enjoy that in a book.

I give “Always, Abigail” four out of five bookworms!fourbooks

Categories: Age 9+

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17 replies

  1. Sounds like an interesting technique to tell a story. And it sounds like a good girly tale. I mean that in a good way. 🙂

  2. This sounds like a wonderful book about accepting others.

  3. I haven’t heard of this one before- but it sounds like an interesting book. What a unique format. 🙂

  4. Sound like an important book for kids to read. Very important message about assumptions we tend to make that are usually wrong. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Erik!

  5. This book sounds very real life to me. So many young girls want to be part of the cool crowd. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family.

  6. Thank you for such a lovely review of ALWAYS, ABIGAIL! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!
    Nancy J. Cavanaugh

  7. Thank you to all who have commented about the review! It is nice to hear that so many readers see this as a relevant topic for middle grade girls. Sometimes as adults we forget just how hard it is for young people to make good choices while they are finding their way in the world as they grow up.

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