Review! Confusion Is Nothing New by Paul Acampora

Confusion Is Nothing New
By Paul Acampora
192 pages – ages 9+
Published by Scholastic Press on May 29, 2018

Synopsis from Publisher- “Ellie Magari just learned that her mother is dead. Perhaps that would be sad if Ellie had ever met the woman. Exactly who was Ellie’s mom? Does it even matter that she’s gone? Perhaps a dead mom can still help Ellie figure out what it means to be a girl in the world today. Either way, Ellie wouldn’t mind a role model beyond her master chef Dad.

Fueled by the bighearted sounds of ’80s rock and roll, plus large doses of Cyndi Lauper’s girl-power joy, Confusion Is Nothing New is about friendship, family mysteries, and the perfect pizza. It’s also about fathers and daughters and girls who understand that it’s good to make things, but breaking things is okay too.

In fact, sometimes breaking things is required.”

What I Thought- I should start out by saying that I have enjoyed Paul Acampora’s books for almost as long as I have been blogging, and I was glad to see that his craft only continues to improve. The story is an original idea, and I really like how Acampora takes the time to make the setting and characters solid, building a foundation in reality and then letting his imagination run. The plot is simple, but it really showcases the growth and development that Ellie is experiencing. I also really like how the book touches on really great topics that could’ve been up for debate – but left them there to build the story up and didn’t debate their point, just presenting them neutrally; for example, the fact that Ellie goes to a religious school could lead to questions on the existence/plans of God…but it didn’t – it was just her way of life, and religion played an almost nonexistent part in the story. I like that, because it kept the story connected to all audiences. I enjoyed liked this fun story, and I cannot wait to read what Acampora creates next!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Categories: Age 9+

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8 replies

  1. What were the circumstances behind Ellie and her mother’s separation? (Or is the answer to that question a spoiler of some kind?)

  2. Great review, Erik! Love that this book is set in the 80’s! I remember the 80’s. 🙂

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