Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Jennifer Chan Is Not AloneJennifer Chan Is Not Alone by Tae Keller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone is a book about one thing, but really it's a much deeper and powerful message. Jennifer Chan is the new girl, and her story is told by her neighbor Mallory. Mallory is excited to have someone her age in the neighborhood. She also has to figure out how Jennifer, who has lots of interests including exploring the existence of aliens, fits with her current friends. Because the reality is, her other friends just don't want to build that relationship with Jennifer. More than anything, this is a book about what healthy friendship looks like, and those moments when we realize friendships just might not be the best for us anymore. This is told through Mallory who has to encounter some tough truths, and seeing it through her eyes is especially powerful. This is such a powerful read on the true dynamics of friendships for kids, and this is such an important topic. Also, this book has an author's note at the end, and it is an essential read to understand the importance of this story. Thanks to NetGalley for the early look at this April 2022 release.

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