Book Review: Twelve Months Of Awkward Moments – A Intense Contemporary Young Adult Novel
Book Title: Twelve Months of Awkward Moments
Author: Lisa Acerbo
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: August 30th, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
I am not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this book, but I know I did not expect what I found. While Twelve Months of Awkward Moments did feel at times – well, awkward to read – and that is mostly because I prefer books that are not written in the style of first person present tense narrative. But for the most part – I was highly entertained, and thoroughly enjoyed spending time on the journey of the main character, Dani, a sweet young girl, who truly has good motives, and simply wants to do her best – even if it does not always pan out that way.
This book is absolutely written for a Young Adult audience in mind, but it clearly is entertaining and relatable enough, that even I – who is far from a Young Adult – could enjoy the story. The Author managed to carefully craft a plot, (which I do not want to give away) that shares a lot of the Angst, and troubles many young people go through, maybe not in that dramatic fashion, but without making it sound cartoonish, or distant. And – for once – it was a Young Adult novel, that did not feature the paranormal, or some kind of dystopian fantasy, which seem to have had its prime over the last few years. Instead, it features a stalker – which is something way too many of us have to deal with – a sad but scary truth. Emotional, and raw, the reactions of Dani rang true and were not forced, which made it even more “entertaining” to spent time in her head, in this journal style novel.
If you ever struggled with anxiety, as I have, I think you should give Twelve Months of Awkward Moments a try. I read that the Author was inspired to write this books after doing research on the subject, and her care for the subject matter shows.
4 out of 5 Stars
Dani can’t wait for senior year at college. A straight-A scholar whose anxiety is a daily struggle, being awkward, introverted, and studious has become a way of life. She vows this year will be different. It’s time to move beyond her comfort zone, but that’s not easy.Dani’s wild roommate and handsome best friend hate each other; her crazy family won’t leave her alone; and a new job forces her to be social. Unfortunately, when college romance finally calls, Dani is unable to answer thanks to a stalker who has her all tied up.Can she stay alive long enough to find love and graduate?
About the Author:
She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, two dogs, and horse.
When not writing, she mountain bikes, hikes, and fosters dogs.