Goo, Maurene. Since You Asked. New York, N.Y: Scholastic Press, 2013.
This story is about Holly, a Korean-American teenager with spunk and a "bad attitude." The tagline, "High School. So funny I forgot to laugh," is perfectly fitting. Holly enjoys writing and what a fake article about the tortures of high school is published her high school social life goes to chaos. She battles her overprotective mom and the mean girls of high school along side her three best friends, attempting to survive the "best years of her life." The author writes in first person, and sounds like the words are coming straight from a 15 year-old girl's mind. "Our school was basically a brick prison surrounding a giant courtyard ..." (pg. 4). Maurene Goo does an exceptional job at writing like an annoyed 15 year old teen. The only illustration from the book are Holly's columns and love notes from her secret admirer. While there aren't colorful, detailed illustrations, they break the story up and make it more interesting to read. I enjoyed the book and think it would be an enjoyable and relatable novel for teenage girls. It was an easy read for me, and I found some parts quite funny. I would not, however, recommend this to anyone under the age of 13, due to the language. Age range to which this book would appeal: 14 to 17.
Reviewer: Jessica Wright