Title: In the Role of Brie Hutchens
Author: Nicole Melleby
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers
Released: June 30, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: Introducing Brie Hutchens: soap opera super fan, aspiring actor, and so-so student at her small Catholic school. Brie has big plans for eighth grade. She’s going to be the star of the school play and convince her parents to let her go to the performing arts high school. But when Brie’s mom walks in on her accidentally looking at some possibly inappropriate photos of her favorite actress, Brie panics and blurts out that she’s been chosen to crown the Mary statue during her school’s May Crowning ceremony. Brie’s mom is distracted with pride—but Brie’s in big trouble: she has not been chosen. No one has. Worse, Brie has almost no chance to get the job, which always goes to a top student.Desperate to make her lie become truth, Brie turns to Kennedy, the girl everyone expects to crown Mary. But sometimes just looking at Kennedy gives Brie butterflies. Juggling her confusing feelings with the rapidly approaching May Crowning, not to mention her hilarious non-star turn in the school play, Brie navigates truth and lies, expectations and identity, and how to—finally—make her mother really see her as she is. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: This was very cute. Brie watches a lot of soap operas and definitely has a flair for the dramatic, this flair gets her into many situations that she then has to find her way out of. It's also a story of acceptance and family.
I enjoyed it. I had fun reading it. Just watching to see what Brie was going to do next was very entertaining. It also had a very heartfelt message to it.
I'd definitely recommend this one to readers. I had a good time while reading. It also touches on difficult topics in a very understanding way.
is a born-and-bred Jersey girl with a passion for storytelling. She studied creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and currently teaches creative writing and literature courses with a handful of local universities. When she’s not writing, she can be found browsing the shelves at her local comic shop or watching soap operas with a cup of tea.
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