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From the inside jacket: I like rules.  What I’m not so crazy about is everything else.

When nine-year-old Allie Finkle’s parents announce that the family is moving, Allie’s sure her life is over.

She’s not at all happy about having to give up her pretty pink wall-to-wall carpeting for creaky floorboards and creepy secret  passageways…not to mention leaving her modern, state-of-the-art suburban school for a rundown, old-fashioned school just two blocks from her new house.

With a room she’s half-scared to go into, the burden of being “the new girl,” and her old friends all a half-hour car ride away, how will Allie ever learn to fit in?

Review: I LOVE Allie Finkle.  She is hilarious!  I have to say, this is Meg Cabot comedy at it’s finest.  I actually laughed out loud numerous times throughout the book.  I also found myself agreeing with a lot of Allie’s observations and feelings.

My main problem with the book is that most of Allie’s rules are not actually rules.  For instance Brothers – and parents – can be insensitive. is not a rule. It’s a statement. It doesn’t count if it doesn’t hurt is more of a maxim. And that is kind of how I felt for most of her “rule” – they were more statements of maxims of some kind. So that kind of bugged me. I have a very good imagination but sometimes I am very literal about things.

Side note: I can smell the empty container of my Fage yogurt in the garbage and it kind of smells not as good as when I ate it 20 minutes ago.

Back to business…even though Allie’s rules weren’t all rules, I completely loved the book and thought Allie was absolutely the funniest kid on the planet. Also, Allie Finkle reminded me of my nine-year-old neighbor also named Ally.

I really love Allie’s character.  She is the type of girl I wish I’d been like at 9.  I mean, she is annoyed that her best friend cries all the time and is spoiled.  That’s a nine-year-old I can stand behind.  I haven’t enjoyed a character this much in a long time.  There wasn’t anything about her that I didn’t like.  I am fully ready and unable to wait to read the second book (and hopefully there will be a third, and a fourth and…)

Look for Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: The New Girl in stores now.  It is the follow up to Moving Day.  I swear, a review will be posted soon. 

Also school starts again in a week.  Would anyone like to volunteer to drop Collection Development so I can add it??? PLEASE?


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