Natalie is a typical girl. She has doubts about life, troubles with siblings, and two best friends. Natalie and her two girlfriends form a club and create a written pact. A boy teases the girls endlessly, but in the end becomes a friend. There is so much about this book that a 12 year old girl could associate with. Arguments with friends, deceiving parents, dreaming dreams, boy problems, and best friends.
Natalie is somewhat quiet, but she really wants to be a special guest host on her favorite television show. Lucky for her there is a contest for one person to get that opportunity. Unfortunately, her parents already scheduled a family picture day for the twins (Natallie's siblings) the same day as the audition. What is Natalie to do? She forges her parents' signatures on the form. Eventually she is found out. You'll have to read it to see what happens next.
I really liked the way the book was written. It is easy to read, just 150 pages, but there are a lot of story lines in those pages. I don't know any preteen girl who hasn't dealt with virtually all the stuff that Natalie goes through in this book. I like that there are no cuss words or sexual content (no boy/girl romances, etc.) and that it is safe reading for even the most prudent readers. Katie Sparks uses a lot of humor throughout the story and I found myself laughing out loud a few times. I highly recommend Reality Natalie for your junior high daughters.
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If you have a fifth to eigth grade daughter, you need to get this book!