The Extremely Embarrassing Life of Lottie Brooks by Katie Kirby Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Lottie Brooks is 11 ¾ and her life is already officially over – not only is she about to start high school without any friends or glamorous swooshy hair, she’s just discovered she’s too flat-chested to wear A BRA!

She might as well give up now and go into hibernation with her hamsters Sir Barnaby Squeakington and Fuzzball the Third.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. I have given The Extremely Embarrassing Life of Lottie Brooks by Katie Kirby five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I absolutely adored Lottie Brooks and would love to read more of her life, especially the trials and tribulations she will experience at secondary school. Lottie Brooks is such a lovable character, she’s witty, hilarious and completely relatable. Lottie grows so much as a person by the end of this book and we absolutely love to see a person grow into a more mature, wise being. Jess and Molly seem like the kind of friends I would’ve loved to have been friends with in secondary school, they actually reminded me of quite a few friends I did have at that time in my life.

The writing had me completely hooked from the beginning of this book, I love when an author writes a book in a diary entry format and the fact that Kirby included illustrations for the reader to enjoy as well was really fun and would definitely appeal to younger readers.

I can’t tell you how much my 11/12 year old self came out whilst reading this book, I had so many nostalgic moments that came over me such as gossiping about boys and the start of heading into womanhood. I absolutely adored the style of writing and I connected so well with Lottie, who reminded me how much as a pre-teen/teenager I really thought it was just me against the world and it’s really interesting and funny to see Lottie feel exactly the same.

This book reminded me of a pre-teen Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and Mates, Dates… type of book. I was completed OBSESSED with both series when I was growing up and loved how much I was able to resonate with characters in a book who was feeling/going through similar things I was.

The overall message of this book is to be yourself, always. I absolutely adore this message and think it’s so important for a younger audience to take this message on board as it can feel like a popularity competition when it comes to starting secondary school and ultimately, that is the least of a young person’s worries although it doesn’t always seem that way at the time.

I would have loved to have read this book growing up and would definitely recommend to girls who are 10+ year olds. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series when it is published in the future!

Will you be picking up this book in the near future? Do you enjoy middle grade books? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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