“Sometimes I feel like a wildflower…except wildflowers are beautiful, and most of the time I feel like a sore thumb in a room full of pretty pinkies.” -Izzy
The Charming Life of Izzy Malone by Jenny Lundquist
(Aladdin ~ November 2016)
Review and photo by Kid Lit Exchange reviewer Christina of @mycornerforbooksand on Instagram
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 out of 5
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange program for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
The Charming Life of Izzy Malone is just that – charming. Isabella “Izzy” Malone feels like an outcast in middle school where she is verbally bullied. And feels like everyone wants her to be like her older sister who she likes to call Carolyn the Great. If that wasn’t enough, Izzy’s mother is running for Mayor, and she wants her daughter to just be “normal”. So Mrs. Malone signs up Izzy to do a home-study charm school, meaning she will be receiving her assignments through the mail. The teachers name is Mrs. Whippie, which I found her to be a pretty awesome character. Mrs. Whippie wants Izzy to perform a series of task, once she finishes a task she receives a charm to put on her bracelet. And as Izzy goes through each task she finds some unexpected friends, but with each good deed things begin to get complicated.
This book was wonderfully written. I think young girls that relate to Izzy will enjoy this book. She’s fearless, charming and unique in a room full of pretty pinkies. And every young girl should feel special, awkward or not. We are all unique in our own ways. This book will definitely be on my daughter’s shelf once she gets to that age. I think it’ll make a charming gift for my nieces too!
“The butterfly is one of God’s most beautiful creatures. But for the first half of its life, that butterfly inches along as a clunky caterpillar, moving slower than all the others, never knowing that one day, things will change…you just keep being yourself and making memories…and one day you’re gonna wake up and realize you’ve changed…you’ve sprouted wings, and your flying, soaring higher than you ever thought you could.”
– Aunt Mildred