Meet Mackenzie Blue, aka Zee
She has it all—smarts, talent, humor, and style. . . .
Is it enough to survive middle school?
Countdown to a 7th Grade Meltdown
1. Your BFF moves away.
2. Someone steals your diary and reveals your deepest secrets—to the entire class.
3. You have one chance to become a rock star and one chance to totally blow it. Guess what!? All three happened to me! School's a disaster already. Don't get me wrong—I love Brookdale Academy and I have a fabulous crew of friends. (At least, I think I do.) But, if I'm going to survive, I need all the help I can get!
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pub Date: May 2009
When I was asked to review this book series I have to admit I was a little hesitant. It's been forever since I have read middle grade books. I'm glad I took up the offer! Mackenzie Blue is a 7th grade student at Brookdale Academy. Like all girls this age, Mackenzie (aka Zee) worries about what others think about her. Mackenzie has a crush on Landon, but she is not the only girl that likes him. Her best friend Ally moves away to France and Zee has to start a new school year at a different school. Not only that but she has to make new friends. Her brother, Adam is a great brother to Zee. There is a little bit of a mystery that goes along with the book. Someone has stolen Zee's diary and does evil things with it. Zee is determined to find her diary and it might just cost her.
The other focus of the novel is that the school is preparing for the Teen Sing auditions. Zee dreams of becoming a rock star. I mean who hasn't ever wanted to become famous? The song Zee wrote for her audition was amazing because it came from the heart. She finds that she can not only express herself through her diary but through music as well.
I also liked how they put notes, texts, IMs, and diary entries in the novel. Also the pictures were fun to look forward to while reading. This book is also packed with lessons for readers to take with them. Although the book was a little predictable, Tina Wells does a great job with the first book in the series.