“This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker” by Terra Elan McVoy reminds me of the angst and drama that accompanies one’s journey through childhood. The giggly security of doing things with one’s best friend and the tragedy of trying to fit in is vividly portrayed.
I think the author does a great job of evoking the confusion and lack of communication that accompanies the often painful search for one’s identity while dealing with the pressures exerted by one’s peers and one’s (hopefully) well-meaning parents. I personally suffer from inadvertent foot-in-mouth disease and know how unintentionally hurtful my pithy observations can be without my meaning it (although, hopefully I have learned to be a little more diplomatic, lol) so I definitely sympathized with this heroine.
I think this book could help open lines of communication or at least remind the reader of the importance of forgiveness and self-acceptance, as well as underscore the pain accompanying broken families. I do know that the book served to remind me of the angst and challenges of growing up just a little out of step with everyone else and, although I was disappointed that things weren’t completely cleared up by the end, I was hopeful that life was back on track for Fiona.
This engaging young adult/older children’s book follows Fiona, whose happy relationship with her best friend Cassie Parker explodes when her diary is stolen and ridiculed by one of the mean girls that Cassie inexplicably wants to be friends with. Fiona must deal with the repercussions of having her deepest secrets revealed without having a sympathetic ear to help ease the trauma but finding a way to cope may result in her discovering who and what is important in life, as well as the true meaning of the phrase growing pains.
In this heartwarming companion to Drive Me Crazy, twelve-year-old Fiona Coppleton is living a middle schooler’s worst nightmare: her diary was made public and her best friend is partly to blame.
Fiona and Cassie are supposed to be best friends forever. No one else listens or makes Fiona laugh like Cassie, and that meant everything when Fiona’s parents were divorcing. They love each other in spite of their (many) differences, and even though Cassie cares a little too much about being popular, Fiona can’t imagine life without her.
Until Fiona’s diary is stolen by the most popular girls at school, and her most secret thoughts are read out loud on the bus. Even worse: Cassie was there, and she didn’t do anything to stop it. Now, for some reason, she’s ignoring Fiona. Suddenly the whole world has shifted.
Life without a best friend is confusing, scary, maybe impossible. But as Fiona navigates a summer of big changes, she learns more about herself—and friendship—than she ever thought possible.