Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 14 and up
# of Pages: 494 p.
RAC Book: Yes
Bindy Mackenzie is a very studious and conscientious high school student. She is the type who always gets the highest grade in the class and is not afraid to tell anyone what she thinks. Due to her frank and curious nature she has sometimes alienated students around her. This year all juniors are required to take a Friendship and Development (FAD) class that she finds useless and a waste of time. The class asks her to look back at her own life so far and reflect on what she sees. She finds that she is not happy with her relationships and becomes obsessed with making friends in her (FAD) class. As she focuses on this more and more she loses sight of everything that was previously important to her. She also starts to get really sick. Can she pull herself together to become the person she realizes she wants to be or is it too late?
This story is told through Bindy’s journal and includes diary entries, memos, emails, essays, and even transcripts of conversations she has heard. Bindy records every thought and interaction she has every day. As she struggles with her home life, school life, and health her journal ramblings can seem a little superfluous but in the end everything makes sense as the surprising ending unfolds. Students who make it through some of the mundane chapters will be pleased with how the story ends and will appreciate why the mundane portions of the book were important in order to piece together what happens to Bindy. The story also discusses many issues that teenagers face everyday and shows students that there are many ways to deal with those issues, some more effective than others.