There were two reasons why I picked up this book. The biggest reason was the amazing and cute cover that I just adored. The second reason was that I just adored the rep, a girl without arms doing everything with her legs. I will talk about the cover in a bit, as that well… turned into a bit of a disappointment.
Man, I want to be in a school in America.. well OK, maybe just in this story. XD It sounds like there are a lot of fun musical events in school. I was very eager to meet Aven, this is my very first book with her and I was curious to see what instrument she would play and also if she could work it out. Because Aven isn’t your standard MC in a book, oh no, Aven doesn’t have arms so she has to do everything with her feet/legs! I just loved how spirited she was and how she didn’t let anything stand in her way. Now she just needs to learn that you cannot learn everything in just one go, it takes a long time. 😉 Though I definitely can understand, I remember my first lessons with the flute. LORD I was bored. I am glad that people around her told her that and tried to make sure she understood. And I loved the surprise her parents arranged for her! That is so amazing! And even her grandma is there for her. She has a wonderful family and I was just smiling.
I did think her friend was pretty rude and I just wanted to give her a big old shake. Be proud of your friend! Keep some thoughts hidden.
I loved the talent show and I loved reading about what each person in the class (and we also find out about the school) was planning on doing. I am kind of glad we didn’t have talent shows here, maybe one though, I cannot remember, haha. But I have terrible stage fright, so I would definitely NOT go on a stage, haha. But I do love reading about and seeing talent shows. See what everyone can do, though that spaghetti idea? Mmm… maybe not that. XD I loved that the teacher kept checking in on the students to find out if they still wanted to do their things, asked how it went, and more.
The art was pretty nice. I had to get used to it, but now at the end I can say I like the style!
So as I said, I fell in love with the cover. I just know that it is an illustrator I love, though I cannot think of the name (eventually I did, namely Marta Kissi), and so I was eager to see their art inside. HOWEVER, the art inside is by someone totally different. While that art is fine, if you compare it to the cover.. you can imagine that I was like, oh. I do think it is horrible that the publisher didn’t even care to credit the cover illustrator and instead just tell they take the credit. No. Just no. So for both the cover art and the art inside being different and then also not crediting, I am giving the book 0.5 less.
All in all, I definitely want to check out the other Aven Green books and see what else she does! I would recommend this book to all!