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Friend Is Not a Verb

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Mystery + romance + wannabe rock stars adds up to good fun.

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The author has put together a winning combination of mystery, romance, and coming-of-age novel. Plus, it's downright funny at times (like when Petra, the self-centered lead singer of Hen's band, names their group PETRA). Readers may not know how seriously to take Hen's dreams of rock stardom, but they'll definitely find themselves cheering when Hen and Emma FINALLY admit their feelings for each other. One of the things that's really great about this book is that the characters are all weird and annoying at times, yet they really look out for one another (like Emma, who admits she tried to "sabotage" Hen's gig in an attempt to protect him from getting hurt).

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