By Marnie Bates
Published by Kensington
Published on January 1, 2012
Source: Publisher for review

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she's the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous - not to mention unwelcome - attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes, she even catches the eye of the most popular guy at school. And that's when life gets really interesting...

This book was hilarious.  It was like watching a certain fun teen movie starring Freddie Prinze Jr.  (Am I dating myself by saying that?) The book centers around poor Mackenzie.  She is the definition of awkward- and trust me, you will be cringing right along with her throughout the book.  Mackenzie is an "Invisible" and is trying her hardest to stay that way when she has an embarrassing incident at school.  That humiliation ends up on YouTube and becomes viral.  Soon Mackenzie is being hounded by media, given gifts of clothing, make up, and accessories, and is partying with rockstars.  

You know what I really appreciated about this book?  Above everything?  There is no "She's All That" makeover moment where the main character decides she needs to change everything about herself to fit in.  Yes, Mackenzie wears designer clothing (and it doesn't end well), but she doesn't have this blossoming moment.  She remains herself throughout the book.  

This book is hilarious and exactly what the title says- awkward.  You will cringe when Mackenzie says or does the wrong thing and I promise you will LOVE the ending.  It was the perfect ending to a hilarious book!  I can't wait to read more by this author!


  1. With the exception of the becoming a viral web sensation, this could be painful to read for a former "Invisible" or a riotous laugh. I'm thinking it would be the latter :-)

  2. I've been seeing this book around a few times glad to see that it's hilarious, thanks for the review!

  3. Great review! I'm glad to hear that Mackenzie stays true to herself - naturally, I would guess she'd become tired of being the awkward one.

  4. Great Review!!! I need a funny book to read! This is totally going on my wishlist!

  5. Awkward describes me, so I think I may just fall in love with this book. I haven't had the opportunity to read it yet, but I think I will look harder for my chance. Thanks so much for the review. Seriously, I have no idea how I am going to fit another one on my TBR? How, oh How?!


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