Serena Says by Tanita S. Davis Book Review

Award-winning author Tanita S. Davis delivers a heartwarming and humorous middle grade tale about a young Black girl who finds her own voice through vlogging and learns to speak out. Perfect for fans for Sharon M. Draper and Lisa Greenwald.

JC shines like a 4th of July sparkler. She has the best ideas, the biggest, funniest laugh, and the party starts when she arrives. Serena St. John is proud to be known as her best friend.

Everything changes when JC returns from the hospital with a new kidney—and a new best friend. Out of the spotlight of JC’s friendship, suddenly things aren’t quite so sparkly in Serena’s world.

Lonely Serena works on perfecting her vlogs, hoping to earn a shot at becoming a classroom reporter. If she can be smart and funny on video, why can’t she manage that in real life? If only she could always pause, edit, or delete conversations. It would be so much easier to say the right thing at the right time . . . instead of not saying what she should, or, even worse, blurting out a secret that wasn’t hers to share.

Life doesn’t have a pause button—but as Serena discovers her voice through vlogging, she learns that she’s not just there to reflect JC’s light—she’s fully capable of shining on her own.

Book Review:

Serena is a bit of a shadow call of best friend JC. Serena is a vlogger who is trying to find her voice.

I really enjoyed the middle grade book. The main character is lost and is trying to find her way. She will not speak up for herself and it’s very depressing.

The author’s writing style was clear and understandable. The characters I could relate to. The story line was as realistic because that is what preteens go through. The dialogue between the characters was real, relatable, and funny. The things of this book were friendships, trust, self-esteem, peer pressure, and siblings. I really enjoyed the story. I am eager to learn more about this author. I recommend this book to tweens and young adults. I give this book five stars.

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