Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids.

Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.

On her first day at her new school, Penelope--Peppi--Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she's already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the "nerder girlfriend." How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!

Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can't help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he's a member of her own club's archrivals--the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!

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Awkward Reviews

  • Erin
    Oct 14, 2016


    This is definitely one of the best middle grade graphic novels that I've read. I loved the characters, the middle school setting, the conflict that arises between the two student clubs-science and art, and the glimpse at what it means to be a friend. As a teacher, the characters in the...

  • Kelli
    Oct 9, 2016


    This charming graphic is shelved as YA but would be entirely appropriate for upper elementary. A sweet story about a diverse group of students who must learn to work together to arrive at a shared goal, this one has a positive message without being unrealistic or overly sappy. After th...

  • Ryan
    Oct 4, 2016


    It was one of the best books I have ever read, and i'm not saying it to say it. ...

  • Amy
    Aug 10, 2016


    I was searching my 12-year-old's room for a missing library book when I accidentally read this book. If you like graphic novels then you should read this book. If you ever went to middle school then you should read this book. If you ever had friends then you should read this book. If y...

  • Raina
    Jul 5, 2016


    Cute, fairly straight-forward story about a developing friendship in the school context. Being pushed in my library district already, otherwise I'd probably booktalk it to middle school, or maybe upper elementary. Largely notable for the manga-influenced style, and not-strictly-white c...

  • Sarah
    Jun 20, 2016


    I can tell already I will need to buy an additional copy or two of this for my library. I'm definitely going to be recommending it to all the Raina Telgemeir fans. I thought this was a great graphic novel. There were a lot of things I liked about this beyond the story: the friendship b...

  • Taylor Ramirez
    May 22, 2016

    Taylor Ramirez

    TBR Jar Challenge: Read a graphic novelReview:Since this is a graphic novel, let’s talk about that art. I actually really liked it! It got anime-y at times and was kind over exaggerated but it was still really cute and colorful. The only think that bothered me a little was the Cau...

  • Rachel Russell
    May 21, 2016

    Rachel Russell

    I have enjoyed this author's books since her early series, DRAMACON. The intense rivalry between the art club and the science club was fun and exciting. ...

  • Mississippi Library Commission
    May 13, 2016

    Mississippi Library Commission

    We're going to be recommending this darling graphic novel to everyone we meet. Aimed at 8-12 year old kids, Awkward will appeal to teens and adults as well. There are so many things we loved about it: it's smart, it's funny, it's diverse in multiple ways, it's got art and science and g...

  • Sree
    May 4, 2016


    One of the best graphic novels ever. The story beautifully conveys the various 'high school problems' and the fun we have despite such tensions. The story is about the rivalry between 'The art school' and 'The science club' of the school and how they unite for the greater good. The ill...