Review: Chocolate-Covered Baloney (Confessions of April Grace #3) by K.D. McCrite

Rating: **** / 4 out of 5
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Published November 13, 2013 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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The last thing April Grace wants is more change in her life–but that’s exactly what she gets! Plus, April has a new mystery to solve when Myra Sue starts sneaking around and acting very suspicious!
From snooty new neighbors to starting junior high to getting a new baby brother to having her “grandmother” get a boyfriend, April Grace has had enough change to last until she is at least 87 years old.
But when it rains, it pours, and April Grace is in for the ride of her life when her prissy, citified neighbor Isabel becomes her gym teacher and a long-lost relative suddenly reappears and throws everything into a tizzy. On top of that, April’s sister, Myra Sue, has been hiding something and sneaking around. April needs to find out what is going on before her silly sister gets herself into trouble again. More important, will April find the grace she needs to handle her topsy-turvy life and forgive past wrongs?
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Boy, oh boy! Good gravy!

This book was a very pleasant surprise. I requested this one day on NetGalley after seeing its ultra cute cover, and kind of forgot about it in the end. I was thinking it must be some boring Middle Grade book for tweens, talking about junior school evil teachers, hot classmates, and vile cheerleaders. I’m twenty now; I’m so over that phase. I didn’t want to read all about those again, so this title kinda just… sat there. Then one day, I was looking for a light-hearted read, especially after that “disaster” with The Eternity Cure, and saw this one. I was sure it was going to be a disaster again, but I trudged on anyway. Boy, oh boy! Was I wrong on that one!

Right now I’m only wishing that I read it sooner. What I thought was a boring read turned out to be extremely light-hearted, with lots of humor and tween wit, with juuuust a little drama on the top to spice things up – resulting to a fulfilling experience that would leave you giggling and clutching a couple of tissues. Man, that was fun!

There were a lot to like in this book. First and foremost, the internal narration was bloody fantastic. We see the story in the point-of-view of April Grace, a young girl who hates change the most. Her voice was very effective and genuine, and it really felt like I was reading from a tween! Her gestures, her words and dialogue, even her reactions – from petty annoyance when snotty sisters get in the picture and irritation when best friends don’t take your side to amazement and awe at the simplest of things – felt very, very real and endearing. This is what I appreciated the most, because there’s nothing in it that tried to be “mature” or anything of that sort. It’s a tell it like it is stuff.

Because of this, it allowed a lot of room for character development and growth, which is one of the best things ever to read in a book! April Grace is easily irritable and judgemental, which is common nowadays (and I bet you used to be one, too, a long time ago :>), and this attitude problems of hers eventually become worse as new things and events enter her life. But of course, like any other feel-good story, she realizes her mistakes, learns to listen to other people, and gives other people second chances.

Boy, oh boy! This book has a lot of moral values to learn from, and I reckon others will appreciate it, too. The stuff you learn from tweens ;)

All in all, this is a feel-good book. I’m happy to have read it when I was a bit pissed off and ranty, because I finished with a big smile on my face and a more positive outlook in life. Thank you!

An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley for reviewing purposes. No money or any form of transaction was exchanged.

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Faye

Faye

A 21 years old Filipina who loves books, games, languages, and most especially, food. Secretly wishes to be an astronaut so she can explore the stars. Has a love-hate relationship with Philippine politics. To get in her good graces, offer her Foie Gras, Or shrimp. Or a JRPG. A YA sci-fi book works, too. You can follow her on twitter here: @kawaiileena

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  1. says

    Thank you so much for the great review of my book! I am so happy you enjoyed it. If you get the chance to read the two books that help to comprise the Confessions of April Grace series, I hope you like them as much. Thanks again.

    K.D. McCrite

  2. Salisa Waheed says

    Thankyou so much for this review. I have been searching for a gift for a teen cousin of mine., this is the perfect one. Now i just have to find it one of local stores or buy it online. :S