I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson
Released Date: August 1, 2010
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group
Genre: YA/MG, Realistic-Fiction
“I, Emma Freke, am not a freak. Or maybe I am. I just don’t know.”
What’s in a name? I, Emma Freke is a charming search-for-identity story about Emma―the only “normal” member of her quirky family. Her flighty, New Age mom seems to barely have time for a daughter, especially one who annoyingly spoils her mom’s youthful façade. Emma’s well-meaning grandpa is clueless. And her only friends are the local librarian and a precocious 10-year old adopted by the two old ladies next door.
Smart, shy, and nearly six feet tall, Emma struggles to fit in at school, so she jumps at the opportunity to “home school” until that too turns into another of mom’s half-baked ideas.
The real crisis comes when she gets an invitation to The Freke Family Reunion, and her fellow Frekes aren’t at all what she expects. While Emma desperately tries to find her niche, she discovers that perhaps it’s better to be her own “freak” than someone else’s Freke. (via Goodreads)
I loved this book!
This is a fun, cute and such a heartwarming read. I had no idea that I’m going to enjoy this one. The first time I read the general summary, I thought I knew how the story is going to turn out. However, as I continue to read the book, I was proven wrong.
The story was very original, refreshing and it was written in a seemingly effortless way. The characters were too adorable and realistic, same thing goes with the dialogues.
One of the things that made it easier for me to empathize with Emma was because we have a few things in common. I also like making lists although, not really as close as Emma’s and when I know that I made someone upset, I just feel restless and having a hard time sleeping just because I wasn’t used with feeling. Emma, on the other hand, trembles when she made someone get upset and she’s not used with that feeling either, so I thought we have those in common.
I’m giving this adorable book a rating of 4.5 out of 5 and I highly recommend this to all-ages. Yes, to all-ages because I know that in one point of our lives, we went through on our own “awkward stage” just like Emma.