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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 "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 need to break the rules to survive middle school!
What a cute funny little graphic novel this was!! It may have taken me about an hour to read this, but that doesn't mean I didn't absolutely love it just as much! Peppi is just like me, a middle schooler myself, and I can't believe I actually found the first book that actually summed up middle school! And accurately too! One of my favorite parts was the art club-science club rivalry since art (or the fine arts) and science are always looked upon to be very different, when really they are very similar, which is what the two clubs learn. Chmakova's drawing style is adorable and she definitely knows the recipe for a good book!! It is also a book with plenty of diversity, which is always nice in a book but tends to be pretty rare in middle grade. That was also one of my favorite aspects, which makes this a book most people would be able to relate to. I look forward to checking out the second book in the series, Brave and I can only hope it lives up to this one!! I recommend this to any graphic novel fans, especially fans of Raina Telgemeier.