05 September 2011
Goobie, Beth. Hello, Groin. Custer, WA: Orca Book Publishers, 2006.
Dylan has been coasting along in school just fine. She is not a popular girl, but she is not ridiculed either, and she has discovered how to ride the waves of high school social drama without standing out either way. That is, until she helps create a bulletin board for the school library. Her display is censored by the principal and soon Dylan is the talk of the school. What did the principal ask her to remove, and why is Dylan being so secretive about it? Dylan wrestles with the social demons as she seeks to discover why she made the board that way in the first place and what message she wanted to convey.
This was an interesting book. I always enjoy stories that mention other stories, as that seems to be an easy way for me to add to my "must-read" list. Dylan's moodiness got on my nerves at times, I will admit, but it got on other character's nerves, too, so perhaps I was supposed to be annoyed. I was quite impressed with Dylan's parents and their ability to walk the fine line between encouraging proper behavior in their daughter and also accepting her for who she is and who she is choosing to become. When necessary, Dylan's parents allowed her to face the consequences of her actions, but they also stood up for her when they thought she had done the right thing.