09 May 2018
Charles, Tami. Definitely Daphne. Stone Arch Books, 2018.
Annabelle is tired of moving and starting over in new locations, and when her military family relocates to the United States and she has to start attending a public school instead of being homeschooled, she isn't sure how she'll fit in with other middle school students. Her therapist suggests that she start a vlog detailing her exploits, and thus Daphne Doesn't is born. Her blog goes viral and soon Annabelle is secretly popular, because she still hasn't told anyone that it's her blog. But some of her classmates are beginning to suspect things. Will Annabelle be able to keep her secret identity a secret, and does she actually want to?
This is a sweet, safe story for tweens to read. Annabelle struggles with being the new kid and with making friends, particularly when one of her frenemies turns out to be a fellow military brat whose father has been deployed for a year. I love that Annabelle has her own style and sticks with it, even if it isn't what is popular at her school. Recommended.
Recommended for: tweens
Red Flags: none
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars
Read-Alikes: Book Scavenger, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, Brave
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley for the purpose of review.