Ava XOX (Ava and Pip) - Carol Weston

I received this book from the publisher/Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Ava is back! So delighted that this girl is getting more and more books about her life, about growing up, and about words.

 



And this time we got a whole group of new situations happening in her life. Just as is the case with each book, this book also features several real life problems. For instance we have jealousy, bullying, weight problems, people being way too sensitive about the word fat (and maybe this sounds mean, but I am frankly getting tired of people being so oversensitive about stuff, there is no need. Let everyone be in their own value, no need to freaking bully a little girl over the word fat, while she is just trying to help.)

Of course the book also features palindromes, symmetrical palindromes, words that might be difficult for kids, more word stuff, sisters, friendship, school, growing up, cats, great parents and much much more.

The book is really packed to the brim with stuff, and at times it was just a bit too much for me. I also didn’t particularly like Ava for a bit, I know, she was just confused about her feelings, she was just jealous, but I didn’t like that. I didn’t like how she was hurtful to that girl (though she never said it to her face, thankfully). She is all against that kind of stuff, but in reality is doing the same thing to someone else. :( And again, she kept quiet, but I was just cringing so much when she was talking about that girl. :( I just missed our old Ava, who is sweet, caring and brave.

I felt sad for Tanya, no one deserves what happened to her at some parts of the book.

The Aesop fables, meh, I didn’t particularly like them in the previous book and I still don’t like them now. I mostly just skipped/skimmed them and continued reading the better parts of the book.

Ava and Chuck, that was just truly so sweet. It was fun seeing Ava realize her feelings. I won’t say what happened more, people will just have to read the book and find out.
It was fun though, as it fitted with Ava’s age, and that girls around that age start thinking about boys, boyfriends, kissing and relationships. The author did a good job on writing about it.

I can’t wait for new books from Ava to come out, I hope that Ava will be getting more books, I am quite curious as to what the next book will be about. Of course words, but what else?

Also that cover is just adorable!

Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would, it is a fun book about a great girl (though she really should let go of the jealousy) and about her family and friends. About growing up and how to handle that.

Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/