Fourteen-year-old Amber has battled medical challenges - specifically epilepsy - her whole life. Due to her physical limitations, she has no friends, but does her best to trudge through each day with a smile.Fellow "middle-school senior" Missy has struggles of her own. Following her brother's death in Afghanistan, her father uprooted them from everything familiar, only to divorce Missy's mother and move away, leaving Missy friendless and angry, forced to care for her deeply depressed mother.Two girls with different pasts, both fighting loneliness.Can they learn to overcome life's struggles and tragedies? Can they find each other and battle teen awkwardness together?
November 16, 2021
(Read from Nov 22, 2021 to Nov 23, 2021)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 60% Entertainment, 40% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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Being is Better is a heartfelt middle grade novel about the hardships of this difficult part of life and the power of friendship. Told in alternating points of view between Amber and Missy, the story goes deep into their lives to gain understanding and connection to each of the girls. Amber's struggles with epilepsy are well written, showing the physical, mental and social tolls of the invisible medical condition.