Awesome Blossom by Lauren Myracle
"The Flower Power books follow the funny fifth-grade adventures of four girls with little in common but their flower names who, nevertheless, blossom into the greatest of friends.
Katie-Rose, Milla, Yasaman, and Violet have confronted their share of challenges in fifth grade: a dead hamster, turtle theft, trapeze lessons, and pesky boys, just to name a few. Nothing can stop these four fabulous friends. Well, nothing except for their archnemesis, the evil Modessa (a.k.a. “Medusa”). Somehow, Modessa has recruited one of the sweetest girls in the class to be her new sidekick. The flower friends are determined to save Elena, even if it means braving Modessa’s wrath. But it will also mean getting Katie-Rose to focus—she’s a bit too busy NOT flirting with cute-but-annoying Preston. And then there’s Yasaman’s little sister’s birthday “bubblegum” party, which the four friends promised to organize . . . if it’s possible to call anything involving 30 kindergartners organized. Luckily, Violet is back to herself and ready to lead the Flowers to their most glorious triumph."- summary from Abrams website
God, I love this series so much. Myracle's books are always a joy to read, but these are just so much fun. I'm a little bit sad that the series may be over; I tweeted Myracle to ask about it. But as long as she continues writing books, I'm happy.
Anyway, I love how Myracle brings up real issues that fifth graders have to deal with- the start of relationships (or as much of a relationship you can have at that time- mostly hand-holding), new friend jealousy, figuring out how to keep a big secret and if you should keep it, and so much more. It's interesting to be able to get into each of the four girls' minds and see different perspectives on the some of the same events.
Also, random side note- this book really made me want to have Olive Garden. So beware of that while you're reading.
Overall, this is a fitting end to the series if it is that. If you haven't read this series yet, do it now. It's fantastic. I said this in my review of the second book, it's almost like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but younger and without magical pants.
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