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  11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

Review by: Kamila C.
Illinois, Grade 7

Imagine yourself really excited for your 11th birthday, but as the day ends it keeps repeating itself. I read 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass. This is the first book in Wendy Massí Willow Falls Series. This book is about Amanda and Leo who have been best friends from the start. Every year they have had their birthday parties together. On their 11th birthday they get quite a surprise they didnít expect. Amanda and Leo had a fight a year earlier, which left Amanda heartbroken and made them not have their 11th birthday party together. The next day and the day after that Amanda and Leoís 11th birthday kept repeating. Leo and Amanda are on a mission to stop the day repeating and becoming best friends again. The biggest surprise comes at the end when Amanda and Leo find out the real story behind all this trouble.

I enjoyed reading the book, and I couldnít wait to flip to the next page. The book left me shocked each time I turned a page. One of the main characters, Amanda shows it is possible to get a friendship back together. I think Amanda struggled not having Leo as a friend by the way people mentioned his name, and the way she looked at him. Amanda is more outgoing, friendly and isnít always excited about everything, which I like about her. She is wiling to take a risk to solve problem. The book had me from start to finish. My favorite part was when Amanda and Leo finally realized the good times they had as friends, and were willing to leave the past to move forward with their lives. Amanda and Leo were faced with a problem that could potentially change their lives. I loved how the author made the story an adventure for Amanda and Leo. The author shows the importance of friendship throughout the text and through the main characters. The true meaning of the story is that friendship is everything, and could save everything.

I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys adventure and drama. This book is meant for someone who is willing to take a risk to save friendship. I think the book is more appropriate for girls because it talks about guys, friends, and sister troubles, and how important friendship really is. I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys spending time with real friends and someone who truly has a best friend.

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