Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz
Thirteen-year-old best friends Stephen and Marco attempt a go-for-broke heist to break into the high school prom and get Marco onstage to confess his love for (and hopefully steal the heart of) Benji, the adorable exchange student and bass player of the prom band. Of course, things don't always go according to plan, and every heist comes with its fair share of hijinks.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There’s a brief moment in Marco Impossible that had me flashing back to Vada shouting that Thomas J couldn’t see without his glasses on -or maybe it was that he’d get cold without a jacket? I’m unclear on the details, but the emotion in that scene had my mother then sister sniffling, so out I came asking, “What? What? What?” And only upon rewind did I get it, then there I was sniff-sniffling right beside them. Anyway, reading Marco Impossible feeling like something like that was coming my way, well… I was half hesitant and half impressed. Hesitant because one can only see cute precocious Thomas bite it but once, but impressed too because this was turning out better than I expected out of an MG.
The only reason I picked this up at all because of the author, whose last three books I have read and loved. In this one is yet another kid (kids, actually) who are different and see things, then feel things differently. Steven is nice, too nice even so much so that he gets pushed around by the so many people, most unexpectedly by his best friend. Steven sees things for what they are… at least up to a point. With his larger than life best friend who’s good and funny but not all the time, things get complicated…but even more complicated when considering that they’re all growing up with some of them more ready for that fact than others.
And seeing that things are about to end, and other things about to start… they’ve begun their last thing together… And it’s cute and sweet what they decide to do, but Steven sees it in two different lights. On one had you see him seeing things as a kid growing up, they’re too old for this or that; then the other sweeter “I’ve got your back” side of things. And surprise, surprise: I loved both… because both are so true.
But it’s more than their
Sweet book; sweet ending (even if it’s a tad too sweet to be real.)
Thank you, Net galley!
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