Middle Grade Review – Peppermint Cocoa Crushes by Lainey Nielson

Peppermint Cocoa Crushes by Lainey Nielson, Sky Pony Press (Oct 2017).

Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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A delightfully wonderful holiday read for tweens that hits the middle school voice right on the head!
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As a mom whose daughter has just gone through this stage, what I loved best about this book is how accurately it captures those emotions of first crushes, and feeling the pressure to like someone, even if you don’t. The naïveté is refreshing, and Sasha’s emotional development is written in such a way that readers will be able to clearly relate. I especially liked that


SPOILER ALERT

Sasha finds out her crush, and best friend, Kevin, is gay, and we also see the feelings surrounding a first crush from his perspective. I really love that this was part of the storyline, and it flowed very naturally rather than feeling forced.

I will absolutely add this whole series to my middle grade collection.

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