The third installment in Meg Cabot‘s new series comes out today! Luckily for me, last month I won an ARC for Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Best Friends and Drama Queens and got to read it early (and then got to have it autographed by Meg when I met her at her signing at Anderson’s Bookshop and the Children’s Literature Breakfast).
I quickly read the first two, Moving Day and The New Girl, and loved them both. After reading Best Friends and Drama Queens, I concluded that it’s even better. In this one, a new girl from Canada comes to Allie’s new school and disrupts everything by chasing boys at recess. Pretty soon she has declared Allie and her friends immature for not wanting to “go with” boys. Allie tries her best to handle the mean things Cheyenne says, but suddenly it seems too much to take.
Allie is a fantastic character. She’s so full of spunk and independence and throughout all three books, she writes down rules to help her get through everything. Some of my favorites: Don’t stick a spatula down your best friend’s throat, Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s good, Treat your friends the way you’d want them to treat you, and It’s impolite not to bump someone’s fist when they are fist-bumping you.
I highly recommend the series, especially for fans of Judy Moody, Ivy and Bean, or Clementine! Allie definitely belongs in their “Spunky Girls” club!