But! Having said that, I just read one that completely restored my faith in the precocious girl trend! It's called Counting by 7s.
Willow Chance, 12-year-old genius, is unique, and I don't use that word lightly. Her particular situation (she is adopted at birth and then abruptly orphaned at age 12) is truly tragic, and yet she meets it with aplomb and dignity (and quite a lot of humor). I loved all the other cleverly developed and completely individual quirky characters. The writing was spare and simple, yet incredibly dense in detail, and I couldn't put the book down, start to finish. It is a seriously good story, and such an elevation above this apparently now-common trope that I want to read it again already!
I'll Be There), will be paying us an author visit at Burbank Public Library on Thursday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. (at the Buena Vista branch). She will speak, answer questions, and autograph her books, both of which will be for sale at the event. I urge you to attend this program and find out what else Holly has in store, because so far she's two for two!
(And by the way, if you liked Eleanor & Park, I'll bet you would like this too!)