I just finished one of those books that leaves you feeling momentarily jealous and forlorn before you take a deep breath and say, in the words of Boxer, "I will work harder."
It was funny and thoughtful with a compelling voice.
I made my husband, who usually loathes MG literature, read it too.
He agreed that it was great, laugh-out-loud funny, and all around perfect.
Man, I wish I wrote like that......
And I also wish that the wait-list for the sequel wasn't so long.... curse you, children who use the library!