In the Role of Brie Hutchens… by Nicole Melleby
Introducing Brie Hutchens: soap opera super fan, aspiring actor, and so-so student at her small Catholic school. Brie has big plans for eighth grade. She’s going to be the star of the school play and convince her parents to let her go to the performing arts high school. But when Brie’s mom walks in on her accidentally looking at some possibly inappropriate photos of her favorite actress, Brie panics and blurts out that she’s been chosen to crown the Mary statue during her school’s May Crowning ceremony. Brie’s mom is distracted with pride—but Brie’s in big trouble: she has not been chosen. No one has. Worse, Brie has almost no chance to get the job, which always goes to a top student.
Desperate to make her lie become truth, Brie turns to Kennedy, the girl everyone expects to crown Mary. But sometimes just looking at Kennedy gives Brie butterflies. Juggling her confusing feelings with the rapidly approaching May Crowning, not to mention her hilarious non-star turn in the school play, Brie navigates truth and lies, expectations and identity, and how to—finally—make her mother really see her as she is.
YALL. this might be one if not my most anticpated read of 2020? Hurricane Season was one of my favorite reads in 2019, and I JUST. Now Melleby is back with another middle grade novel that is a coming of age story with a girl discovering herself. And she is a soap opera fan just like I was when I was this age!! And I JUST. omg, i can’t even. I just want this so much. I just. *forever screaming*
✔️ THIS BOOK IS MOANA APPROVED!
I have a strong feeling that Moana will probably be the rating in this book, so I’m just having her approve it now. And Moana can certainly relate to finding her identity as well.
What do you think? Is this on your book TBR as well?