Bridget’s View

Happy September! School has started again, and I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed already. I mean, what happened to sleeping in? Now, we’re so tired from getting so many things to do that we could really use the extra hour or two, am I right?

Anyway, DupliKate by Cherry Cheva is one of my favorite books right now, just because it describes what we’re all going through—or what it feels like, at least. Kate is busy with schoolwork and college applications and tutoring and—wow, this is really a lot. Now you know why she’s so exhausted!

But Kate has a little help.

You know those websites that let you create an avatar for yourself? And you can pick out different clothes and change your hairstyle? (It’s just like Facebook, really, because everyone looks better than they do in real life.) Well, Kate had an avatar in eighth grade, and guess what? The avatar somehow gets out of the computer.

So, now Kate has a pixilated twin. And she’s in waaay over her head with everything she has to do (our Kate has a little problem saying no to people.) Do you see where I’m going with this? Yes, Kate sends her avatar to school for her one day. Soon, the avatar is going to coffee with Kate’s friends, taking a test for Kate, and kissing a boy as Kate—but not Kate’s boyfriend.

Basically, picture an ABC Family movie, but with a little more sass. This book is definitely for you if you

a)    are feeling overwhelmed by the new school year,

b)   are looking for a book to read that wasn’t assigned by your English teacher,

or

c)    have just found that your little Webkinz puppy came to life. If so, you are not alone.

Happy school year, everybody!

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