10 September 2019

Meet the Misfits & Odd Girl Out | Book Review, Guest Post + Giveaway


Zoey's pretty sure her life is over when her wannaba-rockstar mother uproots her from from their home in Seattle and deposits her in Nowheresville, Oregon to live with her whackadoodle grandparents. Things start to look up, though, when she reconnects with Louisa, the girl from across the street. Maybe, just maybe, Louisa won't mind that Zoey's always been a bit of a misfit. Louisa's ex-BFF, however, doesn't seem too happy to welcome Zoey to the neighborhood. And when they all end up at church camp together, it's not just a matter of whether or not Zoey can fit in...it becomes a firsthand lesson in what it really means to "love your enemy."

Publisher: WhiteSpark
Release Date: April 15, 2019

Zoey's school year is beginning...without her new BFF. Louisa is out with a bad case of the flu, and that leaves Zoey to fend for herself in the first days of middle school.

She thinks maybe it won't be so bad when she strikes up a conversation with another new girl, Taylor. But as she tags along on Taylor's quest to become one of the A-crowd, she starts to wonder how much of herself she can safely change and still be...well, herself.

Worse, new friends don't get rid of old enemies. And somehow, despite trying so hard to fit in, Zoey finds herself exactly where she didn't want to beall alone in her new school. The odd girl out.

Publisher: WhiteSpark
Release Date: August 15, 2019


Navigating the middle-school years is no easy task. I, for one, have no desire to revisit that tumultuous age—outside the pages of a book, of course. With her Being Zoey books, Melody Carlson delves into the challenges of those years in a meaningful, uplifting way.

In Meet the Misfits, Zoey moves away from the home and friends she’s known to live with her grandparents. Then, in Odd Girl Out, Zoey heads into her first days of middle school without a friend and must figure out who she wants to be in this new school. 

Throughout these stories, as she adjusts to her new life, Zoey deals with making new friends, bullying, fitting in (or not), and more—plus, how her new faith can help her through it all. Her experience has moments of fun, plenty of drama, and great life lessons for the middle-grade reader.


I received a complimentary copy of these books and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.


Being a tween these days is more complicated than ever. With our culture’s fast pace, social networking, peer pressure . . . growing up is hard to do. So I wanted to create a relatable character with some tough challenges. And Zoey Petrizzo definitely gets more than her fair share. About to start middle-school, Zoey is forced to relocate her life with her less than conventional grandparents. And it’s not easy! My hope is that readers will either relate to Zoey, or develop more empathy for ‘misfit’ kids like her.


To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away a grand prize package of Meet the Misfits and Odd Girl Out, sketching pencils, and a sketchbook! Enter below, and be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway.


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