The format of a novel in verse provided provides an intimacy that allows a good look into Addie’s psyche. Addie worries about her boyfriend and her social status, but she also worries about stories she reads in the newspaper. The poems range from haikus about her cats to long, loosely structured ones about her grandmother and each format fit the subject. This a quick and easy read. Even though it is economical with its words, the descriptions of the plot, character, and setting shine through just as strongly as in a regular novel. Technically it's the third book in a series but you don’t have to read the first two to enjoy it. I'd give it to fans of poetry, but I'd also give it to anyone looking for an outsider school story.
Addie on the Inside by James Howe
5th - 8th Grade
Tags: Character Driven, Contemporary Fiction, Novels in Verse, School Stories