It's seventh grade. Uncomfortable at thirteen, Rain watches as her friends morph into 'hair-flinging gossip mines' and the pressure mounts to get 'girlie' using curling irons and make-up. Utterly sick of the table talk revolving around 'boys, boys...freaking boys everywhere...,' she privately wishes that men didn't make up half of the population, so maybe her friends would talk about something else. The only girl percussionist in her Middle School's history, she finds she's surprisingly good at something she shouldn't be, and overwhelmingly flawed at everything else.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This delightful short story is about Rain, who is a 7th grade girl with a tomboy perspective on the world. She plays basketball, she plays the drums in a school that has never had a girl in the drumline. She is the ultimate tomboy, who doesn't get why all the other girls are acting crazy about boys. But when the boy that she has a crush on starts hinting that he likes her, she decides to go to the school dance with him. Yet, not all is as it seems.
This 18 page short story is a delightful reminder what it was like to be in middle school: The hormones that make almost every girl crazy, the stress when there is a crush or relationship, and just plain stress of middle school!
I really enjoyed this short story, and am looking forward to more of Ms. Steen's books. I recommend this for a good quick read.