Author: Amy Greenwald.
Rating: 4/5 stars
This book is part of a series.
Lucy Desberg, a thirteen year old girl, is the one who tells the story. Claudia, Lucy’s older sister, came home from college for the summer to help with their family’s spa opening. Lucy was completely annoyed at her entire family because nobody was taking her seriously. Claudia was so worried because the opening date of the spa kept getting pushed back. The book took place in Connecticut, and the Desberg’s always went to the beach to hang out and have fun.
Lucy got a grant for her family’s pharmacy, which was struggling financially. The grant was for making everything eco-friendly. Her best friend, Sunny, is ignoring her and Sunny’s brother, Yamir, has a crush on Lucy, but she doesn't know it. The climax was when Mayor Danes, who gave the Desberg’s this grant, came by the pharmacy to check in and make sure everything was going smoothly. This was a big relief to the family because it meant that somebody cared about the spa opening and was there to help. Lucy then talked her sister into driving her downtown so she could go to a meeting at the library. While there, she learned a lot about business and how to help out by doing research. In the end, the spa was open and every problem had been solved.
My favorite thing about this novel is how relatable it was. By the end, I felt like I knew the characters in real life. Since it was from Lucy’s point of view, the way it was written was very similar to a diary or journal. By the last page, I felt like I knew the characters in real life.
The theme of this book for sure has to do with family life. Lucy had to express herself by behaving as a mature teenager so that her family would know how responsible she truly is. After all, actions speak louder than words, according to Lucy.
I recommend this fun book to middle school girls. It’s suspenseful throughout and will always make you want to be best friends with Lucy Desberg.
Contributed by Gracie Cohen