This year is going to be the most important one in Maggie’s life so far. She’s eleven now, after all, and ready to tackle middle school and whatever else life throws at her. But her dad’s legs have been asleep for far too long and something weird is definitely going on with him. It’s nothing the future president of the United States can’t handle, is it?
The very first thing I noticed while reading this book was Maggie’s voice. It’s such a lively and unique tone that makes the whole book so enjoyable. Even when Maggie isn’t quite feeling like herself, her voice is still very clear. This is something that I see lacking in quite a bit of YA fiction. It’s important that characters have clear voices, and this book demonstrates that perfectly.
Maggie exemplifies all the kids with the unbridled optimism that they can fix anything. Of course, Maggie is too logical to think that it will be easy, but she’s a really powerful character in her determination. I love how well she was written because although she loves school and is ahead in a lot of things, she’s still a kid at the end of the day. She doesn’t have the answers to everything, least of all what’s going on with her family. Maggie has to learn that the world isn’t as binary as she sees it – an important step in anyone’s growth. The Meaning of Maggie is truly a work of learning the balance between childish confidence and adolescent uncertainty.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
Content warning(s): slight cursing, brief drug mention
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