Anything But Ordinary by Valerie Hobbs

Winnie and Bernie are both “outsiders” who meet and become best friends in the 8th grade. All through high school the two misfits are thick as thieves and plan their futures assuming they will always be together. But when plans to attend college together go awry (Bernie isn’t able to go), both Winnie and Bernie learn what it means to stand on their own two feet. Hobbs also explores what it means to be special, ordinary, and grownup.  The bulk of the plot takes place over Winnie’s (and what should have been Bernie’s) freshman year of college. Narrated from alternating points of view. Highly recommended for Hobbs’ very realistic and contemporary portrayal of 1) the college experience – or at least freshman year, 2) the process of figuring out who we really are (and whether or not that is who we want to be), and 3) will Winnie and Bernie get back together? Should they get back together?  For high school and up.



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