If you were a child of the ’80s like me, I pretty much guarantee that you’ll be able to relate to “Chocolate Covered Baloney,” the latest book in the “Confessions of April Grace” series by K.D. McCrite.
Set in Arkansas during the mid-1980s, this story finds spunky
12-year-old April Grace Reilly wishing for nothing more than some peace
and quiet so she can enjoy a good book and a chocolate bar.
Unfortunately, her wish is shoved out the window when she finds herself
dealing with more phoney baloney than she ever imagined!
As if it’s not difficult enough adjusting to life with a new baby
brother and having your prissy neighbor become your gym teacher, April
Grace’s life is once again thrown for a loop when a long-lost relative
appears out of nowhere and begins wreaking havoc on the entire Reilly
family. To make matters worse, her older sister Myra Sue – who manages
to annoy April Grace nearly every waking minute of the day – has been
acting sneaky and secretive. April Grace attempts to play detective to
try and unravel these mysteries within her very own family – and when
her sister ends up disappearing, it’s up to April Grace to piece
together everything she knows so that she can help bring her sister home
safely before it’s too late.
This third installment in the “Confessions of April Grace” series once
again had me hooked from page one, bringing back all of the characters
I’ve come to know and love, with a story that kept me hooked from page
one. I also appreciate how K.D. McCrite once again achieves that perfect
balance between narration and dialogue, fleshing out a story that both
entertains and makes you think. The universal themes of the story –
which include acceptance and tolerance – transcend generations, and
April Grace’s spunky attitude and innocent curiosity will keep readers
of any age engaged. It’s also nice that McCrite gives enough backstory
in this book so that it’s not necessary to have read the previous two
books to know what’s been going on.
So whether you’re a teen/tween looking for a truly enjoyable read or
you’re a grown-up in the market for something refreshing, I urge you to
give “Chocolate Covered Baloney” by K.D. McCrite a chance! I have a
strong feeling that you won’t be disappointed, and that by the time
you’re not even halfway through the story you’ll have become a fan of
one miss April Grace Reilly!
This copy of “Chocolate Covered Baloney” by K.D. McCrite was sent to me for free from BookSneeze in return for my honest review.