I read the book Thirteen Plus One by Lauren Myracle in a week's time. It is part of Myracle's book series The Winnie Years. The main character, Winnie, is a fourteen year old teenager who is going into high school, making the story very relatable to people my age. Winnie is apprehensive about going into high school. She is excited, yet worried about all the changes that will come with it, like maybe losing her best friends Cinnamon and Dinah, and her boyfriend Lars, who is a year older than her and is already in high school. She and her friends go through emotions and experiences that teens do, a rather confusing journey: finding out who you are. Myracle captures the essence of that struggle very well throughout the chapters. The story also teaches morals about friendship, love, and family. Although some parts of the book were very, very, cliche, I think Winnie conveyed Myracle's messages in a funny, understandable way. There is a piece of Winnie in every teenage girl, that is recognizable and refreshing to read in every chapter. I would also read more of Myracle's work. She has a writing style that is similar to Sarah Dessen, just maybe less sophisticatedly written. It's a book you can't put down. Overall, I enjoyed the story very much, and would recommend it. I give it 4.5/5 stars .
~Melinda, Teen Book Reviewer