To Be Maria review by JO1011_Hopkins
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Fiction

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Age at time of review - 16
Reviewer's Location - Dorr, MI , United States
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Anya has never fit in. She's always picked on at school and doesn't have cool enough clothes to at least be respected.Life at home isn't very cheery, either. Her father is an alcoholic, and her sister is the biggest brat in the world. She only has one friend, Patrick, but that's all about to  change. The newest member of the popular crowd, Maria, takes a liking to Anya and believes she can become popular as well. But things start to fall apart before they've even started. Patrick has pulled away from Anya because of her decision, the popular girls don't like her, and now she and Maria are getting mixed with people that could possibly threaten their lives. What will Anya do? She didn't want this. Is this the price to pay to be like Maria?


This is a pure coming-of-age story. Anya is such a relatable character. She's simply an innocent girl wanting to belong to a group. She's done nothing to deserve the situation she is in. As for Maria, she's a strong-willed character so many readers will love. Along with that, the settings were really descriptive, and very well thought out. One thing I didn't really like was the ending. It felt like there were unnecessary holes that needed to be filled. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable book.


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