Veering off Valentine’s by A.J. Kormon is another super sweet, middle grade read for your eager readers.
I do really enjoy these books. I’ve been on a bit of a middle grade binge lately, but can you blame me? This series specifically is designed for readers who aren’t too enthusiastic about reading. There is big font, fast paced storylines and relatable characters and arcs. This series has a little bit of everything! Most middle graders are going to be hooked in on this series and loving every second of it, I just already tell!
Anywho, this book is the kind of book I wanted way back in my middle grade reading days (and, well… I guess now? Since I’m reading so much of them). There is friendship, drama, a pinch of romance in this book (look at the title, it’s Valentine’s Day!), and there is always a cat.
This time around we are following Jordan Cartwright. She’s one of our many friends from Halloway Hills Middle School. Things get a little awkward for her when the Valentine she made for her best friend Avery gets leaked to him. It’s cute and romantic, but she’s almost certain he doesn’t feel the same way about her. He already has his eyes set on a friend in their class! To make it every worse, her cat keeps disappearing! This is a mystery her and her friends (including Avery!) need to solve. Jordan doesn’t want to lose her lovely, cuddly kitty! There’s no time for that!
I think this book is such a delight! We already met Avery in the first book (Hiding Out on Halloween), but there’s no need to worry if you haven’t read the first book. Each of these books can be read as a standalone. If you want to know a little background, feel free to binge the whole series (it’s worth it, honestly). The book sets itself up that you will get the base information needed (for example, relationships between the characters or any major past events you’d need to know) and lets you dive into the story without worry. It almost feels like some of the comments mentioned are more like Easter eggs for eager fans.
Either way, this series is a must read for middle graders wanting to dive into positive chapter books. All of these stories scream positivity, friendship, growth and learning. They are feel good books that will make your heart feel very happy. No negativity around here!
Five out of five stars. I love this series oh so very much. Give me more!!
Thank you to the author, A. J. Kormon, for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
If you love middle grade reads, here are some recent faves featured on my blog. Check them out!
Creeping up on Christmas by A.J. Kormon
Hiding out on Halloween by A.J. Kormon
Brandon Goes to Hong Kong by Eugenia Chu
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