Teen Review– Twerp by Mark Goldblatt


Sixth-grader Julian Twerski accepts a deal to write a journal for his English class in order to get out of a report on Shakespeare. The journal is supposed to encourage Julian to write about the “incident” that got him suspended from school. While Julian refuses to write about the act of bullying that got him in trouble, he tells the tales of the events of the semester in journal entries. These adventures include things you would expect any normal sixth grader to do, like participating in pointless shenanigans and exploring the ways of the opposite gender. But before Julian realizes it, the journal becomes more than just a way to get out of classwork, and the truth about the “incident” finally comes out.

As the end of the book neared, I found myself very eager to find out what the “incident” was. Although shocking, I found that the ending did not exactly live up to my expectations. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the depth of the main characters. They had such varying characteristics and I enjoyed that because it gave me a deeper understanding of the ultimate plot of the story. Overall, Twerp was a great read and I would recommend it to all.

The most memorable thing about the book for me was when Julain told the story about how his friend Quentin’s eyebrows got burned off by firecrackers. It added some humor to the story which I enjoyed.

four stars

Review by Raghda, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library

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