Review: The Friendship Experiment by Erin Teagan

25226270The Friendship Experiment by Erin Teagan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Family, Friendship, Science

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Future scientist Madeline Little is dreading the start of middle school. Nothing has been right since her grandfather died and her best friend changed schools. Maddie would rather help her father in his research lab or write Standard Operating Procedures in her lab notebook than hang out with a bunch of kids who aren’t even her friends. Despite Maddie’s reluctance, some new friends start coming her way—until they discover what she’s written in that secret notebook. And that’s just part of the trouble. Can this future scientific genius find the formula for straightening out her life?


Oh, what a HUGGABLE book!

It’s such a lovely, heart-warming story. If I had a kiddo, I’d recommend this book to them right away.

It’s centered on friendship, family, illness and Maddie’s unconditional love of science. Although there are many themes, all of them are BEAUTIFULLY developed. No exception.

Plus it’s such an original story, despite the scenes and situations often found in middle grade books, such as broken friendships for petty reasons and sibling fights. It still feels very much honest and GENUINE.

I just loved the writing and narration. The inclusion of SOPs (standard operative procedures) entertained the hell out of me. Not only is it the signature of this book, but it’s used in a CLEVER manner. I was always looking forward to them as I was reading. They’re creative and meaningful to the plot.

Maddie is a relatable heroine. Granted, it’s rare to see middle schoolers this interested in science, but Maddie’s father is a scientist and so was her grandfather, so it 1 – made sense and 2 – added uniqueness to the story and her characterization. I definitely think many will connect with her difficulty in making TRUE friends.

Definitely a story not to miss on.

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