True to Your Selfie

Scholastic. Feb. 2020. 288p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338296990.
Gr 5-8–Ella and Morgan are not your average 12-year-olds from New Jersey. They have fans and thousands of followers for their social media posts. Morgan, aka Girl Boss, has high hopes for the duo. She makes sure Ella is always ready for the public eye by sending her Morning Must-Dos, paying for makeovers, and choreographing the perfect selfie pose. As the quirky Goofball Goddess, Ella knows how important she is to their brand’s success and how lucky she is that the wealthy and influential Morgan has chosen her as a partner. She’s committed to their duo, especially if it means following in the footsteps of her idol Riley Quick. This loyalty causes Ella to turn a blind eye to Morgan’s bullying and to overlook the fact that she can never be more popular than Morgan without facing backlash. Ella may keep quiet when Morgan picks on her former best friend Sophie, but it’s Sophie’s voice in her head that continues to remind her of the person she can be without Morgan’s influence. Ella has to decide if social media popularity and potential national fame is worth the sacrifice.
VERDICT This current and relatable novel will resonate with middle school readers, especially those who have felt the pressure to create a perfect social media presence. A fine purchase for middle school collections needing more contemporary fiction around complicated friendships.

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