Annie B., Made for TV
Author: Amy Dixon
Publisher: Running Press, 2018
Annie Brown has been best friends with Savannah Summerlyn since they were six years old. When Savannah wins the “Quail Award” – award for the best overall student in middle school – Annie is happy for her. Sort of. It’s kind of hard to be in the shadow of someone who is good at everything – academics, sports, you name it, Savannah is tops.
It’s not like Annie doesn’t have talent, too. She does. In fact, Annie writes commercials. She mostly writes about her own inventions, which is why her dad coined the phrase “wrinventor” (writer-inventor). And let me tell you, her inventions are clever and fun. But being a wrinventor is, unfortunately, a bit like being invisible. While Savannah shines as the star, people barely know that Annie exists, let alone writes amazing commercials.
It doesn’t really affect their friendship. At least, not until both girls try out for a new web show called The Cat’s Meow. Savannah convinces Annie they should both try out. After all, with Annie’s wonderful commercial voice she would make a great host and Savannah could be a featured performer.
Unfortunately, the producer doesn’t quite see things the same way as the girls do. He’s not impressed by Annie’s commercial voice, but he does like Savannah’s routine. In fact, he likes it so much that Savannah is chosen to be the host of The Cat’s Meow.
Once again, Annie is “a balloon of tears” because she feels she has done a “giant Cat’s Meow belly flop.” Or has she?
No spoilers, but let me assure readers that Annie has not done a belly flop. In fact, her talents have been recognized and Annie has opportunities – in The Cat’s Meow and in her friendships – that truly are made just for her. This is a great warm and fuzzy read, perfect for summer reading when you just want to have fun.
*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.