Review! Always, Abigail by Nancy Cavanaugh

26 Nov

alawaysabigailAlways, Abigail
By Nancy Cavanaugh
320 pages – ages 9+
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on August 5, 2014

Synopsis- Abigail Walters was entering the sixth grade, and, along with her best friends Alli and Cami, can’t wait to become a Pompom Girl. Then everything goes wrong. Alli and Cami get the same homeroom, and have the same teachers. Abigail has the meanest homeroom teacher in the school. When that teacher assigns a project where you write letters to an assigned person in the class, Abigail gets paired with Gabby – an outcast-y, “weird”-type – and Abigail dreads it. But what if she actually starts to like Gabby? And starts to realize that her friends aren’t as nice as she thought they were?

What I liked-This was a great book about choosing what you  should do, over what you want to do. At first, I wasn’t sure about the writing style of the book, it started off as list after list after list, but then I figured out that the book was written like a notebook, and I found myself really liking it. Abigail tells her story though lists and small paragraphs (for example: 3 Reasons I Know I Was Born To Be A PomPom Girl, and What I Wanted To Say, But Didn’t). The style really grew on me. Abigail has always wanted to be one of those popular “PomPom Girls” (I am figuring that is a cheerleader), but first, she doesn’t get any classes with her two best friends, and then, in her Language Arts room, she gets partnered with the biggest “loser” in 6th grade and she pretty much thinks her life is over. I didn’t really like how Abigail blatantly calls Gabby (her partner), a “loser” in her notebook. I really disliked her at first, but I guess that is the point of the story. 😉 Abigail goes through a natural, yet significant, character change. As a reader, I really enjoy that in a book.

I give “Always, Abigail” four out of five bookworms!fourbooks

17 Responses to “Review! Always, Abigail by Nancy Cavanaugh”

  1. readingwithrhythm November 26, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting technique to tell a story. And it sounds like a good girly tale. I mean that in a good way. 🙂


  2. macjam47 November 26, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful book about accepting others.


  3. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog November 26, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    I haven’t heard of this one before- but it sounds like an interesting book. What a unique format. 🙂


  4. Patricia Tilton November 26, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

    Sound like an important book for kids to read. Very important message about assumptions we tend to make that are usually wrong. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Erik!


  5. Darlene November 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    This book sounds very real life to me. So many young girls want to be part of the cool crowd. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family.


  6. Nancy J. Cavanaugh November 28, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    Thank you for such a lovely review of ALWAYS, ABIGAIL! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!
    Nancy J. Cavanaugh


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 29, 2014 at 10:50 am #

      Thank you Ms. Cavanaugh! I really appreciate you saying that, and taking the time to comment on my post! 😀


    • Isabel M.A. Flores September 29, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

      Hi. I’m reading the book now and I’m on page 77 but can you tell me what “LA” stands for? For example in this sentence on page 72 (3rd paragraph) “Of course, Mr. Blue Eyes, being the cool new teacher that he is, is totally into computers and the Internet for LA assignments.”

      Thank you!


      • Nancy J. Cavanaugh October 1, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

        LA stands for Language Arts.


      • ThisKidReviewsBooks October 6, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

        Oh, sure! “LA” in this instance is for “Language Arts” like English, and Writing.
        I hope this helps!


  7. Nancy J. Cavanaugh October 1, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    Thank you to all who have commented about the review! It is nice to hear that so many readers see this as a relevant topic for middle grade girls. Sometimes as adults we forget just how hard it is for young people to make good choices while they are finding their way in the world as they grow up.


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