Gloppy


Children - Grade 4th-6th
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 09/18/2022
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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite

Dolores Lanson, otherwise known as Dee to her friends, is a young girl going through the rigors of the academic calendar. She feels the subjects she has to contend with are boring. This gets her into trouble regularly with her teacher who takes a dim view of Dee's antics in the classroom. When a new girl in school starts to monopolize the attention of Dee's friends, she is unhappy about this and determined to do whatever is necessary to break the newly formed bond and restore the closeness she shares with Ronnie and Sue. But is Dee willing to break all the rules to keep her friends, even if this threatens to put her in her parents' bad books? Growing pains are on display in Janice Laakko's new book, Gloppy.

Gloppy by Janice Laakko is targeted at the youth. The storyline is loosely based on the activities of four interesting young ladies as they navigate the learning curve of friends, sports, family, and school. The conversations between the characters involved flow with the mannerisms and lingo of modern-era youth. Laakko uses an unconventional approach to telling her story in the sense that the focus seems to be primarily on the relationships between the characters. This puzzled me initially but I got accustomed to it as I read further. It does work out nicely in the end though. It makes for some rather interesting reading, a lovely book by all standards, and worth all the positive attention it receives. Kudos to the author.