In many ways, Forget Me Nat (Nat Enough V02) is better and funnier than the first book. Maria Scrivan continues the adventures of our hero Natalie (or Nat) and her friends. The second half of the year has started, but the crush Nat has only continued to get stronger. And yes, we have some rose colored glasses, a best friend into a little gossip, another best friend into running for class president and a whole lot of hijinks, humor, and several people with hurt feelings.
This time we follow Nat and her friends through more middle school issues. We find the hard earn self confidence she has won start to crumble, we see how one should not toss aside friends when they need you the most and we learn that you need to keep your campaign promises.
This is a feel-good book. If you like happy endings, this is the book for you. Example: while I love who wins the election, it was not one hundred percent realistic. Nat is the “Every Girl.” She laughs, loves, cries, loses love, makes herself good friends, and realizes that things are going to be okay when you have those good friends, along with your cat and dog (who make some lovely commentary between chapters) by your side.
The art is basic, simple, without being simplistic. The colors are bright and bold. Details are minimal but help keep the feeling of that goofy, fun, and positive vibe the author wants to give. Nat and crew are people you know, might be and probably wish were your own friends. Ages 8 to 12 and fans of the Baby Sitters Club graphics novels, Terri Libenson and Jennifer L. Holm/Matthew Holm are the best audiences.