This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

By Nancy J. Cavanaugh

Jun 17, 2013 | Reviewed by TFK Kid Reporter Adriana Palmieri

Genre: Realistic fiction

Number of pages: 320

What’s the basic story line?

This is the story of a girl, Rachel, who is trying to fit in. But it is a little tricky for her because her father can be embarrassing, and her being homeschooled doesn’t allow her many opportunities to find friends. Through a series of journal entries, Rachel tells stories about her quest to turn her “old, recycled, freakish, friendless, motherless life into something shiny and new.”

Are the characters believable?

The characters are believable because their emotions seem appropriate for whatever is taking place, but I didn’t think the story line was entirely realistic.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?

I would rate this book a 6.  I couldn’t relate to the main character. But I really liked how the book was written using different forms of writing, such as poetry and diagrams.