Twelve-year-old Jelly hides her true self behind her humor and keeps her true thoughts and feelings locked away in a notebook. Can she find the courage to share who she really is?
Angelica (Jelly for short) is the queen of comedy at school. She has a personality as big as she is, and everyone loves her impressions. But Jelly isn't as confident as she pretends to be. No one knows her deepest thoughts and feelings. She keeps those hidden away in a secret notebook.
Then her mom's new boyfriend, Lennon, arrives. He's kind and perceptive, and he is the first person to realize that Jelly is playing a part. Jelly shares her poetry with him and he convinces her to perform one of her poems as a song at the school talent show. Can Jelly risk letting people see the real her? What if it all goes wrong?--from the publisher
272 pages 978-1499810066 Ages 10-14
Keywords: body image, feelings, humor, courage, secrets, emotions, self image, self acceptance, self esteem, self confidence, being yourself, believing in yourself, school story, talent show, If You Liked Paula Danziger, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, finding your voice, family dynamics, If You Liked Judy Blume, If You Liked Julie Murphy, If You Liked Dear Sweet Pea, Middle School 7th Grade Bookclub