TITLE: Going Wild
AUTHOR: Lisa McMann
PAGE EXTENT: 400
PUBLISHER: Harper Kids
GENRE: Middle Grade
MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Charlie Wilde knew her life would change forever when her family moved from the city of Chicago to the suburbs of Arizona…and that was before she found the bracelet. After putting it on, she notices odd things start to happen. Suddenly Charlie seems to have the speed of a cheetah and the strength of an elephant—and that’s just the beginning. She would be thrilled about her transformation if she had any idea how to use the device or control her amazing powers. So Charlie is forced to put her trust in new friends to help her uncover the surprising truth behind the mysterious bracelet.
THIS IS THE SUPERHERO NOVEL I DIDN’T KNOW I NEEDED IN MY LIFE.
Charlotte Wilde is just your normal middle-schooler who is whining about relocating to dry and hot Arizona from Chicago because her mother landed a good job at the local hospital. She is apprehensive about the move and doesn’t want to leave her best friend Amari. Wait, did I say NORMAL? Well, she was, until she unpacks a parcel with a bracelet that was dropped off at her house just before the move.
The book started off a bit sluggish at first, and before I realized, I was hurtling through the book! The bracelet grants Charlie superpowers such as cheetah speed, elephant strength and starfish healing! And the bracelet just doesn’t come off! Charlie is your perfect neighborhood superhero! She is also a soccer player, and as someone who is extremely challenged as far as sports are concerned, I learnt quite a lot about soccer and the terms associated with the sport hahaha!
This is a super-fun, action-packed read with the right amount of middle school drama! There wasn’t a single boring moment in the book and it had me up reading till 2 AM! The side characters are well-developed and are given the perfect dose of spotlight! McMann surely is no stranger to middle grade fiction and yet again shows her prowess in this one!
Charlie’s best friend Maria Torres is a Latina and her other friend Mac is a dark-skinned person. I loved the fact that McMann included people from various ethnicities and also touched upon serious issues such as divorce, though in a mild sense. The plot was surprisingly very realistic and didn’t seem too flashy at all.
ALSO, WHAT IN ALL THE PLANETS WAS THAT CLIFFHANGER?!?!? I DEFINITELY DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING. There are two parallel plots running side-by-side throughout the book (the side plot has black pages, how cool is that?). The side plot adds to the element of suspense and makes the reader understand how high the stakes are in the sequel! This is getting more and more serious and I can’t wait to read Book 2! This trilogy has amazing covers too! An added bonus and a pretty addition to my shelf!
In short, I fell head over heels in love with this book! A true middle grade lover wouldn’t miss this one! FIVE STARS! PICK UP THIS ONE AND UNLEASH THIS ANIMAL-POWERED SUPERHERO INTO YOUR LIFE!