By REAGAN WHALEN | Junior Reporter
Summer reading is something that I usually try to get over with quickly, but this year I had a book I really liked, “Merci Suarez Changes Gears” by Meg Medina.
I liked it because it told the story of a girl going into 6th grade and about how life changes. I am a girl going into 6th grade so I can relate to it.
Since 2nd grade, this is one of the only books teachers have assigned me for summer reading that I actually enjoyed reading over the summer. Some books that they assign are really good books, but they are not the best summer reading books.
My sister is a year ahead of me and has had to read books she hasn’t enjoyed during the summer, books about topics that are really sad or disturbing. To me, I feel like we should have some say in what books we read so we don’t have to hear about how people died or something in the middle of our summer. These books really affect how I feel and I think my summer should be a time when I get to just be happy.
This year we got some say because they gave us options. My teachers gave us two books to pick from, “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead and “Merci Suarez Changes Gears” by Meg Medina. I read both but I definitely liked “Merci Suarez Changes Gears” better.
Although both books were about girls in 6th grade, this one was more interesting and didn’t have a lot of sadness in it. Overall, I love reading during the summer, but I don’t think I should be forced to read depressing books in the middle of my summer.
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