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Luv Ya Bunches follows four girls making the momentous transition from fourth grade to fifth, when mean girl and cliques take center stage and a world of texting and Facebook hovers just a few short years away. Popular Milla loses a lucky charm, new girl Violet hides it, geeky Katie-Rose is accused of theft, and quiet genius Yasamin saves the day. Along the way, the four come together in what promises to be the first of many skirmishes with queen-bee Modessa.
Every stereotype of the Nick version of tween-dom is present in this first book of a series, but author Lauren Myracle offers four appealing voices that middle-graders are sure to gobble up. Friendship is revered and positive messages abound, though the characters are apt to muse a little too perceptively on what other girls are thinking and feeling. More and realer adult interaction would have made the book stronger and no less satisfying—I didn’t buy that a teacher wouldn’t take action against students calling a 4-year-old a “nigger” or that the four girls wouldn’t care about convincing faculty as well as students that Katie-Rose was no thief—but Luv Ya Bunches is still fluffy fun.