How To Be A Real Person (In Just One Day)
Author: Sally Warner
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.
Summary: Kara is a sixth grader who is trying to cope with difficulties she is having at home. Her father isn’t around because of his job and her mother suffers from depression. Kara also has a secret to reveal.
Review: This is a very interesting book with an intriguing main character. Kara’s mother is suffering from depression and it affects her own young life everyday. She makes lists as a way to make herself feel real, even though she numbed herself to the lack of normalcy around her. She tries to mimic those in school and on TV so no one knows how her mother’s illness has been affecting her. Kara’s mother seems to get all the attention even though Kara needs attention from both herself and others. The reader realizes this almost instantly in the book. She learns to cope with her circumstances in the best way she can and has her friend Stephanie, who doesn’t know too much about her situation, to keep her company. I developed sympathy for Kara and her family throughout the book and found Kara to be a really strong and independent person.