Girls Acting Catty by Leslie Margolis

I was so excited when I picked up the ARC of Girls Acting Catty at BEA last weekend. Jen Robinson’s review of Boys Are Dogs made me want to read that book and I trusted that the sequel would be just as good.

Annabelle has been going to Birchwood Middle School for about 2 months now and she has managed to use her dog training techniques on the boys she goes to school with. School is finally fun and her friends are great. She thinks she has it all figured out. What she hasn’t counted on is a run-in with mean girls. Who knew that girls could be so catty and cruel? And with no provocation! When her dog training techniques don’t work on the meanest girls in school, Anna is at a loss. When she starts befriending those same popular girls, she risks losing her true friends.

This was an enjoyable read. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Boys Are Dogs but I think that’s because the “mean girls” plot is done so often. The story is well-written and very accurate. At times, I felt like I was reading about my own students. Too often, books about middle school social dynamics are over-the-top or seem like they are more high-school oriented. This one is just perfect! I think fans of Boys Are Dogs will enjoy Girls Acting Catty just as much.