The entire story is predicated on an impossibility - that a middle schooler would teach middle school - and readers who get hung up on that fact will have a harder time enjoying the story.
Those who can get past that, however, will enjoy this unique tale of an unlikely friendship and two interesting young teens.
They're an unlikely pair, but in this uproarious middle-grade comedy, wacky is the norm and anything is possible - just like middle school.
Over time, though, the girls realize At thirteen, math prodigy Aphrodite Wigglesmith has already completed her college education at Harvard.
Over time, though, the girls realize they have more in common than meets the eye.
Aphrodite Wigglesmith is a thirteen-year-old prodigy. After a fast track through Harvard, she's back at her old middle school to teach remedial math and prove a bold theory: anyone can be a genius with the right instruction.
Enter Mindy, a ditzy baton twirler who knows more about hair roots than square roots.
What could she possibly learn from such a frumpy nerd, except ma Aphrodite Wigglesmith is a thirteen-year-old prodigy.
After a fast track through Harvard, she's back at her old middle school to teach remedial math and prove a bold theory: anyone can be a genius with the right instruction.
She is trying to prove that anyone can be a math wiz.
(And she does prove this, although I still have serious reservations about the premise.) Meanwhile, Aphrodite makes friends for the first time with a girl her own age and learns to be a 13 year-old.
This book deals with the same issues as many tween novels - fights between friends, feeling put down by cruel classmates, being unfairly dismissed by clueless adults - but it does so with a new twist. The text almost pokes fun at itself, and many familiar aspects of middle school are exaggerated for the sake of humor.
The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius will appeal to both girls and boys who have enjoyed The Secret Life of Ms. Winters, Schooled by Gordon Korman, The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander, and The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. At 13 she is completing her doctorate at Havard when she takes time out to teach remedial math at her own middle school.
What could she possibly learn from such a frumpy nerd, except maybe what not to wear?