Anyway*: *A Story About Me with 138 Footnotes, 27 Exaggerations, and 1 Plate of Spaghetti

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.543007
Reinventing yourself takes humor, heart, and a TON of footnotes!

Max is a good kid—but you wouldn’t know that if you met him at the boring family camp his parents dragged him to over the summer. There, for a few exciting weeks, Max reinvents himself as “Mad Max” and gains a bad-boy reputation for being daring, cool, and fearless.
But when Max returns home, he finds it’s easier to be fearless with strangers than it is among friends, and he is not particularly proud of the way his behavior over the summer hurt people. Can he find away to merge his adventurous alter ego with his true identity as a good guy?
Peppered with humorous handwritten footnotes and doodles throughout, Anyway* perfectly captures the viewpoint of a young teen doing his best to find his place in the world—and an ideal balance between wise guy and wimp.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on May 1, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1442429305
ISBN-13: 9781442429307
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  • shannon29
    Shannon AThursday, June 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm44 stars
    It was a fun and fast read. It used footnotes to explain things that most authors would put in parentheses, which made it unique. It is about a boy who just wants to be liked and have a fun summer. But then his parents make him go to a summer camp with them. He realizes that none of the kids at the camp will know him, and decides to "reinvent" himself. He then tries on a whole new personality and learns a lot about himself. There were some parts that I thought were so funny that I couldn't stop laughing out loud!