It's not easy being Claire. (Really.)

Claire's life is a joke . . . but she's not laughing. While her friends seem to be leaping forward, she's dancing in the same place. The mean girls at school are living up to their mean name, and there's a boy, Ryder, who's just as bad, if not worse. And at home, nobody's really listening to her -- if anything, they seem to be more in on the joke than she is.

Then into all of this (not-very-funny-to-Claire) comedy comes something intense and tragic -- while her dad is talking to her at the kitchen table, he falls over with a medical emergency. Suddenly the joke has become very serious -- and the only way Claire, her family, and her friends are going to get through it is if they can find a way to make it funny again.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on September 27, 2016 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545863244
ISBN-13: 9780545863247
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  • pinecone20
    pinecone20Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 6:50 pm55 stars
    I recommend this I love it so much:)
    • pinecone20
      pinecone20Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 6:05 pm55 stars
      I love this book!! I recommend this book for people who like novels and realistic fiction. Claire Goldsmith is an 8th grader who is going through so many problems, such as her dance friends leaping their way to the high school dancing level while she is stuck dancing with 11-year-old pipsqueaks, and the fact that the bullies in her school have gotten worse (Ryder Scott, to be specific), but those problems are nothing compared to what her father is going through. Meanwhile, she has a science teacher who compares everyone to her perfect daughter, Meredith, and her dance school's Dad Dance, and Claire isn't sure if she'll survive 8th grade...