School has always been a struggle for Albie. He’s never been the “best” at anything. He struggles both academically and socially. Albie not only has to deal with bullies at school, he has pressure from his parents to do better at school. Fortunately, Albie encounters some wonderful people that help him uncover his hidden talents. His new babysitter, Calista, helps him believe in himself and find what he is good at. The teachers at his new (public) school help him discover that learning does not have to be difficult. Albie even has an opportunity to be part of the “cool” crowd and learns some important life lessons.
There has been much positive buzz about Absolutely Almost on Twitter lately. I was excited to the read the book and was not disappointed. Albie is such a kind, insightful, caring character; it was easy to fall in love with him. I especially enjoyed his friendship with Betsy, a girl at his new school that has difficulty with stuttering.
I didn’t mind that Betsy didn’t talk too much. Because it can be hard sometimes, saying what you mean. And I thought maybe I understood her most of the time anyway.
Without meaning to, Albie teaches others how to be better people. I hope to meet many “Albies” at school next year!