Kid’s Book Review: Something To Be Proud Of

Kid’s Book Review: Something To Be Proud Of

About the Book and Author

Imogen Quinn is a chaotic bisexual with dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian, crushing stereotypes about autistic people. When she decides to put on a pride festival that’s accessible for everyone, she enlists the help of the openly gay captain of the football team, Ollie Armstrong.

Dealing with the fallout from his parents’ divorce, Ollie is initially hesitant. But it doesn’t take long for him to be swept up by Imogen’s passion, and he’s not the only one. Joined by the (infuriatingly perfect) head girl, musicians, an artist and a star baker – a dream team soon assembles to help plan pride and tackle injustices in their school and beyond. You’d better listen out – they’re getting ready to make some noise.

Anna Zoe Quirke is an author, librarian, and script editor from the North of England. They’ve written books, scripts, and poetry; their novel ‘Imogen & Ollie’ won the Northern Writers’ Award for Debut YA Fiction in 2022.


Book Review

If you don't like romance DO NOT read this book!

Before you read anymore, don’t think that I didn’t like “Something to be Proud of”. I LOVED this book BUT there was like one thing that made my brain twitch (that probably sounds kinda weird but oh well). LIKE, one of the lines was the MMC, Ollie, comparing his little sister, Maya, to a dog? (I meannnnn, sounds a bit odd to me…)

Anyway, I’m not gonna talk about brain twitches anymore!! It’s character time! So, “Something to be Proud of” is dual pov (which for me has usually already sealed the deal) and, if I’m being honest, I don’t think it really worked that well. I don’t know why, it was just like “Oh, it’s Ollie’s pov again, guess we’ll have to hear him moaning about how depressing his life is!” But, other than that, I LOVED THE CHARACTERS!! I swear, Imogen (the FMC) is literally me just more confident and WAY funnier.

OR A TINY TINYYYY SUBPLOT OF ROMANCE, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. There are about 5 kisses mentioned in STBPO and only one of them is like described properly. The rest are just like “he gave her a peck on the lips” type. However, if you do like romance, then by all means, read it!!

A moment of applause for the author please! * Cue applause* Anna Zoe Quirke PERFECTLY described the relationship of best friends. Stranger to friends. Friends to strangers again. Strangers to best friends. That’s it. And that’s how it was described. The character development was just *chef’s kiss*. Hostile, to literally knowing everything about them.

Basicallyyyyy, to sum this review up, I really enjoyed this book, but I think they’re could’ve been room for improvement on a few things, but it was still good! 4/5 stars from me!

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Reeya
  • Age: 13 years
  • Likes: Cassandra Clare, The Shadowhunter novels and Taylor Swift
  • Dislikes: Maths and Zara Dearborn (character from The Shadowhunter)
  • Favourite Book: Powerless by Lauren Roberts
  • Favourite Song: Who's Afraid of Little Old Me? by Taylor Swift
  • Favourite Film: The Eras Tour