Book Review | Just Harriet

My name is Harriet Wermer.

Just Harriet

Genre: Fiction, Middle Grade, Mystery (kind of)
Location: Fictional Island off Coast of CA.
Pages: 195
Publication year: 2022
Average Goodreads Ratings: 4.14
My Goodreads Rating: ☆☆☆
Trigger Warnings: NA
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There are a few things you should know about Harriet Wermer:

She just finished third grade. She has a perfect cat named Matzo Ball. She doesn’t always tell the truth. She is very happy to be spending summer vacation away from home and her mom and dad and all the wonderful things she had been planning all year.Okay, maybe that last one isn’t entirely the truth.

Of course, there’s nothing Harriet doesn’t like about Marble Island, the small island off the coast of California where her nanu runs a cozy little bed and breakfast. And nobody doesn’t love Moneypenny, Nanu’s old basset hound. But Harriet doesn’t like the fact that Dad made this decision without even asking her.

When Harriet arrives on Marble Island, however, she discovers that it’s full of surprises, and even a mystery. One that seems to involve her Dad, back when he was a young boy living on Marble Island. One that Harriet is absolutely going to solve. And that’s the truth. 

My Thoughts

Overall, I thought this was a cute story. The audiobook was really well done. I loved the narrator. I also really liked the pictures in the story. It have me mega Junie B. Jones vibes. I picked this book up off a whim from my library app because I wanted a quick read… this still took me a week to read LOL.

For a middle grade novel, I thought it well done and thought out. The main character seemed pretty realistic for a child, but I also found her to be super spoiled and it drove me bonkers. I think it’s because if I acted the way Harriet did when I was a child, my parents wouldn’t put up with it.

It was a lighthearted read. It might be good for kids to read but I don’t think I’d recommend it for young adults or adults that are looking for a book to escape reality for a bit.


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