I just finished reading “The Real Z” by Jen Calonita. I know Z came out a while back this year, but I just kind of brushed her off, thinking she was just a reused, uncreative doll. While her doll looks just like Truly 64, except with a different part and a mole, her story surprised me. In a good way! I really enjoyed it!
The story is about Suzanne “Z” Yang, a stopmotion filmmaker in Seattle, Washington. When she gets a chance to enter a film contest, she is super excited! But then she finds out that it’s very different from anything she’s ever done before, and she feels pressured and a little discouraged when her friends don’t like her first try. Will she be able to express ‘the real Z’? Can she save her Camera Club, buying a new camera with prize money? Will she maintain good relationships with her family and friends?
Read the book and find out!
Now for some spoilers. *evil grin* Don’t read anymore if you want to be surprised with the book.
What I liked in ‘The Real Z’:
-One of her BFFS is in a wheelchair. It’s good for girls (and everyone, really) to read about people with disabilities, so they aren’t intimidated or scared when they come across them.
-All the Korean-American traditions incorporated in the book. I learned new things!
-The fact that Z uses AG dolls for AGSMs(American Girl Stop Motions), and she’s 13. I appreciate AG reaching out to girls who are above the 8-13 age range, portraying doll photography as something cool and interesting, instead of creepy like many people think it is.
-The stress put on online safety. A lot of girls post their personal info or inappropriate things. I like how supportive and tuned-in Z’s parents are. 🙂
What I didn’t like in ‘The Real Z’:
-Z was a bit immature in her fights with her friends, and when things didn’t work out. But it wasn’t bad!
So, if you are thinking of reading it, I encourage you to do so!
Have you read Z’s books? What do you think of Z?
❤ , IrishAG