Anastasia at This Address (Anastasia Krupnik #8)
by Lois Lowry
From Goodreads: Anastasia Krupnik answers a personal ad, and by stretching the truth, finds herself in quite a predicament when the special "he" wants to meet her.
My review: An ad in a personal column captivates Anastasia Krupnik. Single White Male. Her friends have sworn off boys since they’re so immature, but this grown man sounds irresistible. How is a middle school girl supposed to get the attention of a man, especially one who’s receiving hundreds of letters from single women all over the country? Anastasia doesn’t lie, or so she tells herself. Yes, she owns her own boat since she bought a toy boat from her brother. She goes to school, which makes her a scholar. She does have friends and goes out, so she is busy with social engagements. Of course she'll send a picture...of someone older.
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Anastasia is long-winded and tries too hard in her letters, which is all a part of her inexperience and naiveté. As one would expect, she makes a mess out of things. SWM wants to meet her after reading all her letters and appreciating the picture she sent. This is a fun book and the ending had a twist I didn’t expect.
Reading other reviews and seeing how some people had issues with this book, the time it was published has to be taken into consideration. This book was written years ago with a tone of humor and innocence. It would be something else if it were written today with all the internet criminality one sees in the news. That aside, I’d love to read more from this series.