Book Review: Cub

Cub by Cynthia Copeland


An absolutely adorable middle grade graphic memoir about growing up and finding your voice!

Cindy Copeland loves to write, but has never met a woman writer! When her English teacher hooks her up with an internship with a reporter for the local paper, Cindy starts to hone her craft, learn to observe and report—and realizes that flying under the radar isn’t all that!

I utterly adored this. It was cute, sweet and poignant—and damn doesn’t 1972 resemble 2019 an awful lot…

Which is all why fair and accurate reporting is more important than ever to get the truth out to people.

Cindy learns this, and also realizes the importance (and difficulty) of following your passion. It’s not enough to have a talent for writing and an eye for composition—to be great there’s a lot of hard work involved, and research and learning and perseverance, and a lot of success is being assertive and asking for what you want, or just going for an opportunity.

Leslie the reporter was a fantastic mentor, giving great constructive criticism and always doing her best to take Cindy with her without being condescending or diminishing of Cindy’s talents or ignorance.

I also liked Cindy’s relationships with her friends, as she and her BFF drift away (her BFF drawn to the greener pastures of the mean girls group) and Cindy collects other friends who are cool and fun and interesting.

Cindy’s relationship with her family was also a great read. While I didn’t like her father at all and was annoyed that he only realized Cindy had worth beyond her future as wife and mother when she wrote an article for the daily paper, I did like that he changed. It was a small change and perhaps only directed towards Cindy (and her brothers), but it did bring them closer and made him realize that his daughter had a talent and drive that should be nurtured just as much as his sons’.

Anywho, this is a great and very timely read about a girl growing up in a time of turmoil for America.

And when your country doesn’t know what it is, how can you expect a 12-year-old to figure out herself?

I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

Cub releases 7 January 2020 from Algonquin Young Readers

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