Sometimes Maggie feels left out. Her mom and dad are preoccupied with getting ready for the new baby, her twin brothers are always in their own little twin world, and even her friends seem to be distracted with other things.

Maggie convinces her parents that a puppy is the perfect answer, but a trip to the animal shelter just makes things worse! Turns out Maggie is severely allergic to many kinds of pets. Then Maggie makes a new best friend. Claire has just moved in next door and seems to answer all of Maggie's troubles until she does something that makes Maggie feel completely misunderstood.

The themes of feeling left out, finding friendships, and working through tough problems in this story are extremely relatable. The story is told in a really humorous way with artwork to match! Anyone who is a fan of graphic novels such as Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol, Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz, or Raina Telgemeier's Smile will enjoy this story. Recommended for ages 8–12.

Reviewed by Ginny H., Children's Librarian