My mom LOVES to read, I love to read (although I seriously need to make some more time for it) and thankfully, my ten year old daughter Lily loves to read too. I love that at any given time I can find Lily curled up on her bed or on our front porch reading a book. When I heard that one of my (and my mom’s) favorite authors James Patterson wrote another middle school kids book called Jacky Ha-Ha, I had to get this for my daughter and me to read! Ummm and yah, did I mention it DEBUTED at #1 on the NY Times BestSeller list which of course you can grab on Amazon (like we did) or at Barnes and Noble, Target etc.
We started the book right before our Spring Break trip to Walt Disney World. Perfect timing too because Jacky even mentioned Disney World in the book. What a funny coincidence. This book is great because it has the right amount of humor and even a sad part that made me and Lily get teary eyed. A perfect example of we laughed, we cried. lol I won’t tell you too much though because I don’t want to spoil it. My ten year old daughter could not put it down and that’s how I totally know she is INNNNto a book she is reading when I have to tear her away and the ONLY thing that tore her away last week was Mickey Mouse himself.
What is Jacky Ha-Ha about? According to Amazon: “With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation–even when she really, really shouldn’t–twelve-year-old Jacky Ha-Ha loves to make people laugh. And cracking wise helps distract her from thinking about not-so-funny things in her life, like her mom serving in a dangerous, faraway war, and a dad who’s hardly ever home. But no matter how much fun Jacky has, she can’t seem to escape her worries. So one starlit night, she makes a promise to keep her family together…even if she has to give up the one thing that makes her happy. But can she stop being Jacky Ha-Ha, if that’s who she really is?”
According to me it’s about a girl who reminds me of what I try to teach my ten year old. Be silly, be funny and laugh at yourself because humor can heal so much. I know this from being a Breast Cancer Survivor, I laughed the whole time I was sick, it’s how I kinda got through that time. Laughter SO helps. Kinda like Jacky trying to use humor to help her navigate her tween life in this story.
According to my ten year old Lily it’s about a funny girl who likes to make people laugh but there was a few things that also made her sad. She told me, “kinda like how my friends call me Lil-Bot at school because I make them laugh but I’m usually not sad Mom.” It made me smile how honest she was with me and I loved the time I had with her reading Jacky Ha-Ha. Doing things together with her and creating memories is what life is ALL about!
So, my ten year old and I give Jacky Ha-Ha two thumbs up or I guess if it’s from both of us that technically would be a FOUR thumbs up! Grab YOUR daughter and join the Mother Daughter Book Club movement with us and be a part of the #HaHaBookClub!
Here’s our video review and Mother Daughter Bonding moment!
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