Laura-May here and I just finished Tremendous Things by Susan Nielsen and I loved it!
Following Wilbur in his journey to self-assurance it teaches not just Wilbur but teaches the reader. All in a fight to win his French crush’s heart, Wilbur takes on a whole lifestyle change with his 85 year old friend Sal and (his same age friends) Alex and Fab! Competing against his long term bully Tyler, not only must Wilbur learn to love the person he is but all whilst raising the £500 to go to Paris to meet up again with his crush, French exchange student Charlotte (Charlie)! No pressure!
I loved the message and relatable characters. As well as it being funny it was written in a tone for younger teenagers or older kids. The plot never felt dragged out it was constant. BIG recommend!
About the book
Wilbur is sure he’s a loser: he spends his life being bullied, his best friend is 85 years old, and his only talent is playing the triangle in the school band. But things start to look up when he gets the chance to be part of the French exchange. Wilbur’s billet Charlie arrives to spend the week with him and his two moms . . . and it turns out that Charlie is a girl. An amazing, sophisticated, French girl who Wilbur instantly falls in love with. Keen to win her heart, Wilbur agrees to a total life makeover before he sees Charlie again on the return trip to Paris. But the course of true amour never did run smooth . . .