This book is so fun to read because its a bunch a little stories about birthdays. If you haven't read it get it!! :)
You couldn't be much older than a pre-teen and really enjoy this IMO. Young girls, maybe between the ages of about 8 and 12 might enjoy some of the stories but that's about it I think.
Most of the stories were okay, one or two were not too good IMO, and one literally made my head spin. I wanted to cry it hurt my head so much. 'Sez You' by Norma Fox Mazer - skip it - for the love of God, skip it. You're brain will thank you.
Mazer used all of the characters from her book The Missing Girl, and having read that I can say they should have been retired. The characters are weak, annoying, and just aren't the type of characters I ever want to read about again. I remember The Missing Girl because it could very well have been a great book. I know a lot of people that enjoy Mazer's writing but from what I've read so far it all falls flat for me.
The story I liked the best didn't belong. It was by Sharon Robinson, Jackie Robinson's daughter. It was a true story whereas all the others were fiction. It was also the last one and felt largely out of place. I don't know if Robinson has done this already but I think she should take the story included here, expand on it, and publish it alone. I think she has a knack for writing and I think she has an exciting story to boot. But, it didn't belong here.
The author bios in the back - I wondered why they were there. Each was a few paragraphs and basically said nothing of any value besides the authors birthday. I tried to put myself in a pre-teen frame of mind but I wouldn't have felt any different at a younger age.
This could have been better - I don't think this would turn a would-be reader into a reader.