For as long as Tatum can remember it’s been:
Tatum + Lori = Best friends
They do everything together, including a yearly clarinet/flute duet for District Honor Band auditions. But when a new boy transfers to their middle school and their band, the equation suddenly changes to:
Lori + Michael – Tatum = One happy couple
With her best friend slipping away and her parents recently separated, Tatum’s life has turned upside down. Plus her good friend Aaron thinks that they are secretly boyfriend and girlfriend, all because of one little lie Tatum told. Accepting change isn't easy for Tatum, but just how much is she willing to give up to hold on to her friendship with Lori and life as she knows it? For Tatum, the best way to move forward may require a whole new formula . . .
Audition and Subtraction was a good middle grade novel. The book is about a girl named Tatum. Everything is changing around her and she doesn't like it. She can’t understand why everything can’t go back to the way it was before. She has quite a few bad changes in her life, but she also a few good ones too. This book has a good lesson for the readers. The lesson is, change is not always a bad thing. It might seem like the worst thing in the world when you are going through it. However, something positive almost always happens from it. Change can be a learning experience and lead to good memories, such as, Tatum’s mom being in the play. Tatum thought that it was one of the worst things to happen at the time, but it turned out to be a fun experience for everyone. The book was very well written. It made me laugh at times, and reflect at others. My favorite character was Tatum’s mom. She was a very strong woman. Instead of getting depressed after a separation, she went out and found something she enjoyed doing. I would recommend this novel to female students in fifth through eighth grade. I would also recommend it to anyone who has ever been in band.
I give Audition and Subtraction: 4/5.
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