Monday, November 17, 2014

Review- The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

Goodreads Summary:

For a full hour, he poured lemonade. The world is a thirsty place, he thought as he nearly emptied his fourth pitcher of the day. And I am the Lemonade King.

Fourth-grader Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings’ lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win—or even if their fight will ever end. Brimming with savvy marketing tips for making money at any business, definitions of business terms, charts, diagrams, and even math problems, this fresh, funny, emotionally charged novel subtly explores how arguments can escalate beyond anyone’s intent.

Awards: 2009 Rhode Island Children's Book Award, 2007 New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, North Carolina Children’s Book Award 2011, 2011 Nutmeg Award (Connecticut)

Check out for more information on The Lemonade War Series, including sequels The Lemonade Crime, The Bell Bandit, and The Candy Smash.


I used to read Middle Grade books when I myself was a middle grader. Then I don't know how, but I stopped reading MG books. The sole explanation I had for the same is that I outgrew those books. Then I won a couple of books that fall under the genre in giveaways. My first thought when I received those books was that I would give them away. One Sunday afternoon, I was browsing my book shelf for a quick and small read. I couldn't find anything. That's when I came across The Lemonade War and I thought, why not? I mean, I never stopped reading Middle Grade books because I thought they were too childish. But it's just that I worried a little about how it might seem. Anyway, I picked up the book and from afternoon until early evening, I was way too occupied in this super cute and innocent read that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

The Lemonade War is the story of siblings Evan and Jessie who have a wonderful brother-sister relationship that gets a little rocky when Jessie, who is fourteen months younger than Evan, gets informed about something really exciting and interesting from school. Pissed off at this, Evan ignores his sister, who is also his best friend, and starts hanging out with his bunch of classmates during the last few days of their summer holidays. The two (Evan and Jessie) declare a lemonade war and the one who earns the most money by selling lemonade at the end of a week, gets to keep the money earned by both parties. 

Having read mostly Young Adult and New Adult books in the past few years, I was pleasantly surprised and really happy to read such a sweet book with a nice story. Even though I fall under the category of New Adult and that means I'm supposed to relate to the characters in those books, I never succeed at doing that. When it came to The Lemonade War, I found way too many scenes that made me think of my childhood and how my relationship was, at that time, with my friends and siblings. It did make me realise how not smart I was at that age, but oh well, I cannot get over how happy and insanely cute this book was. It made me smile throughout. Of course, there were times when I felt bad for either of the sibling and I tended to side with the other. In the end, it was all good though. 

The Lemonade War is a story of two siblings, lemonade, friendship and maths (which I finally learned, thanks to the book). I loved how author Jacqueline Davies has portrayed the cute, innocent and absolutely wonderful relationship between Evan and Jessie. There were times when charts, notes and tables are used in the book itself in the form of graphics which made it more fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I've found a relaxing and truly entertaining genre to get to when I just want to read for the sole reason that reading is fun. I enjoyed The Lemonade War way more than I'm willing to admit. I don't care what it seems like now. I'm not ashamed of what I read and I'm so happy I read this book as it was a fantastic read. 


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