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  • Writer's pictureSofiya Pasternack

Review: Meena Meets Her Match

Author: Karla Manternach

Genre: contemporary

Release Date: January 29, 2019

Series: none


Meena’s life is full of color. She wears vibrant clothes, eats every shade of the rainbow, and plucks eye-catching trash from the neighborhood recycling bins.

But when Meena’s best friend, Sofía, stops playing with her at recess and she experiences an unexpected and scary incident at breakfast, nothing can fight off the gray.

That’s when Meena comes up with a plan to create the BEST and most COLORFUL Valentine’s Day Box in the class. With the help of her cousin, Eli, and her stuffed zebra, Raymond, Meena discovers that the best way to break through the blah is to let her true colors shine.

What I Liked

Meena is immediately lovable and unique. Her descriptions of color and how she interprets things is so fun to read, and you get a sense of her personality right away. Her family is wonderful as well; there were a few tearjerker moments with Meena and her sister, or with her parents, that were just so sweet to read. The illustrations are a hoot as well!

What I Would Have Liked to See

I can’t think of anything. Just a very cute book all the way through!

My Favorite!

Meena has seizures and has to come to grips with what may be a very serious medical condition in her future. I loved how this wasn’t shied away from and was tackled head-on with very accurate descriptions of what it’s like to get an MRI and CT scan, and how that must feel for a kid Meena’s age to go through. I would think that kids who are having a similar experience to Meena would find Meena very relatable.


Spunky kid who loves every color of the rainbow must overcome a serious medical condition while also coping with her best friend inexplicably not wanting to spend time with her anymore. Sweet family dynamics, direct medical discussion, and Meena's unique point of view make this the perfect book for middle grade readers!


I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. All thoughts are my own!



meet sofiya!

Sofiya Pasternack is a mental health professional, the highly-distractible author of Jewish MG and YA fantasy, and prone to oversharing gross medical stories.

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