Middle Grade Book Review: My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

Hiya everyone, it’s Sarah!

I came across this title when I was looking for Mock Newbery books. While, I am not including this in my regularly scheduled mock post, I thought it would be a good book to talk about.

26146374. sy475 Summary:

Ebony-Grace lives with her mother and grandfather in Alabama, occasionally seeing her father in Harlem over the summers. However, when something begins happening with her grandfather, Ebony-Grace’s mother becomes too overwhelmed with that situation and sends her to stay with her father in New York City for a little while. Ebony-Grace has a hard time staying rooted in reality. Both she and her grandfather opened their imagination locations and had imaginary quests throughout time and space, like those from Star Trek. Ebony-Grace hopes to pick up her space adventures with her childhood friend Bianca Pluto, when she gets to No Joke City, New York. However, Bianca has put aside the silly space adventures and is growing up. She has joined a crew of break dancing double dutchers, who cannot understand Ebony Grade at all. Ebony-Grace is determined to save Bianca from the minions, but does Bianca really want to be saved? Will E-Grace be able to survive with her imagination location wide open, or will she need to check back into reality?


E-Grace is a special snowflake. She is super weird and I can totally understand why Bianca and her friends react the way they do. While I feel this way, I know that there are many readers out there who will connect with this character. I liked the integration of graphic novel panels within the narrative text. This novel takes on more recent history, the 1980s. This novel was difficult for me to read because I didn’t like the main character, but I will certainly offer this to readers and know that many will enjoy it.



2 thoughts on “Middle Grade Book Review: My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

  1. indiefan20 says:

    Yeah, I have a weakness for super-weird protagonists so I think I’d probably like her more than you did. I also really like her name- it’s really pretty. Sometimes it’s hard to like a book when the protagonist annoys you (for some reasons I actually like unlikable characters though, as long as they’re assholes but not irritating ones.) 🙂

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