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How I Survived Middle School #1 :: Book Review

How I Survived Middle School #1 :: Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Jan 27, 2009
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

Check out Kidzworld’s review of Can You Get an F in Lunch?, the first book in the How I Survived Middle School series.

Author: Nancy Krulik

Check out Kidzworld’s review of Can You Get an F in Lunch?, the first book in the How I Survived Middle School series.

Not What She Expected

After spending the entire summer at sleep away camp, Jenny returns to find a completely different life than the one she left behind. On her first day of middle school she gets tricked by a group of eighth graders, her so-called best friend ignores her, and she’s forced to spend her lunch hour hiding in the telephone booth. Middle school is nothing like she expected.

The Pops

Jenny’s best friend Addie spent the summer on the swim team, making friends with seventh and eighth graders. Now one of the popular kids, or “Pops”, Addie acts embarrassed to be seen with Jenny. She wears belly tops, low-ride jeans and tons of make-up. And worst of all, she treats Jenny like garbage.


Middle School Survival

Jenny tries desperately to be Addie’s friend again—she buys cooler clothes, borrows her mom’s makeup, and tries to sit with her at lunch. But Addie’s friends only laugh and make fun of her. Devastated, Jenny turns to www.middleschoolsurvival.com. She finds friendship quizzes and tons of articles about important things that are certainly not in her middle school’s handbook, like fierce fashions, make-up tips and how to tell if a boy likes you.


New Friendships

Jenny’s loneliness doesn’t last for long. She meets a fellow sixth grader named Chloe who invites her to join her group of friends. Unlike the Pops, Chloe’s friends don’t care about the latest fashions or who’s too geeky to hang out with them. And Jenny soon realizes that being one of the Pops isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. She has way more fun with her own friends—people who’d rather have a water fight than worry about messing up their hair.


The Bottom Line

This book dives into the nerve-racking, intimidating, embarrassing first week of middle school. It shows how to overcome ex-friends and how to make new ones. It’s the perfect read if you’re preparing for that big leap into sixth grade!


How I Survived Middle School #1 Rating: 4


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    Fave Part of Back-to-School?

    • Buying new clothes.
    • Shopping for school supplies.
    • Seeing my friends again.
    • There's nothing good about back-to-school.

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    Pink_Cool_Girl
    Yes. They actually are. 
    reply about 2 hours
    rainbowpoptart
    "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote:Anyways, I know girls are into cleaning and dolls, and you have a very good point there. But your also missing it.  I feel like I addressed everything.. Which part of your point am I missing?   "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote:ANOTHER thing is the computer for boys and girls. One computer is $12.99. 50 functions. Blue and white. AKA for boys.    Girls: -White and pink -9 dollars -25 DAMN FUNCTIONS I suppose that does look a bit problematic. Are they the same brand?
    reply about 3 hours
    Pink_Cool_Girl
    Oh Rainbowpoptart. Where were you. Anyways, I know girls are into cleaning and dolls, and you have a very good point there. But your also missing it. ANOTHER thing is the computer for boys and girls. One computer is $12.99. 50 functions. Blue and white. AKA for boys. Girls:-White and pink-9 dollars-25 DAMN FUNCTIONSProve anything to you yet? 
    reply about 3 hours
    Pink_Cool_Girl
    "Powerslave" wrote:Generally boys are more into things that are more competitive, violent etc. and girls are generally into beauty, dolls and things of that nature. These toys reflect that idea.Yes, but new feminists are being born each day. See, I hate pink, beauty, and I cringe at the name "Shopping". I know others don't, but most do. Speaking of which, I was on ROBLOX today when someone said "Girls are noobs".  I was extremely offended by this. I know this got off topic, but still. Girls shouldn't be influenced by toys and gender roles. 
    reply about 3 hours
    rainbowpoptart
    Companies create products targeted towards a specific audience.     Toys specifically targeted towards girls are pink and frilly or about professions mostly girls have aren't that way because it's sexist, they're that way because girls generally like the colour pink, pretending to cook (because cooking is really fun), and enjoy taking care of their stuffed animals or baby dolls as if they were actual living things. (These things also teach them skill sets that will be helpful to them in the future, such as how to raise a child if you have any and how to cook so you don't starve to death.)      Toys specifically targeted towards boys are blue or green and/or related to guns and cars and gross bugs/animals because that's what guys are generally into. (And I haven't heard of any science kits targeted specifically towards boys..? Every science kit advert I've seen has had both males and females in it, and I've seen a rather nice amount of them.) That's just the way we are. Nothing will change that. I don't think toys [and other things] should be specifically gendered. Anyone can do and play with anything. Just because it's targeted towards girls or because girls generally have this job more than boys do, doesn't mean a boy can't play with that toy or have that job and vice versa. A product being for this one gender shouldn't stop people of the other gender from buying it. This probably wasn't as coherent as I'd like for it to be, but today's science lesson completely fried my brain, and I don't think I can properly do anything except breathe for the next few hours.
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