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Addie on the Inside

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Recommended for all Middle School Classrooms

I loved the way this was written in chunks in verse. This is one of those books every teacher needs to have on their shelves. The book is a great look at middle school life and how students bully each other without thinking they are bullying. It is a great look at ho...
I loved the way this was written in chunks in verse. This is one of those books every teacher needs to have on their shelves. The book is a great look at middle school life and how students bully each other without thinking they are bullying. It is a great look at how words hurt and how one student, Addie, copes with it. I loved Addie's character. She starts off sounding as if she has a shell built around her and doesn't care what others think about her. Slowly the layers are peeled away so that we can see her true heart. This should be mandatory reading for all students.

posted by skstiles612 on July 18, 2011

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Interesting Experiment

Told through poetry, Addie on the Inside is all about Addie Carle, a young woman on a mission to make the world a better place. She's having to deal with a lot of stuff- lack of development physically, overabundant development mentally, first boyfriend, fitting in socia...
Told through poetry, Addie on the Inside is all about Addie Carle, a young woman on a mission to make the world a better place. She's having to deal with a lot of stuff- lack of development physically, overabundant development mentally, first boyfriend, fitting in socially, and so many other things. By the end of the book, some things have drastically changed for Addie. However, nothing will ever change her sense of justice and desire to do some good for the world.


I love that authors are experimenting for young adults and writing in verse. It's a great way to show that self expression can be done in many different ways. That being said, I'm not sure this book was entirely successful. It was a bit difficult to get into the story. Of course, I have not read any of the other books with these characters that preceeded this one, so that may have been part of the problem. Sometimes I felt like Addie didn't read like a girl to me, and to be honest there were times I didnt' really like her at all. I understand her need to champion the causes she believed it, but at times she came across as rather pretentious.


Addie did seem to soften up some as the book went on, so I began to like her much better towards the end. I guess there were just too many hard edges on her at the beginning of the book. I think is a good book for teens who are activists looking for a kindred spirit. They will certainly find much to admire and possibly emulate. I appreciate the author's experimentation using verse to help get to know Addie better, and as things changed for Addie she because a character I had much more sympathy for her. There are probably a lot of people who will feel really moved by Addie's story, I just wasn't one of them.


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posted by l_manning on July 26, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Great!

    This book is a great book. Addie (the main charactor) is a brilliant young lady who is on the un-popular side. She's hiding in her own little corner for most of the book but in the end, opens up to the world, one step at a time. This book has a great way of showing how you can use poetry in an amazing way. A great book for teens and preteens but not for children. This book does have some bad words and boyfriend/girlfriend related content that younger kids don't need to read about.

    Overall, this book should be on everyone's bookshelves. A great book full of every type of emption/feeling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Recommend

    This book is written in verse, which if students haven't been introduced to may seem odd to them. However this is a great read for 7th grade and up. It is about the life of a 7th grade girl and the struggles young girls go through with boys, friends, bullies, ect.... I would certainly use this at the beginning of the year to discuss bullies and other life changing events for kids this age. What sometimes seems so dramatic in their world is usually not all that bad if they talk it out

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