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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.


Galley provided by publisher for review.

posted by l_manning on July 26, 2011

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

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    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 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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    I love this author and I love this book!

    I started the series as a book for my school's book club. Now that I've finished, I don't know what to do! I highly recommend this book for anybody looking for one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

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    I thought this was a really good book because, it was entertaining and, even though it was a poem, made sense. I liked it because it was sometimes funny, plus you can really feel the character when you read. It is really good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    how

    Whenever i tap on a book it never lets me read? Does anybody know how to make it stop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Awesom book

    I loved this book the last poem in the book was the best it was called i am who i say i am. my second fav is the omg chours

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