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Go Nerd Girls!
posted by PunkinPatch on June 24, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 23, 2011
Posted July 7, 2011
When I first started reading this, I thought I was going to hate it. The beginning really turned me off. I'm glad I stuck with it however, as there were a lot of really good things about it. I'll start with what I didn't like first. The main character, Maureen, was not that sympathetic. I understand self-deprecation, but Maureen was a little too harsh on herself and everyone else she saw. Also, she didn't really read like a female character. It really did come across as a guy trying his best to get into the head of a tween girl, and it just didn't quite succeed for me.
I loved the general story though. Trying to get back at the mean girls is probably not the best motivation in the world, but it worked well in how it gave the Nerd Girls a chance to form true bonds of friendship. I liked that the ending wasn't completely resolved, but it still made me feel good about what happened. I think the idea of acceptance of people no matter their quirks is very important, and I think it was handled really well in this book.
Overall, I ended up enjoying the book a lot. That surprised me when I considered how I felt in the beginning. I think that girls will really enjoy the "girl power" in this book, and hopefully it can help them feel better about loving themselves as they are. So over all, I give this book the thumbs up.
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Posted June 15, 2011
"Mean Girls" for the middle grade set
Thirteen-year-old Maureen is a self-proclaimed dork. Her hair is brown, her eyes are brown and her body oddly shaped: in her words, she looks like a baked potato. One day Maureen learns that the ThreePees (the pretty, popular and perfect girls) plan to sit next to Allergy Alice at lunch and eat everything Alice is allergic to, hoping for a YouTube worthy explosion. It's then that Maureen decides enough is enough. She forms her own group called the Nerd Girls, and together Maureen, Alice and Beanpole Barbara take it upon themselves to take the ThreePee's down a notch or two. The problem is, the ThreePee's are vicious. The Nerd Girls have their work cut out for them if they think they are going to overthrow this regime.
In Nerd Girls, Mr. Sitomer gives us a younger version of Mean Girls. There are a lot of situational similarities between this book and that movie, but it didn't stop me from enjoying it. Maureen is a funny, self-deprecating narrator, and despite a few minor annoyances, I couldn't help but like her. The "ThreePee's" are vicious, caustic and annoying which is exactly the way I like my "mean girls". Overall, I liked the book for the most part, but it felt recycled, like I'd read it before. It wasn't as fresh as I think it could have been. Still, I think young girls will enjoy it, though it may appeal more to the younger end of the middle-grade spectrum.
(Review based on an Advance Reader's Copy courtesy of NetGalley)
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