Imagine if all your personal thoughts about crushes, fears, enemies, and even kissing practice ended up on the Internet for everyone to read. That's what happens to Erin Swift when her super-secret blog and all of her musings on navigating the treacherous waters of seventh gradeincluding her feelings about herself, her best friend Jillian, her crushes, and growing upare accidentally uploaded for the whole school to see!
Written with warm, knowing humor, this story perfectly captures seventh grade life.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Denise Vega wrote her first children's book when she was twelve years old. Her short stories have been published in a number of children's magazines including Spider, Highlights and Pockets. She is also the author of Access Denied (and other eighth grade error messages) and Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? Visit Denise online at www.denisevega.com.
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Click Here to Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade
By Denise Vega
Little Brown For Young ReadersCopyright © 2005 Denise Vega
All right reserved.
Chapter OneAlphabet Day
Or should I say E-Day, as in Envelope Day. July and I stood on her front porch, fighting for the small amount of shade from the maple planted several feet from the house. The air was still and hot, and we fanned ourselves in quick bursts with the identical envelopes we clutched in our hands. In these envelopes were our futures. Molly Brown Middle School divided each seventh- and eighth-grade class into three "tracks" of about 150 kids. So rather than feeling like a small fish in a 450-student pond, we'd feel like a small fish in a 150-student pond, going to all our classes with a mix of these 150 kids.
We were about to find out if we'd be swimming in the same pond.
"Ready?" Jilly asked.
My heart bounced up and down in my chest. "I'm nervous," I said. "What if we're not on the same track?"
"Don't jinx it, Erin." Jilly stuck her finger in one corner of her envelope, ready to rip.
"One, two, three!"
We tore open the envelopes. "C," Jilly said at the same time that I said, "A."
"Ahhhhh," I wailed. "I jinxed it."
"This is terrible," July said, jumping off the porch and sinking into the grass. "Are you sure you read yours right?"
A and C don't exactly look the same, but Iheld my letter out to her anyway.
"A," she muttered. "This is the worst."
I flopped down next to her. It was worse than the worst. It was a disaster. We'd only been separated once in elementary school. We'd always been in class together. Always.
"I can't walk to classes by myself," July said.
"Oh, God," Jilly said, sitting up. "I can't go into the cafeteria by myself."
The cafeteria, aka the Humiliation Station. I hadn't even thought about that. All those eyes turning to stare as I walked in, seeing right away that I was BY MYSELF, which meant no one to whisper secrets to or laugh with as we looked for a table, which meant no way to look like I fit in, which meant LOSER.
I wrapped my arms around my knees, in spite of the heat. "What are we going to do?"
Jilly frowned. "I need to think about this." She stroked her legs, which were freshly shaved and unmarked. I admired that. I always had at least one cut and usually missed a whole area near my ankle so that I had a little clump of fur that I didn't notice until I was nowhere near a razor. But she always got every spot so her legs were smooth and unblemished.
Jilly slapped the grass on either side of her and jumped to her feet. "Let's go shopping."
"How can you think of shopping at a time like this?"
"It's just the thing to take our minds off of it," Jilly said. "The ideas will come if we're not thinking about it."
I hated to shop. Especially for clothes, which Jilly loved to do. Comfort before style. That was my motto. But I had to admit I wanted to look good for seventh grade. I was practically a teenager and almost-teens needed to have style and flare, even if they had feet the size of a small whaling ship. And Jilly was the queen of style and flare. If it wasn't for her, I'd look like a moron.
"I've got just the thing for you," Jilly said, as if reading my mind. "It'll knock the socks off the MBMS boys."
"I don't want to knock their socks off," I said. "What if their feet stink?"
Jilly laughed. "Well, then, let's knock their hats off. Boys always wear hats."
We both giggled. But then I felt a little twinge in my belly. Did I really want to knock socks, hats, or any other clothing off a boy's body? That would make them notice me, which would immediately reveal my boy/girl loser status.
"So, shopping?" Jilly's face lit up, as if she was asking me to go to Web Design World (the ultimate web design conference) or a WNBA game, not just the boring mall.
"Sure," I said reluctantly.
"I saw these really cute jeans at PacSun," Jilly said.
"All they have are low-waist jeans," I said. "We're not allowed to show our belly button at Molly Brown."
"That's what shirts are for, Erin," July said. "I put jeans and a cool T-shirt on hold for you."
I made a face.
"What?" Jilly asked. "It's jeans and a T-shirt. That's what you like to wear, right?"
I nodded. But not those kind of jeans. I liked regular jeans, not the ones that sat low on my nonexistent hips. And why did she have to put them on hold as if it were a done deal?
"So, what's the problem?"
"Well, I'd kind of like to try them on first."
Jilly laughed. "Duh. I just put them on hold so they'd be there if we wanted them."
Of course. It wasn't like I had to get the outfit if I didn't want it. "Thanks."
* * *
After we'd bought the PacSun outfit, Jilly grabbed my arm and squeezed. "You're going to look so cute in that."
I had to admit I liked what I'd seen in the dressing-room mirror. My hips were still nonexistent, but the jeans weren't too low and they made it seem like there was a little curve there. Last time July had me try on some that, if I bent too far over, made my butt crack show. I'd prefer not to share my crack with the rest of the world, thank you very much.
"If you wore bikini underwear, that wouldn't be a problem," she had told me.
"Bikini underwear feels like it's going to fall off," I said. And a thong was like purposely giving yourself a wedgie all day long. Why would you do that? I couldn't believe some girls wore them. Personally, I liked my underwear to have some substance. Especially because I played sports and didn't want to worry about butt cracks or wedgies during a layup.
"I'll be over to pick out your clothes on Sunday," Jilly said as we left the store.
I gave her the thumbs-up. She came over every Sunday, picked my outfits for the week, and made a list for me. It was great because I always looked good, even though sometimes I felt like an idiot for not being able to do it myself.
As we headed down the mall, Jilly stopped. "Oh, my God! Duh." She turned to me. "You'll switch tracks. I can't believe I didn't think of it before." She snapped her fingers the way she always does when she gets an idea. "Have your mom call the school in the morning and get you on C Track."
"Okay," I said. I kind of wanted to be on A Track because it was closer to the computer lab, a point I'd noticed when we visited the school last year. But that was okay.
"Good," Jilly said. She sighed as we headed to the main entrance where we were meeting her mother. "I can't imagine going through seventh grade without you."
I smiled. "Me neither."
* * *
ETM (Evil Torture Mom) refused to call the school. "They don't allow switching unless there are special circumstances," she said. "The policy hasn't changed since Chris went there."
"This is special," I protested. "It's beyond special. It's catastrophic."
"It's all about balance," Mom said. "They carefully select the students for each track based on several factors."
"One switch is not going to change the balance, Mom." My insides sank all the way down to my heels, settling in somewhere around my calluses.
My mom shook her head, and I called in a report to Jilly.
"What if you find someone who would switch to A?" she said. Brilliant.
I headed for the desk in the kitchen, opening the drawer where we kept the school directory. I knew which kids from Jordan Elementary were going to MBMS. I explained the plan to my mom, who was chopping potatoes at the counter.
"Erin." Mom stopped chopping and looked at me. I didn't meet her eyes.
"After I find someone, you can call the school." Confidence surged through me with this new plan. "I don't know if I can promise I'll find a girl with big feet who likes basketball and computers, but I'll try."
I could feel Mom smile and knew her eyes were full of compassion. "Erin."
"Would you stop saying my name?" I held my finger in mid-dial and looked at her. "Even if I find someone, you're not going to call for a switch, are you?"
My mom sighed. "Even if I thought they'd go for it, I don't think I would. This is an opportunity for you to spread your wings, Erin."
I gripped the phone. "I don't have any wings, Mom."
"You don't have any other friends, either," Chris said. He had shuffled in just then, treading his usual path to the refrigerator.
"Shut up." I dropped the phone back in its cradle.
"Honey," my mom said, coming to stand beside me.
"You're so mean!" I said. "You could call right now and keep Jilly and me together, but you won't do it. I hate you!" I ran out of the room and up the stairs. Slamming the door behind me, I flung myself on the bed, burying my face in my arms.
A few minutes later there was a knock at my door.
"Erin?" Mom spoke softly, as if I might be sleeping. "Erin, can I come in?"
"No!" I shouted, even though I realized in that instant that I did want her to. I waited. If she asked again, I'd say yes.
After what seemed like hours but was probably just a few seconds, Mom spoke. "If you want to talk, I'll be in my office."
I snorted. I wasn't going to go to her. Besides, what was there to talk about? She had deliberately decided to ruin my life and there was nothing I could do about it.
"We'll figure something out," Jilly said when she called that night to find out what had happened. "We're best friends. They can't keep us apart."
"Right," I said. But inside I had a feeling they could.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was an amazing but quick read. Everything ties together nicely especially if you are in 7th grade and can know how the main characters feel. I highly recommend this book to any one above the age of 11 since it can be inapproipriate in such parts. Don't forget theres a sequel called Access Denied!!!!!
This book is soo good. Its a book about good advice and how to handle GIRLS in Middle School
Click Here is an awesome book. I love the stories written in first person about Middle School and how they 'survived' it. This book is about a sporty girl named Erin who has a crush on 'Cute Boy' aka Mark. She has her own private web page/blog that she thinks nobody will see but her, and she writes everything she feels in there like secret kissing practice on her pillow and about how much she likes Mark and wants to date him. But everything changes when Mark starts to like Erin's best friend, Jilly. She writes in her blog like crazy, and one day everything changes. The whole school sees her so-called private blog! When I read this book, I was amazed at how well Erin solved her problem. I would have never been so brave as to do any of that! I'm pretty sure that any girl in 6th through 8th grade would find this book awesome!!!
A really good book very intereting and very funny great for 5th graders to 8th graders i say
I am in seventh grade right now. I read this this past summer and really enjoyed it. I bought it in third grade and had never gotten a chance to read it but when i did i couldnt stop! I was even reading on the fourth of july!!! Other page turners i have read that i would recomend are... Access denied Thirteen reasons why Both awesome books Ps thirteen reasons why was my all time fav book ever you should toats check it out!!!!!!!!!
This book was great but the only bad thing is that when she used I and one the same thing like this. Example: I have a dog . I thing I could say is that it was confussing
This book is amazing! I have a few FAVORITE books, but this is definately high on the list! :) I recommend this to just about anyone for a fun read. It's funny, absorbing, and romantic. Great book!
Click Here is a book all teens should read! It tells about a girl's basic teen issues and how she strives to survive her new middle school. It's a big reccomemder, so u have to read it!
All I can say is AWESOME! My friend and I picked this book up at the same time and literly raced to finish...this is worth every penny! A great companion to have!
i guess this book was ok...I didnt rally like it cause the main character complains WAYYYY to much about jrhigh and other stuff that arnt that big of a deal and she wants a boy friend and kisses her pillows fur practice?! Okward to me. The main character i couldnt really relate to so this book is ok.
It was good and everything but it was so lame!
This book is really good and can connect to most people in middle school. I recommend this book for anyone is middle school. The author made it realistic enough that i pictured it happening in my head and i felt as if it was happening to me. So, i really enjoyed this book!
Review by: llama This was such a good book! It was so well written, and the main character was so believable! A must read! Review by: Tanya This was an extra ordinary book that any teen must read. It's soo believable! Review by: Kelly This was a awesome book you find out a bunch of stuff where there is DRAMA in your school. You should read it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Review by: Kaelin This book made me pee my pants and cry. Absolutley what my best friend went through wehn we first started middle school. It's a great book because you could actually feel what the author was saying. Review by: yellow duck This was such an amazing book. This book is about real situations in school or in your life. So if you don't know what to do about them, this book will make you feel alot better. Denise Vega did a very good job writing about a teen's problems in life (misunderstandings with your friends, teasing at school, and following your dreams). So if you are in a sticky situation, read this amazing book!!! Review by: happyperson this book was funny. loved the format.
Erin Swift isn¿t exactly an `early bloomer¿. In fact, she¿s quite the opposite. Still in the process of becoming shapely, she starts the seventh grade. Then she learns that her best friend isn¿t on the same track (Class A) as her. Talk about hyperventilation! How could Erin survive the halls of middle school without her fabulously dressed, head-turning leader at her side? Erin creates her own personal website where she can write about her feelings and events that she has been going through. When her website accidentally is shared on the school¿s Intranet*, Erin has to keep her head held high so that she can find the strength to survive middle school.Written with enthusiasm and creativity, Click Here is superb! Author Denise Vega did the most wonderful job of sharing the thoughts of the regular seventh grade girl. It was filled with humor and genuine characters that put a smile on my face. Everything made so much sense that it blew my mind. I am very fond of the excellent writing though at some points, it didn¿t seem like a 12-year-old wrote it. This book expresses friendship the way most girls see it. If you¿re either ten or twenty, you will be about to relate.Contains: some crude humorI am very glad that this book is so clean! Thank you for that, Mrs. Vega. : )*definition: a computer network with restricted access
I thought that this book was good. I liked it a lot because of the middle school humor and I personally like realistic fiction. What hooked me onto the book was how Erin had that personal website. That is definitely original for a book. I thought that the book had plenty of real-life situations. It wasn't like a book where the main character gets everything she/he wants. Erin definitely didn't get everything she wanted... at all. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.
Imagine your private thoughts being published for everyone in the school to see! Pages from Erin's personal web site are included in this story about a seventh grader as she tries to find her place in middle school.
I tried reading this book once, and I ended up abandoning it because I couldnt get into it. Then a year or so later I tried again, I still didnt love it though. The story and ending is satisfieing, and I though the quirky main charactor was fun and easy to relate to. I dont know, it didnt love it. Mabey it was a little boring... I dont know. Either way, it certainally wasnt bad and I think 6th and 7th graders will enjoy it.
REALLY GOOD!!!!!You would never suspect the amazing twists and turns in this book.
Ah, seventh grade. Best known as the period during which beautiful, smart, confident children suddenly become awkward, self-conscious not-children-but-not-adults. Life suddenly produces all sorts of new pressures and expectations from parents, teachers, and friends. Kids quickly learn the meaning of unrequited love, and bullying takes on a whole new level. Seventh grade’s reputation is so bad I’ve actually met two different pro-school people who’ve made an exception for junior high or middle school, saying that it should be outlawed and homeschooling made mandatory for kids during those pubescent years. Yes, they were serious. When things are tough, the clear solution is to find someone who has it worse. Kids at this stage in life often take comfort in reading about characters with which they can empathize but also laugh with – laugh at? – when embarrassing situations occur. That’s why Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) has been such a roaring success. Along the same vein is Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade): A Novel (Little, Brown, & Co., 2005/2006) by Denise Vega. The heroine Erin Swift isn’t pretty, isn’t popular, and isn’t really brainy either. She’s having a tough time navigating through seventh grade, which is filled with new experience after new experience and disappointment after disappointment. But she finds solace in her computer club activities and electronic diary keeping. Then comes the unexpected twist, and a slight nod to Louise Fitzhugh’s classic Harriet the Spy (1964). Erin has to learn how to survive on a whole new level and learns some valuable lessons in the process. Click Here was a quick, entertaining read. The characters were memorable. I also felt that there were a lot of positive lessons for kids: Don’t prejudge other kids. The person you’re avoiding now might turn out to be a terrific friend. You might not be good at everything, but you can find something that you enjoy that you are good at. It’s okay if your crush doesn’t work out. Just learn to move on. The downside was that I never felt like someone my niece or nephew’s age was relating what happened at school last year. It was more like I was listening to someone much older reminiscing about her junior high experiences. I felt as though the author wasn’t making an effort to research about what kids today like, but instead chose to impose her own dated likes on her main character. A real seventh grader (or at least one uninterested in history) would have said that the history classroom was covered with posters of “a bunch of dead people.” rather than listing them by name, unless it really mattered to the plot. (And then it would’ve been better to just add that to the teacher’s dialogue.) When it came to costume issues, the original Karate Kid (1984) would’ve made a better “old movie” reference than To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). And Erin’s friendship with the school janitor might have seemed quaint decades ago, but it just came off as creepy in a more contemporary setting. So if asked if I’d recommend Click Here, I can only offer a shrug. How the book’s strengths and weaknesses balance out would depend on the reader. Both parents and kids could find something to like about it, and maybe it would spark some healthy intergenerational discussion about the frustrations seventh graders are facing and have faced.
A good book was funny
Wow. COULD NOT PUT DOWN