You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

Thanks to #kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly. Charlotte is pulled out of Science class on Monday when her Dad is taken to the hospital. Charlotte is scared but being in middle school is complicated. Charlotte doesn’t fit in with other girls at school and her only friend is Bridget. Then Bridget begins to pull away and one day while spying Charlotte learns Bridget doesn’t want to be her friend. Meanwhile, Ben comes home from school on Monday to find his parents whispering in the kitchen and they tell him they are getting a divorce. Ben is angry but he doesn’t have anyone to tell. He plunges into running for treasurer of the 6th grade but becomes the target of kids who are bullying him. Charlotte and Ben have been texting and talking on the phone but both pretend to be someone they aren’t until Friday. On Friday both of their worlds get shook and they both realize sometimes friends are there you just have to learn to look for them. I didn’t feel the ending of this book was final. It kind of just leaves you hanging wondering what happened. I also feel the parents in this book were just sort of absent. But over all a great middle school read. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 but high schoolers could learn a lesson or two in this book as well. Review also posted on Instagram @jasonnstacie, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Go Read, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

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