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Protecting Holly lTBH is a uick read that will definitely resonate with a younger middle school crowd This book was good Most of the book was written in text messages so I finished it uickly I think the 2 girls were being very mean to Nicole when there was no need to be The book just did not feel real to me Like it could happen in a realife situation Obviously cyber bullying is real but to me everything happened to fast First off the text speak is so cringy and unrealistic no one talks Unexpected Bride (The Wedding Party, like that especially 12 year old girlsSecondly the book is completely made up of texts emails notes flyers andetters This means there is no introduction to the Introducing Archaeology, Second Edition large cast of characters and you re just reading random group chats from the get go And the messages are often just random and have nothing to add to the plot Third all the characters are awful and annoying They all talk about there friends behind their back and set each other up but are still best friends The only half way decent character is Cece and that s not a very high standard she simply has a bit of a conscience Side note Gabby s mom reading her diary instead of just talking to her also makes me so mad She had no right to invade her privacy in that wayet alone message her daughter s friends mothers about who Gabby has a crush on It s one thing to invade her privacy but then she shared it with other people How ridiculous and the mothers could have shared the information with their daughters and embarrassed Gabby or the girls could have spread the information But Gabby never finds out and there is no fallout or repercussions what so everMost importantly the messages in this book are all wrong Cece Gabby and Prianka are best friends even though they talk about each other behind their backs tell The Best Man (Alpha Men, lies about each other etc uh huh okay Thereittle cliue is so toxic They hate the popular group of girls who don t seem that bad especially compared to them Then we get to the new girl Victoria who is annoying and constantly trying to be included with the trio They find her annoying and want nothing to do with her which is understandable because she is annoying and intrusive They should get to know her before just deciding she s weird and annoying but they don t have to No one owes it to anyone else to give them a chance Poetry Man like them or be friends with them They are only obligated to be polite to her and they do besides one accidental text meant for their private group chat were one girl calls her annoying But guess what She WAS being annoying Victoria is pathetic and annoying and tries to get her mom to make the other kids be friends with her You would also think Victoria would stop trying to be friends with people who obviously don tike her and move on if not that s her fault and it s pathetic These 3 girls were not the only people in the whole gradeschool Stop texting them weird emojis and talk to other people at school She got all their numbers off some class ist why not find some other numbersWhat was even annoying was Victoria s mom who before the mean text was even sent got mad and started an outcry because her daughter was experiencing social cruelty I m sorry but no one IS OBLIGATED TO BE YOUR CHILD obligated to be your child friend or include her in friend groups or make plans with her or invite her to a birthday party when she l never spoken to or had classes with the boy They are never intentionally mean they just ignore her messages or don t make plans when #she wants to That is not bullying and if Victoria doesn t ike that they don t want anything to do # wants to That is not bullying and if Victoria doesn t ike that they don t want anything to do her stop trying to be friends with them Having your mom try to get them in trouble For Being Socially Cruel To being socially cruel to is not they way to make them Dead Taboo like you or want to be your friend And having their parents force them to hang out with you is not the way to do it Soet me see if I understand the Aesop of this book1 Kids are obligated to include EVERYBODY in what they do including kids they don t know very well or don t especially Mischief 24/7 (Sunshine Girls, like If they don t if they have a set group of friends that they re attached to and aren t interested in adding anyone else to the dynamic they are bullies by excluding the extra person 2 It s not enough to be polite to the new kid if you don t invite her to hang out with you or make a point of trying to befriend her you re a bully by excluding her3 TeachersSchool Administrators suddenly have the right to cancel school functions because of the private conversations of a small handful of students on their phones off school hours and everyone except for the students will find this acceptable4 You can annoy people and force your presence on them and still be expected to be included in their group If they don t you re being bulliedAlright so I m going to go ahead and say a really harsh truth that aot of people in the anti bullying sectors of society really don t The Subtle Beauty likeview spoilerNobody is obligated to be friends with your kidI m sorry but they re notThey are obligated to be civil to your kid They are obligated not to deliberately maliciously exclude your child from certain thingsike cafeteria tables bus seats certain desks in the classroom basically anything that should be publicly available to anyone You can t sit with us because you re a oser or perhaps setting your bag on an available seat in the cafeteria and then saying No seats sorry is not the same as I m not including you in a group text with my friends A group text with your friends is a private conversation between a small group of people and you are not obligated to include anyone else in that That being said it was rude of the girls to have that side conversation with one another while Victoria was in a chat with them and they should not have done itThis book gave the very very uncomfortable impression that Prianka Cecily and Gabby were obligated to include Victoria in their group because she was new and that by failing to do so they were being bullies There was the impl. To be honest middle school is rough Cecily Gabby and Prianka have been BFFAE since pre K so it’s totally natural when they don’t include the new girl Victoria in their plans and group textsBetween organizing the TBH This Is So AwkwardHere will be no school dance so the girls have to band together to make sure that the dance is a reality This is told entirely through text with a LOT Of emojis Strengths Today s readers will be very familiar with this format and trying to read a story about people they don t know might be an interesting exercise in determining how much is NOT conveyed through text messages It is kind of amazing hoe much of the characters personalities is conveyed in very few words and I enjoyed this than I thought I would Weaknesses The use of e mail by the students already seemed dated and since I have a dumb phone this was VERY difficult for me to read I really enjoyed the characters and the storyline so I wish this had been a traditional story so it could have been fleshed out I hope this doesn t become a series One is uite enough What I really think If I buy this it will be because I ove this author and because I think this book will be a historic artifact very soon kind of When Da Silva Breaks the Rules (Blood Brothers, like the books I have about computer dating or VCRs that enable children to travel through time I get it I an not the target audience for this book I am not a middle schooler and this book was not written for me That being said I believe books should be able to be enjoyed for all age groups regardless of target age For example Iove reading Wonder even though that book is about fifth graders It was written wonderfully and the moral it had to tell resonated with all ages This book did not I m relatively close to the ages of the characters in the book and wee doggy that was terrible The first major gripe I had with the book was the prose I get it this is written The Billionaires Runaway Bride like texts BUT NO ONE TEXTS LIKE THAT As a sixth grader I NEVER sent a textike Fifty Ways To Be Your Lover luv u 2 ttyl xoxo I know there are stereotypes of the young uns populating this planet but they re STEREOTYPES not truths No one texts this way It wasike reading that VeggieTales song where the Caught on Camera with the CEO little carrot girl is texting her friend but they re in the same room painful to read Second gripe social cruelty Yeah please just call it bullying That s what it is Is there some new politically correct way of saying the kids bullied each other Apparently and it turns out to be The kids were treating each other with social cruelty Why though Why Why not just call it what it is and say bullying So I saw some other reviews saying stuffike so apparently it s a social reuirement that you make every effort to be nice to the new girl and the school shouldn t be allowed to cancel school functions because some kids texted each other some stuff to which I say no both of those statements are false 1 Did you read the book Prianka was making NO attempt to be nice to Victoria Cecily and Gabby were decent and being Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, like guys should we talk to her but Prianka is a bitch and itike ugh Victoria is the absolute worst she won t Arabian Nights leave us alone Yeah she won teave you alone because you won t talk to or acknowledge her See people are saying Victoria should just uit trying to talk to them if they ignore her but here s the thing they #Ignore Her For Absolutely No Reason I Believe Prianka Even # her for absolutely no reason I believe Prianka even something Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place like I don t know her so I don t want to talk to her Yeah that right there That s called being mean So you can t say Victoria is being annoying if our dear main characters are being basic bitches for no reason And them purposely excluding and ignoring her is you guessed it MEAN Obviously because of the format of the book we do not know if Victoria is trying to make other friends but based on her persistence we can assume that the rest of the grade is also ignoring her So why are people defending the main characters if they are excluding people who haven t been in theirittle blood oath since birth 2 The students attend the school Thus they are stewards of the school even outside of school hours The school has full jurisdiction over the Valentine Dance and have the right to cancel it if the need arises If students are bullying each other the school may exact whatever punishment they wish #because the dance is a privilege not a right But that being said there are some other issues #the dance is a privilege not a right But that being said there are some other issues the dance If you don t want the kiddos bringing dates why have a VALENTINE S Dance It s inevitable Okay I ve ranted enough But here s the thing this book is great for kids Give it to the children teach em a Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss lesson Don t give to older people with a higherevel of intelligence or they will pick it apart ike a vulture to a carcass This book was okay it will definitely be enjoyed by kiddos I was just super proud that I understood 95% OF THE TEST LINGO ON MY OWN THIS of the test ingo on my own This was a really uick read but it was still very good I Always You liked how the book was told completely told through text messages and was very relatable to some middle schoolers I would highly recommend it as I really enjoyed it and I can t wait to read the second book actual rating is 15 starsIove it when books include texts emails or notesletters so when I saw this book I was instantly intrigued However I now know that even though it may be fun to have these elements in a book it is almost debilitating to have it fully done in this format Usually in books you can see subtle things that the main characters miss Because the story was told completely in text email and notes it was hard to see what was actually going on the story could only be told by what the characters are telling each other This makes it very difficult to relate to characters or get a clear image of what is going on Another thing that really bothered me was how the school handled its policies First they do not allow phone use in class which is what most schools do But they give out everyone s phone numbers i work at the ibrary and saw that this was relatively popular among the kiddos i got distracted by the format of the story and checked it out only because of that for what it s worth it s a decent story that most middle school ages can relate Accidentally sent a hurtful text message the entire sixth grade gets called out for bullying cell phones are confiscated and the trio known as CPG4Eva is forced to figure out just how strong their friendships are IRL.

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Ication that they really should have been making an effort to be friends with Victoria despite the fact that Victoria effectively Lucy Carmichael latched onto them and began to be pretty annoying and intrusive in an attempt to be includedAndook I get it Victoria s Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti lonely She wants friendsBut you cannot force you cannot guilt kids into being friends with someone Again they are obligated to be polite and there are only a few instances I can see where the girls were being explicitly rude to Victoria Not acknowledging her at the dance committee which they should have since she was part of it to you don t have to be friends for that and talking in that side conversation whiched to Prianka accidentally insulting Victoria directly via textBut beyond that I didn t see bullies I saw girls who had their own special group of friends and weren t especially interested in adding Victoria into the mix it didn t come off as personal at all at first they just weren t interested in her And it turned personal after Victoria continually bugged them to pay attention to her I m not shocked that Prianka thought she was annoying because she was being annoying That doesn t excuse talking behind her back in the group chat but I do understand why Prianka feels that wayBetween the general narrative and the One-Click Buy letters from Victoria s mother to the other parents I got the very uncomfortable message from this book that kids should be forced to include kids in their personal groups again not thingsike parties or dance committees but personal friendships or else be Redeeming Claire labeled exclusionary bulliesAnd I m sorry but that s not how it worksKids form special bonds with each other and they SHOULD have the right to decide who they form those bonds with asong as they do it politely and without being cruel kids SHOULD have the right to say I want to hang out with this person and I DON T want to hang out with this one There s nothing personal about it necessarily maybe you don t share any common interests Maybe you have very OPPOSING interests The point is that kids should be free to make a choice about who they do and don t call a friend so Return to Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles long as they re not rude about itI mean what you want to force them to be friends with someone they don tike What happened to that sentiment of It s better to have a few REAL friends than a bunch of people who aren t really friends at all Or do we throw that out the window and deny a child their right to regulate who is in their personal group and who s not That was the message I got from this book When a new kid comes to you and routinely pesters you to be included in your close group of friends you should do it even if you don t actually Fractured Memory like her that much because if you say No thanks I m not interested in hanging out with you then you re a BULLY and we all have certain associations with the word bully And that s a really screwed up message to me especially since weive in a day and age when this is a realityThe short version is that some schools in the UK in this case are banning best friends because best friends are by nature exclusionary this includes things ike don t hand out birthday invitations unless everybody in the class is invited Except that there are experts saying that some degree of social exclusion gives kids a chance to develop their coping skills There s in the articleBeyond that the book was just I mean I m forced to draw the conclusions I just did because the only EVIDENCE I have is from the text conversations I have no evidence that the girls were being mean to Victoria in their day to day ives Victoria only mentions being ignored at the dance committee the accidental misfire text and the fact that the girls won t return her texts which AGAIN they are not obligated to do There s no evidence that the girls are being rude beyond that so I m having trouble figuring out why they re so awful and need to be punished for itAnd I mentioned this before but seriously Since when do school dances get canceled because a few kids were rude to each other over their phones If I recall correctly the whole reason people complain about schools and bullying via text is because the schools often CAN T do anything about it unless it happens on school property it falls under the heading of private business and the school can t really punish kids for things that happen off school groundsSo the fact that the dance was canceled astonishes me and makes me suspicious that the author needed to raise the stakes a bit because I don t think that s how this thing happens in real ife Also and IDK whether this was meant to be viewed as positive or negative I was immensely bothered by Gabby s mother peeking in her diary Phones are one thing the parents are paying the bills for those and even then I was uncomfortable at the implications I mean the kids just moved off of texting and had the conversations face "TO FACE SO CONGRATS YOU VE LEARNED NOTHING BUT "face so congrats you ve earned nothing But diary is a thoroughly private thing meant for ONE person and this mother chose to blatantly invade her child s privacy instead of just trying to talk to herOverall just not a very good book hide spoiler E ARC from Edelweiss PlusGabby Priyanka and Cecily have been friends for a ong time but settling into middle school is taking some time They aren t supposed to be texting during school hours but they manage to use the small moments they can find to keep each other updated by text or e mail on everything that is going on They all have their ISSUES GABBY S PARENTS ARE DIVORCED AND SHE MAY Gabby s parents are divorced and she may to move Priyanka has a crush on a boy and Cecily gets caught in them middle of new girl Victoria s attempt to break into her social circle by getting involved in the dance committee the girls are on Victoria is a bit pushy as is her mother who e mails the principal and the PTA when she feels her daughter is being ignored The principal decides that if students can t be kind to each other while using social media Chool Valentine’s Day dance prepping for their first boy girl party and trying to keep their texts so boring their moms won’t use spy apps to read them the friends only have time for each otherBut when Victoria is. ,

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