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I've just read the intro and first chapter. Already I have highlighted about 5 passages that exactly fit my 13 year old 7th grader. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tamiko Kemp
I enjoyed how the book seemed like it was part novel, part documentary. VERY insightful to students in middle school.Published 22 months ago by Catherine Burris
I read other reviews here and am struck somewhat by their petty criticisms. Some complain that the book was based on the author's observations in an upper middle-class setting. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Brian A. Foster
My daughter just finished middle school. I recognized so much of her behavior and our drama in these pages. It would have been nice to know we are actually normal. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Denice Williams
As a middle school teacher, I picked up this book to learn a little more about the "secret lives" of the average middle schooler. Read morePublished on October 14, 2011 by LewisHenry
This book is not beneficial to any teacher who teaches school in the USA. This book just makes middle schools who are not raised as Jewish appear as if they struggle, meanwhile... Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by pnutbutternation
Probably the highlight of Perlstein's work is her ability to depict middle school students on their own terms-- this could not have been an easy feat for her or for the students... Read morePublished on July 3, 2010 by Amy
I was excited to pick up this book and get to reading. Shortly into it, I found I had trouble keeping track of who was who and was frustrated by the structure of the book. Read morePublished on March 5, 2010 by J. Merlavage