This book was extremely bias and unbelievable.
I highly recommend for middle school students, teachers, and parents to read this book together as a way of discussing difficulties and rewards with this age group.
I recommend this to my teachers as it provides a unique, humorous and sometimes touching insight into the 'tweenagers' we encounter.
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 5 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 8 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 9 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 14 months ago 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 Lewis
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
I'm really enjoying this book because I teach 7th and 8th grade students. It's helpful to know how kids are thinking and how their parents think too.Published on June 24, 2009 by t smith