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The Secret Language of Girls Hardcover – May 1, 2004
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B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY
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This book is about 2 girls, Kate and Marilyn, who have been best friends since pre-school and get split up in 6th grade by Flannery. Flannery, a 7th grader, is new to school and the girl's neighborhood. Marilyn and Flannery become friends and leave Kate out. This story is a journey of two friends that get separated and try to learn the true meaning of friendship. We think the true hero of this book was Petey, Marilyn's little brother. Most of us liked Kate or Paisley the best but we liked that Flannery knew what she wanted and was strong and we liked that Marilyn tried to be friends with everyone. We think a better title to this book might be "The Bond Between Two Friends" or "The 6th Grade War". We think this book is at a 6th grade reading level. We think that if you read at a 3rd - 5th grade level you will need your Mom or Dad to help you read it plus it is pretty long. The chapter, Kiss, was kinda gross. Some 8 to 9 year olds might think this chapter about kissing is gross and your Mom might think it is inappropriate for you. You could actually skip this chapter and not miss much of the book. The rest of the book was pretty good. If you are old enough then you might like this chapter but 3rd graders DID NOT. We read this in our Book Club and some girls really liked it, others were not allowed to read it at all - their Moms didn't think it was appropriate and others just covered their ears for some parts they thought were gross. Overall those of us that read the book thought it was good, interesting and emotional. (...)
Flannery is the new girl on their street and she's "the queen of eyeball rolling". She tries to become both of the girl's friends but she only wants to be Marylin's friend. Flannery was a sophisticated seventh grader that wooed Marylin to try to be more like her. By trying to be more like Flannery and more sophisticated, Marylin started to ignore Kate without really realizing it. Kate tried talking to Marylin but Flannery always had to butt in and cut Kate off. As the days had gone by, Kate and Marylin started losing their friendship in the midst of all the commotion that had just begun.
Kate wasn't too in to romance but, she had a slight interest in a fellow basketball teammate of hers. While Kate started to like that boy, Marylin had started hanging out with the more popular girls. Marylin had also tried out for the cheerleading squad and made it. She was turning into what Flannery wanted her to be. They both secretly wished they could talk to each other about everything but they knew they couldn't. Marylin also started ignoring Flannery a little so Flannery tried talking to Kate on the bus. Kate didn't want to get caught up in all of Flannery's sophisticated, seventh grade stuff so she's tried not to say much back to her.
After a few events occur, Kate all of a sudden becomes the star of the school and everyone starts liking her.Read more ›
Honestly, the book isn't perfect: it's poorly organized and doesn't have a very strong plot line. The family issues both girls experience are just touched upon and the book could have been roudned out by incorporating these issues more in the story. However, this is the best book I've read about girls and the social pressures and changes experienced in junior high. It gives the reader a good look at both independant Kate's and cheerleader Marilyn's sides of the experience and throws in just enough light romance to make you sigh. I'd happpily hand this to any 4th, 5th or 6th grade girl.
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This book is so addicting even though the first part is kinda boring JUST KEEP READING!!! I think everyone can relate to this story. love itPublished 16 months ago by Harley
The book ‘The Secret Language Of Girls’ is an amazing book. I believe anyone from 4th-7th grade would be able to relate to it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Candice Slater
I read the sequel first my 5th grade year because , I never had a chance to read the first book. Now I bought the sequel and before I read that I want to read the beginning. Read morePublished 17 months ago by DMya
I read this book last year and it was the best book i had read that year. I love this book. I recommend this book to pre-teens!!!Published 18 months ago by kaci dillon
Great book, my ten year old daughter really enjoyed it and could relate to some of the characters and situations in the book.Published 19 months ago by R. Sullivan
It just helped me with my own problems! Same exact grade and problem. I guess I'm Marilyn. Awesome book! Read it!Published 21 months ago by a
This book was so good! Definitely a must read for any tween girls. Each chapter tells a story and has an important message.Published 22 months ago by tcl