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It’s Girls Like You, Mickey


Series
I'm Ok

by
Patti Kim

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum
ISBN
9781534443457
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Language: Mild Language , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Social Issue: Body or Weight Shaming , Language: Infrequent Use
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For the first time in her confident, bold life, Mickey McDonald is nervous about starting school. Her best friend, Ok, has moved away; her father has probably left town for good; and she can’t afford to go back-to-school shopping. But she’s going to make the most of things because that’s the kind of person Mickey is. Nothing’s going to stand in her way or get her down.

Still, the first few days of school are rough, until she becomes friends with Sun Joo, who has just moved to town. Their connection is instant and strong. But things get complicated when Sydney, the popular (and mean) girl in Mickey’s class, also takes a shine to Sun Joo. Suddenly Mickey is facing her first ever friend breakup, and it’s getting harder and harder to keep her chin up. Luckily, Mickey’s made of tough stuff.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Social Issue: Body or Weight Shaming , Language: Infrequent Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.1: points 7

Lexile

660L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2020

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Friendship. Popularity. Middle schools. Korean Americans. Poverty. Single-parent families. Self-esteem.


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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

The usually confident Mickey McDonald is on shaky ground as she navigates a new year of school without her best friend, Ok. As if her problems weren’t bad enough, her mom is having a hard time making ends meet which means no new back-to-school clothes, and it looks like her dad is out of the picture for good. Mickey’s one ray of light is her new friend, Sun Joo Moon, who is new to the school and to the United States. Mickey feels it is her duty to protect Sun Joo and show her the ropes, even if it means pushing and pulling Sun Joo places where she might not want to go. Over the school year, Mickey struggles with everything from her first period to friendship breakups. She has a huge heart and cares a lot for the people around her. Her character growth is admirable, and she eventually learns what is most important. That being said, much of Mickey’s behavior as she evolves may be hard for readers to connect with. Throughout the book, she ruminates extensively on random topics in passages that can come across clunky and hard to comprehend. The voice feels inconsistent; at one point, Mickey seems eloquent and well-rounded and in the next breath, she’s making another ill-advised decision. It may make for a confusing reading experience. Though Mickey is an entertaining character, the inconsistent voice and stream-of-consciousness passages may lose young readers’ engagement.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

The usually confident Mickey McDonald is on shaky ground as she navigates a new year of school without her best friend, Ok. As if her problems weren’t bad enough, her mom is having a hard time making ends meet which means no new back-to-school clothes, and it looks like her dad is out of the picture for good. Mickey’s one ray of light is her new friend, Sun Joo Moon, who is new to the school and to the United States. Mickey feels it is her duty to protect Sun Joo and show her the ropes, even if it means pushing and pulling Sun Joo places where she might not want to go. Over the school year, Mickey struggles with everything from her first period to friendship breakups. She has a huge heart and cares a lot for the people around her. Her character growth is admirable, and she eventually learns what is most important. That being said, much of Mickey’s behavior as she evolves may be hard for readers to connect with. Throughout the book, she ruminates extensively on random topics in passages that can come across clunky and hard to comprehend. The voice feels inconsistent; at one point, Mickey seems eloquent and well-rounded and in the next breath, she’s making another ill-advised decision. It may make for a confusing reading experience. Though Mickey is an entertaining character, the inconsistent voice and stream-of-consciousness passages may lose young readers’ engagement.

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