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This Is Me from Now On

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Honest book about friendships and finding yourself.

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This is an author who certainly remembers what junior high felt like. Readers will understand Evie's desire to break free of her lifelong friendship with Nisha and Lily -- she loves them but feels trapped by the rules of their relationship and wants to be free to explore her identity. They'll also understand why she's drawn to Francesca, even though her free-spirited neighbor often bugs her ("How could you stay even a tiny bit mad at someone who gets who you really are? Or who you would be if you weren't afraid?").

Another great thing: In the end, no character is ultimately painted as good or bad. Evie is able to work things out with both her old friends -- and get through her problems with Francesca. And along the way, she even learns to start being her own person. This isn't a book with an outrageous plot or any big tragedies, but it's very grounded in reality and imparts gentle lessons about how both friendships -- and your own identity -- can always evolve.

Book Details

  • Author: Barbara Dee
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: April 27, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 13
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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