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You Go First

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Sweet, hopeful tale of friendship, family, and perseverance.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Internal lives of tweens

I wouldn’t recommend this to teachers as a read aloud. It is not attention grabbing. I read the book every now and then and I kept forgetting Ben’s storyline. For anyone who’s going/gone through bullying in the middle school years, it does ring true. Touches on losing early childhood friends and being ostracized. Also dealing with divorce and family illness. Both protagonists are probably gifted. The eleven year old talks like a professor. A very good novel to read when you don’t feel you fit in at school.

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This is a sweet and hopeful tale of friendship, family, and perseverance. Author Erin Entrada Kelly creates relatable characters whose unique, memorable connection and heartfelt conversations perfectly capture the awkward, at times humiliating, aspects of middle school. Packed with tons of advice and an important life lesson from Robert Frost, You Go First shows kids that everything will be OK. Readers will root for Charlotte and Ben as they learn to step outside their comfort zone and understand that it only takes one person to make you feel like you belong.

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