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Real Friends

Real Friends


Real Friends

ratings:
4.5/5 (121 ratings)
Length:
219 pages
20 minutes
Released:
May 2, 2017
ISBN:
9781250164162
Format:
Book

Description

“Fresh and funny.” —New York Times Book Review

Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends—and why it's worth the journey.

When best friends are not forever . . .

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen's #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.

Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? Can she stand up for herself? And is she in The Group—or out?

Parents Magazine Best Graphic Novel of 2017
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017
A 2017 Booklist Youth Editors' Choice
A
2018 YALSA Great Graphic Novel

Released:
May 2, 2017
ISBN:
9781250164162
Format:
Book

About the author

Shannon Hale is best-selling author of fifteen children's and young adult novels, including the popular Ever After High trilogy and the funny, action-packed series The Princess in Black, which are co-written by Dean Hale. Shannon and husband Dean live in Utah with their four children.


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  • (5/5)
    Adored this book. An autobio story near to my heartwounds. Excellent art, stellar story.
  • (5/5)
    Elementary school friendships are not the easiest for Shannon. Especially since her best friend is part of a “group” where some members are not so nice or just down right mean. As Shannon navigates the complicated dynamics of the group, she discovers what type of friend she wants to be and what makes a real friend. REAL FRIENDS is the graphic novel we have been all waiting for. I can see this book being passed around my fifth-grade classroom, just as popular as SMILE and SISTERS by Raina Telgemeier. By the end of the school year, REAL FRIENDS will look worn and well loved. I plan on purchasing multiple copies to keep up with the popularity I know this book will have in my class. I cannot wait for the release of this book. It is a must have for any classroom and school library.
  • (4/5)
    A graphic novel memoir of Hale’s experiences in grade school with cliques, bullies, sibling issues, and possibly OCD. A great book, and an important one, too. Would be fantastic as a class read, to bring up discussions on bullying and acceptance.
  • (5/5)
    Real FriendsWritten by: Shannon HaleIllustrated by: LeUyen PhamI received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.All i can say, on behalf of middle school parents everywhere, is "thank you" for writing this book! Ms. Hale is an amazing author and I really love all her books. I requested this graphic novel based solely on her name but was a little scared that it was a "comic book" and wouldn't have the same depth as her other novels. I was so pleasantly surprised. This is a very personal book and is based on the author's own memories. As I mentioned above, I love Ms. Hale's books. She really understands young people and has a depth of understanding about their emotions and motivations. This book goes a long way in explaining her own journey and how she became so attuned to other people and their feelings.Plot:Shannon is a young girl struggling to find her place in the world. Middle school life exists in a very isolated, small community of people. Adults have the whole world around them but young people are vulnerable to the whims of their extremely hierarchical and segregated society. This is also a time of their life when friendship and fitting in is important. For young people who are a little different or who don't want to follow the leader, fitting in is a constant struggle if not impossible. This book has multiple messages that I love: be yourself and you will find people who like you for you; everyone struggles to find their place in the universe, even the most popular (the popularity game is exhausting); you don't have to be mean and exclusive to be popular, you can be nice popular and make everyone feel welcome; don't be so involved with your own life that you ignore the struggles of others. I know, a lot of good information stuffed into this small book.Illustrations:The illustrations in this book are wonderful! Of course, this is a graphic novel and so the pictures are important for moving the story along. I especially loved seeing the characters develop over time and the emotions she captures on their faces and body posture. The fantasy sequences were also so vibrant. For instance, big sister turns into a humongous and ferocious bear. The pictures of these events just make me more immersed and invested in this story.Conclusion: I know a young person who is living through a very similar scenario. She feels so alone and isolated. I hope that this book can give her hope for future happiness and to know that life will get better. It is not easy being a young teen.
  • (4/5)
    Based on the author's experiences growing up, this graphic novel tells the story of a girl who doesn't quite seem to fit in once she gets nearer the end of elementary school. "The group" of girls who are supposedly her friends don't always act as though they really are her friends. Peppered in this story are snapshots of being treated for anxiety, possible OCD tendencies, and a sister who struggles just as much, if not more, with social situations. This story rang absolutely true for me because fourth grade was right when I realized I didn't quite fit in where I thought I did. Although some of the more subtle ideas (the sister and the OCD) might be tricky for readers to understand they will identify with at least one of the girls in the book and will enjoy the fast paced story and wonderful drawings.
  • (5/5)
    Really wonderful. Almost painful to read in its authenticity. I remember being phased out of the cool group when I was in 3rd grade, and having to figure what to do now that none of the friends I had had wanted to spend time with me. But you know what else? It was so engaging. I opened the book, and bam I was hooked. I sat and read the entire thing then and there. Hale deftly maneuvers through this story, and while the central focus is friendship (particularly female), she manages to touch on other complex subjects like anxiety, sister relationships, and identity. A must read for fans of Raina Telgemeier. But I may have liked this one even more. And I should also mention the excellent illustrations by LeYuen Pham that bring the story to full-color life. She's brilliant here, as she always is.