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So while I loved So Not Okay, the first book in Nancy Rue’s Mean Girl Makeover series, I must admit I enjoyed book 2, You Can’t Sit With Us, even more. Perhaps it’s because You Can’t Sit With Us is written from the victim’s perspective, and I can totally relate to that (who can’t, right?).
When I was younger, my mom used to read me a story by Max Lucado about the Wemmicks, these little wooden people who went around sticking stars and dots on each other. Stars were like a pat on the back, a thumbs up, applause. Dots were like boos from the audience, an egg in the face, a big fat “F”. Seems weird, but really how far fetched is this scenario from how kids (and, sadly, adults) treat each other everyday?
We all put labels on others, and ourselves, whether we realize it or not. Nerd. Freak. Ugly. Fat. What matters is what we do with those labels. We can choose to let them define who we are, or, like Ginger Hollingberry in You Can’t Sit With Us, we can rip them off and throw them away.
“I am mistress of my own tongue, not yours.” ~ Ginger Hollingberry, You Can’t Sit With Us.
About You Can’t Sit With Us…
Ginger Hollingberry is no stranger to bullying. She’s only in sixth grade, but she’s been a target most of her life. When Those Girls (aka the mean girls at Ginger’s school) choose to take their bullying behind the scenes, Ginger can’t even go home without fearing harassment. Will she continue to be the doormat Those Girls love to stomp on, or will Ginger finally stand up for truth and accept who she is despite what others think?
Why I recommend You Can’t Sit With Us…
A) It’s exactly the kind of book tweens need. Bullying isn’t limited to school hallways and bathrooms anymore. In this day and age, the internet has allowed bullies to take their tricks to a whole new level (aka cyber space). I love You Can’t Sit With Us because it’s relevant. The story is fun and entertaining with relatable characters, but it also has that little extra umph. I’m a mom and just reading Ginger’s story made me feel empowered. We can do something about bullying, and we can help our kids prepare for situations like the one Ginger finds herself in. Bullies don’t have to win. I think You Can’t Sit With Us will really encourage tweens to stand against bullying, on and off the school campus.
B) The message isn’t preachy. Nancy Rue definitely has a purpose for these mean girl makeover books. It’s obvious she is taking a stand against bullying, and she wants others to do the same. BUT, she writes this series in a way that doesn’t make you feel like you’re being told what to do or how to do it. Tweens and parents alike can learn from these books, yes, but more importantly, the Mean Girl Makeover books will get them excited about anti-bullying. I love the different steps to standing against bullies Nancy wrote about in So Not Okay, and You Can’t Sit With Us has even more including “the stone face” and coming up with “a one-line, assertive response”. These books show tweens how to stand up for themselves without getting physical, and not only that, but how to take the power away from the bullies so, hopefully, they’ll give up. If the bully sees he or she has lost power over the victim, they probably won’t see any point in continuing.
C) Nancy Rue has a stellar, middle-grade voice. These books really have an authentic “tweeness” (yes, I just made up that word) to them. I don’t feel like I’m reading a book by an adult for tweens. It just feels like being inside a sixth grade girl’s head, which again goes back to how relatable this series is. I so cannot wait for book 3, Sorry I’m Not Sorry, which releases April 28, 2015. Click here to pre-order Sorry I’m Not Sorry from Amazon. The third book is an honest look at bullying from the bully’s perspective. I recommend this series for girls ages eight and older.
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What’s the one thing you would teach your child to say if they’re ever a victim of bullying?
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