You Go First

You Go First

Funny and poignant, You Go First by 2018 Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly is an engaging exploration of family, spelling, art, bullying, and the ever-complicated world of middle school friendships. Erin Entrada Kelly?s perfectly pitched tween voice will resonate with fans of Kate DiCamillo?s Raymie Nightingale and Thanhha Lai?s Inside Out and Back Again. Twelve-year-old Funny and poignant, You Go First by 2018 Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly is an engaging exploration of famil...

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Title:You Go First
Author:Erin Entrada Kelly
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0062414186
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

You Go First Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    May 01, 2018
    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...
  • Renata
    May 23, 2018
    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...
  • Laura Gardner
    Oct 02, 2017
    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...
  • Sarah
    Feb 27, 2018
    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...
  • DaNae
    May 17, 2018
    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...
  • Jean-Marie
    Jun 10, 2018
    I think this is the first middle grade book I've read that features an online-only friendship. That alone makes it unique, especially when adolescent social media is portrayed so negatively. The book dealt with other important themes as well - friendships, bullying, divorce, families. ...
  • Shenwei
    Apr 28, 2018
    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...
  • Vicki
    Jun 17, 2018
    So glad I met Charlotte and Ben. Charlotte wants to be a geologist and loves words. Ben is obsessed with Harry Potter, presidential history, and recycling. Charlotte in Philly and Ben in Louisiana meet while playing an on-line scrabble game. Both working their way through middle school...
  • Laurie
    Feb 24, 2018
    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...
  • Richie Partington
    Jan 18, 2018
    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...
  • Emily
    Feb 11, 2018
    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...
  • Tamara
    Jun 11, 2018
    The perennial middle school struggle: do I try to make myself like everyone else? Or do I take the risk of being myself and being ostracized? I wish it wasn?t still an issue. This story left my heart aching for these sweet, authentic characters. Choose kind, people. ...
  • laura (bookies & cookies)
    Jun 04, 2018
    I knew this book would be good, but I had no clue HOW GOOD. This book was everything and a perfect recommendation for precocious, too smart kids that don't fit in. It reminded me a lot of See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng in terms of ALL. THE. FACTS. THESE. KIDS. KNOW. It follows ...
  • Jordan Henrichs
    Jun 16, 2018
    You Go First is similarly structured to Hello, Universe (Kelly's Newbery Medal winner) and I think coming fresh off the heels of that title, this one seems to be underwhelming people. I rather liked it though. Yes, it reads like Hello, Universe with two different characters alternating...
  • Brittany
    Apr 19, 2018
    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Jun 03, 2018
    Separated by 1,000 miles, middle schoolers Ben Boxer, 11, living in Louisiana, and Charlotte Lockard, 12, living in Pennsylvania, have been playing online scrabble games with each other since elementary school, though they have never spoken to each other, let alone met. In fact, they o...
  • Jill Farr
    Apr 22, 2018
    ?One friend can make all the difference.? ?? ...
  • Patrick
    Feb 05, 2018
    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...
  • Rachel
    Jun 05, 2018
    So sweet! Charlotte and Ben are so adorably dorky (and honestly pretty relatable) I loved them so much. This book perfectly captures middle school and all its ups and downs; bullies, relationship with your parents, growing apart with old friends and gaining new friends. Reading this ma...
  • Danielle
    Jun 12, 2018
    Erin Entrada Kelly is a masterful writer with succinct pacing, inventive ways into a story, and wonderful multi-character voice. Plus, she has such a gift for giving voice and life to characters who feel isolated yet yearn to connect and, lucky for readers, eventually do. "Someday,...
  • Sarah Hay
    Jun 05, 2018
    Two children meet playing an online word game. When each of their lives starts to go differently than planned they begin to communicate more with each other as they share what is happening and seek a friend to listen. Charlotte's father is having heart surgery and her best friend seem...
  • Martha
    Jun 10, 2018
    Both eleven-year-old Ben and twelve-year-old Charlotte lead complicated lives. Ben is surprised and devastated when he learns that his father is leaving his mother. Charlotte's father is extremely ill, staying in the hospital, AND her best friend has found another replacement for her. ...
  • Hilary Scroggie
    Feb 20, 2018
    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...
  • Kate Olson
    Nov 16, 2017
    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...
  • Leonard Kim
    May 01, 2018
    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...
  • Wendy MacKnight
    Apr 20, 2018
    Truly a magical book! The story of online scrabble buddies Charlotte and Ben, who are each going through friend and family issues is simply brilliant storytelling at its best. I couldn't put it down. A classic. ...
  • Julie Kirchner
    Apr 13, 2018
    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...
  • Eva
    May 10, 2018
    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...
  • Maggie Menkus
    May 20, 2018
    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...
  • Amanda Williams
    May 06, 2018
    Tugs at the heart! ...