I realized as a book reviewer, I am only filled with regrets. Today we are reviewing a book I regret not having read before.
This was a book I downloaded from NetGalley in 2019, when I first started reviewing. Suddenly I was stunned, I fell to a low, multiple declines, and now in 2021, I’m kicking myself for not reading this before.
It was great. My heart is warm, so are my tears. I really enjoyed going through roller coasters of emotions with it.
Pippi McGee’s humiliations
By Beth and Rebel
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summary of the story
Award-winning author Beth Werbel writes with humor and empathy about a girl who wants to shed her embarrassing moments before she leaves middle school behind her. Penelope McGee’s first eight years of education were a humiliation curriculum. She is now in search of redemption, and some revenge.
From her self-portrait in the garden as a bacon with boobs, to fourth grade when she peed in her pants at the library thanks to a stuck zipper to seventh grade there … well, she’s not talking about seventh grade. Ever.
After hearing the lecturer advise them how a high school would be a clean slate for everyone, Pippi – afraid her eight humiliations will follow her to the corridors of Northbrook High School – decides to use her senior year in middle school to correct the injustices of her early education and save other innocents from the same fate Continuous and laughter. Pee McGee is looking for redemption, but she will also take revenge.
Hurting people Hurting people
Beth Verbel, The Humiliation of Pippi McGee
A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
With a combination of likable characters, a fast-paced plot and fun writing, I could not put it off.
Eighth grade: a new school year, an opportunity for new beginnings. For Pippi McGee, this is an opportunity for new beginnings, but first she needs to mark things off her list, the ‘list’, that is, from among her 8 great humiliations and take revenge on anyone who humiliated her. Margina George in the form of middle school Kara Samson humiliated, her long-term hospitalized who horribly rejected her Jackson Thorpe, and the unbearable Frau Jacobs … and almost everyone who ran away, walked away and laughed out of the house. Pipi Touch.
Despite everything she went through, she had her good friend Tasha by her side. Bold, fearless, captain of the track team and a book geek with dyslexia, no matter how busy her schedule was, she always took time and stood up for her good friend Pee. She also had Ricky, who was always there for her from the beginning, but she was too blind to understand and just believed they were friends because of his love for Tasha.
I loved all the characters. Pippi, her family, her classmates, the popular group at school, but maybe not the boring bread like old-fashioned Jackson Thorpe. He’s still young, sure, understands himself, sure, but a man I wish he had more. Other than that, I loved the complex relationships and personalities of the characters in this book. Especially Pee, who sometimes made me want to shout and hide in fear of the consequences of her actions, but to hug and comfort her at the same time.
Aside from school, he focuses on Pippi’s family life, with her bad relationship with her sister Eliza, charming but intelligent and insanely smart for her 4-year-old niece, Annie, and her divorced parents and Emma Alec’s new boyfriend. It was refreshing and a charming balance to the chaos at school, and it gave more depth to Pippi’s life outside of working on the list.
I especially liked how this book deals with issues like bullying and generations of injury and power complexes. The plot is quite predictable, but I believe it falls on the good side of the predictable, where it is well defined and logical. It was a very enjoyable read.