Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom

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Publisher Annotation: If you ask me, the worst part about middle school is the fact that it is MIDDLE school. Nothing good happens in the Middles, and since middle school is the middle of all Middles, I am guaranteed, without a doubt, 100% doomed. Meet Abbie Wu. Shes about to start middle school and shes totally freaking out and not just because shes stuck in a family that doesnt quite get her or because the lunch ladies at school are totally corrupt or because everyone seems to have a Thing except her. Abbie Wu is always in crisis.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062398796
Characteristics: 225 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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JCLChrisK Mar 28, 2018

Abbie Wu is a frantic worrier. From the outside she may appear quiet and solitary, but inside she is a buzz of frenetic anxiety. Even the smallest things--real or imagined--set her mind racing. And now she must face her greatest challenge ever: middle school.

Abbie's interior life perfectly captures the insecurities of many--if not all--middle schoolers. Who am I? How do I fit in? Do I fit in? Everyone thinks I'm a loser, right? Those are not the words she uses, but the the book is infused with those ideas. Abbie's narration and Vivat's illustrations capture that frazzled energy wonderfully. There's even a chance--though an ongoing series makes me wonder--that Abbie may have found a few answers and figured a few things out by the book's end.

This is a quick read that will have readers laughing with empathy.

Jan 17, 2018

The plot was not the best, but the characters were interesting.

Nov 15, 2016

Hilarious quick read. A good funny book about starting middle school and the feelings that go with it. Abby is stuck in the middle of everything. Her overly dramatic way of looking at life is so spot and giggle worthy. She's trying to find her place and like so many feel alone in the struggle. Fans of Wimpy Kids style book will have a new collection to enjoy. First book I've read about an asian kid that wasn't about her being asian.


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cmlibrary_jcurrie Jun 28, 2017

Abbie Wu is getting ready to enter middle school and she is worried about it. It is especially hard on her because she doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere, not in her family or at school. She is the middle child of three in her family, her older brother is popular and good at everything and her little sister is very bubbly and adorable. Also her best friends already know what they want to do in middle school and they have a plan. Abbie needs to find her own talent. It doesn’t take long for Abbie to discover that she does a thing for leadership when she experiences unfairness in the cafeteria.


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JCLChrisK Mar 28, 2018

I live in a state of constant impending doom.


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