Real Friends

Real Friends 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 lead

  • Title: Real Friends
  • Author: Shannon Hale LeUyen Pham Jane Poole
  • ISBN: 9781626724167
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 bullyingWhen 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 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.

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    1. No way. I can’t believe how great this book is. If I were a wealthy schoolteacher, I’d gift this to all of my students. This is unlike any memoir I’ve ever read. For starters, it’s a graphic novel, so it’s not your usual memoir. Also, since Shannon Hale is obsessed with stories, there are stories within this story. It’s really special. Truthfully, the plot isn’t exceptional. I mean, it’s about a girl in middle school who has trouble making friends, and even when she makes them, s [...]

    2. The autobiography assignment. I don’t pretend to know precisely why teachers give it out or what they hope child readers will get out of it. About ten years ago, when I was a children’s librarian in New York City, it was to be feared. A small child would walk into my room, belly up to the reader’s advisory desk, and ask for an autobiography. You mean a biography? No (of course not, silly librarian). An AUTObiography, see? And there, clear as crystal, was the printed assignment. So like any [...]

    3. Perfect for a 10-year-old, Real Friends looks at the complex relationships among elementary school girls. It teaches readers that good friends don't treat you badly.It also delves into the thorny issues of sibling abuse and rivalry, bullying and crushes.I liked Real Friends not only for its story, but also for the way that it allowed me to connect with my child. We read the book together and shared our thoughts on friendships.The author, Shannon Hale, based this book on her real life experiences [...]

    4. "Friendship in younger years can be especially hard because our worlds are small. If you haven't found your 'group' yet, hang in there. Your world will keep growing larger and wider. You deserve to have real friends, the kind who treat you well and get how amazing you are."I didn't realize this was a memoir about Hale's elementary school years! That made it all the more awesome. I hate cliques, so I could relate to Shannon's loneliness when her best friend joins "the group." I sometimes wish I c [...]

    5. I got this graphic memoir from the library for my 5th grader. I can't believe I have a 5th grader. She has the kindest heart, she is much smarter, funnier, and more athletic than I ever recall being (ever) but guess what? I still hear reports about girls calling her weird, about girls forming groups, about the timeless, treacherous terrain of elementary school friendship. Children today are educated about bullying and my girl puts up with nothing, but at the end of the day, we all just want to f [...]

    6. Following little Shannon's life from kindergarten through fifth grade, Real Friends captures the emotional roller coaster ride of friendship, from navigating the tricky waters of cliques and bullies to her never-ending struggle to stay in "The Group." Shannon’s honest and heartfelt story reminds us of how hard it was to learn what real friends are—and why finding them is worth the journey.

    7. This was such a cute graphic memoir about friendship, the social structure as you grow up, and the anxiety navigating it can cause children. It also touches on sibling relationships, how adults interact and listen to children and mental health issues in younger kids and teenagers. Overall, it was a very sweet graphic novel that I think would be an important and useful book for a lot of elementary aged kids.

    8. Why is it so much easier to have virtual friends than real friends? Couldn't we just walk up to someone, and say, "You wanna be my pal?"Shannon Hale takes a look at the difficult prospect of making and keeping friends in this terrific graphic novel. We follow the author through her sometimes lonely years at elementary school when her best (and only) friend joins a clique comprised of popular girls. Shannon gets to hover around the periphery of the group, but never really "belongs" to the gang. T [...]

    9. This is a very sweet graphic novel about friendship. I really enjoyed it. It was just the kind of book I needed to read right now.

    10. The cover on my arc edition is so much nicer! Oh my god, this was awesome. Real Friends is a brief yet heartfelt tale of being the outcast in a middle school. This book stands out from other books about the same topic because of its emotional heart. Never does this story feel fake or fictional; it's effortlessly real. That's for a reason, given that this book is based off the author's own experiences. It was very easy to empathize with the main character. I loved the emphasis on being real with [...]

    11. My blog post.Shannon Hale's Real Friends was a Reading Without Walls challenge for me. That is, as a child and still today, I'm not much of a group person, most likely related to my introversion. From childhood on I can recall being part of groups of people I liked, but they almost always wanted to spend way more time together than I did. Shyness is probably also a factor as we moved a lot and so I was never in a school more than three years. This made me happy to find just a single friend. No [...]

    12. Like many, my tween years were rough. Actually, that’s a vast understatement.I spent most of sixth grade hiding in my bedroom, trying to will myself into the narrow constraints my school’s resident Mean Girls set for us. Were GAP jeans cool this week? Or was it The Limited? Is 90210 still a thing? And if so, am I supposed to hate Brenda or Kelly? Is Brandon or Dylan the cute one?All I wanted to do was ride my bike and play with Barbies. Not read YM magazine and debate the finer points of lip [...]

    13. 3 Populars are not always happy STARS Primero una anécdota:Para esta navidad decidí regalar Novelas gráficas, a mi hija y mis 2 ahijadas. Este libro lo vi recomendado por todos lados. Así que lo compre para regalarlo.Pero al leerlo me di cuenta de que la protagonista y su familia son cristianos (creo), inclusive hay una escena donde aparece Jesucristo. Personalmente no me afecta. Pero si están pensando regalárselo a alguien, asegúrense de que el tópico religioso no les vaya a molestar a [...]

    14. Now I'm convinced that I need to read more graphic novels. Writing and art? Yes please.Real Friends is a memoir of the author's younger life and her struggles with friendship, which made it extremely heartfelt. Lots of emotion went into this story -- props to the author for willing to be vulnerable. Quick, beautiful read. <3

    15. Not for me, and I would have given 1 star, but for the afterword by Shannon Hale, explaining her reasons for telling the story. Reminded me of Smile, which I also disliked for some of the same reasons. Basically, this is a book about the mean girls, where you are in the popular group and put up with the shenanigans or you're not/don't. Shannon tried to fit in, but ultimately could not abide this behavior, but then she completely ignored a girl with similar ostracism, when they met behind a bush [...]

    16. This graphic novel by superhero team Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham, based on Hale's childhood school experience, made me ugly cry in the faculty room at 9:30 in the morning. Real Friends is a little TOO real, if you know what I mean, and will ring emotionally true for anyone who suffered friendship growing pains in elementary school. The subtle, uncommented-on depiction of the role of religion in Hale's young life is also completely tops. Give it to every 3rd-6th grader you know, and then to all [...]

    17. Ok, yeah, I liked this. But I'm a sucker for memoir GNs. Even though I side-eye Hale a little bit.I liked the direct approach (hey reader, here's a story about the friends I had growing up!), combined with the slowly looming story of her Bear/Sister that got pretty dark.I found it accessible. But I already have a fair amount of things in common with the voice here.I did LOVE Pham's illustrations. I'm SO excited she's doing art for an upcoming Summer Reading Program.This is great for that Telgeme [...]

    18. One of the scary things about becoming the mother of a little girl is knowing/fearing that she is likely going to experience some mean friends in her future. I think all of us have. Even the girl who I consider my best childhood friend to this day was incredibly cruel to me at times. I know I was cruel to others, and am ashamed of it. As Shannon says, when we are young our worlds are small, and it's so hard to see outside of your surroundings. If you feel like you don't fit in or haven't found ' [...]

    19. This graphic novel SPEAKS to me. I think most people grow up with the struggles of making not just friends, but real friends who will stick with you no matter what. Shannon Hale digs deep into her own experiences of making friends from elementary school to middle school, all the nitty gritty and painful trauma of bullies and peer pressure to join a “popular” friend group. She’s honest and introspective about her past actions and worries, her retrospective commentary is perceptive but she k [...]

    20. Fantastic graphic novel from prolific children's author Shannon Hale. This engaging and emotional graphic novel explores the tricky and sometimes painful experiences in school and with making friends. Topics include bullying, anxiety, being true to yourself, friendships etc. Nothing is heavy handed and this title will fly off the shelves at my library. Fantastic illustrations are done by LeUyen Pham who can draw the realistic girls as well as their imaginative play perfectly.

    21. I wish I had had this book in 4th-6th grade. It would have been good to know I wasn't the only one who felt awkward.

    22. Okay so I actually finished this book a while ago however for some reason I've been really bad about marking my books as read in . Anyway with that being said I must say that I enjoyed this graphic novel not only because of the artwork but also the message behind the story. It isn't easy being a kid and I think a lot of times adults make that assumption and mistake. It can be heard to make friends and even more difficult to try to fit in. This book definitely touches on the process of making fri [...]

    23. Two of my favorite kidlit superstars team up for this heartfelt graphic novel that's perfect for fans of Smile or Sunny Side Up. Shannon Hale's memoir of struggling to make and keep Real Friends during her elementary school years is accessible and poignant. This is a book that will strike a chord with many young readers. LeUyen Pham's expressive artwork is a perfect match for the story and text. I have long been a fan of her work and I'm thrilled to see more longform art from her. In the acknowl [...]

    24. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, NetGalley!This is the story of a young Shannon, who recounts the series of friendships she had growing up and the impacts each made. I was surprised to open up Real Friends and discover it's actually a graphic memoir. As Shannon recounts her early school years through a series of friends she had, I was thrown back in time to the mid-late 80s when I was going through the same things Shannon did in the late 70s/early 80s. S [...]

    25. A middle grade (or younger) graphic novel that focuses on friendships, aka mean girls, bullying, and cliques. Not a new concept, obviously. However, this one seemed more genuine than formulaic, which I appreciated. I didn't realize that this is probably because it is a memoir until I finished it and read the author's note (maybe I should have figured it out earlier since the main character's name is Shannon?). What I thought seemed genuine was the author's inclusion of her OCD and her family dyn [...]

    26. A graphic novel (memoir) that tells the story of Shannon as she navigates the ins and outs of elementary friendships.

    27. REAL FRIENDS is an expertly written and presented graphic novel that will appeal to anyone who is or has been a school-aged girl. It brought back a lot of memories for me regarding just how surreal, stressful, and yes, mean, friendships among children are. Anyone who claims that childhood is a carefree time is doing a LOT of convenient forgetting.

    28. This graphic memoir about friendship issues is entirely relatable for children and adults alike! The vibrant illustrations and clever narrative make for an enjoyable reading experience.

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