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In middle school nothing is important than friendshipWhen Truly is invited to sit at the Popular Table with the group she has dreamed of joining she can hardly believe her luck Everyone seems so nice so kind to one another But all is not SMALL SPOILER ALERTThis book is really good Seriously I literally could not put it down until I'd finished reading it which isn't a good thing because I have homeworkbut that's how good the book was It wasn't five stars only because five stars is a nearly impossible rating for a book to get from me and even I don't know why I connected in some way with every single main character except for Natasha who understandably really annoyed me She was just so mean but then sometimes I felt bad for her too Mostly I can relate to Truly and my heart really broke for her when she went through all that bullying and by those she thought were friends no less Thankfully I myself have never been the recipient of bullying but Truly's experiences were so real to me that I was crying for much of the last uarter of the book Granted it doesn't take much to get me crying over a book or movie but still I was worried for the poor girl Thank goodness everything turned out all right I could keep talking but I really have to get to my homework Ugh

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ScapeSix eighth graders four girls and two boys struggle to understand and process their fractured glimples into one another's lives as they find new ways to disconnect but also to connect in Rachel Vail's richest and most searching book This review has also been posted on The Social Potato I love middle grade but I think we can safely say that middle grade novels focusing on middle school drama are not really my thing although never say never I went into this book kind of expecting a Mean Girls story but that wasn’t exactly what I got The book is about a girl who dumps her friend for the popular crowd and the popular crowd doesn’t turn out to be bad Her best friend howeverI could get behind this I could but Truly’s who is the main characters ex best friend is part of that popular crowd her ex best friend who dumped her two years ago Do you see where I am getting with this? It’s a cycle that never endssss okay I don’t really know thatMy problem on top of everything else was that the writing didn’t do it for me The book was definitely geared towards middle schoolers and I didn't click with the voices of all the characters I also felt like the writing was too ‘tell y’ as opposed to ‘show y’ We were constantly being TOLD things rather than shown and I was like nopeBut does that mean this book was bad? I personally think of it as a case of me not being the right audience for it I think that for middle schoolers this is a great book It is realistic in its portrayal of the complications of growing up It deals with cyberbullying it deals with ALL the things that middle schoolers these days will be able to relate to I am no longer in middle school though it’s been a LONG time so I guess this book and I just weren’t meant to be Note that I received a finished copy of the book in exchange for an honest review Dot.Homme process their fractured glimples into one another's lives as they find new ways to disconnect but also to connect in Rachel Vail's richest and most searching book This review has also been The West (3rd Edition) posted on The Social Potato I love middle grade but I think we can safely say that middle grade novels focusing on middle school drama are not really my thing although never say never I went into this book kind of expecting a Mean Girls story but that wasn’t exactly what I got The book is about a girl who dumps her friend for the The Maddest Idea (Revolution at Sea popular crowd and the The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running popular crowd doesn’t turn out to be bad Her best friend howeverI could get behind this I could but Truly’s who is the main characters ex best friend is A Biggles Omnibus part of that The Power of Soft popular crowd her ex best friend who dumped her two years ago Do you see where I am getting with this? It’s a cycle that never endssss okay I don’t really know thatMy Moscow, December 25, 1991 problem on top of everything else was that the writing didn’t do it for me The book was definitely geared towards middle schoolers and I didn't click with the voices of all the characters I also felt like the writing was too ‘tell y’ as opposed to ‘show y’ We were constantly being TOLD things rather than shown and I was like nopeBut does that mean this book was bad? I Planetary Forces, Alchemy and Healing personally think of it as a case of me not being the right audience for it I think that for middle schoolers this is a great book It is realistic in its The Shepherds Bush Murders portrayal of the complications of growing up It deals with cyberbullying it deals with ALL the things that middle schoolers these days will be able to relate to I am no longer in middle school though it’s been a LONG time so I guess this book and I just weren’t meant to be Note that I received a finished copy of the book in exchange for an honest review

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As it seems with her new friends and soon she's caught in a maelstrom of lies misunderstandings accusations and counter accusations all happening very publicly in the relentless hyperconnected social media world from which there is no e Going into this one I knew it would be a bit of a younger read than I am used to but as an educator I wanted to read this one to see if it would be a good fit for my school's library Social media is such a huge thing these days and the kids are obsessed with it It pains them to go a whole class period without having access to their phone They are always connected to one another so this book appealed to me as bullying over social media has become a huge problem in society I was a little nervous at the onset of the book as I felt the writing was a bit choppy and juvenile Thankfully that didn't end up becoming an issue as it seemed to even out and some of the sentences weren't cut as shortI felt Vail did a good job of portraying the usage of social media amongst these 8th graders as well as developing a coming of age story that many teens can relate to fitting in At this point in many teens' lives they are still discovering themselves what they like who they are what they need and want from life Their friend circles are constantly changing and evolving and it's just a superficial time in schoolOur main character Truly is a sweet girl who just wants to fit in She is thrilled that her former best friend Natasha has taken an interest in her again and has invited her to sit at the Popular Table Truly is so desperate for that acceptance she doesn't realize that she is hurting her current best friend by leaving her behind in the dust She tries to justify it by saying if the tables were turned she would be happy for Hazel so Hazel should be happy for her Hazel is deeply hurt by Truly's actions and that hurt turns to anger and vengeance She wants to show Truly just how vapid Natasha is and ends up causing a chain reaction all based on what was posted via social media I could not stand Natasha She is a mean girl through and through and only talks to Truly again because she is trying to make sure everyone knows that she broke up with Clay and not the other way around She is constantly judging her and hates putting up with her but puts on that nice girl façade and gives Truly the impression she wants to be friends again The other characters were okay for me Brooke is the most popular of the group but she's actually a nice person She seems to get along with everyone and is secretly crushing on Clay her best friend for years Clay was also an okay character His issues with Natasha aren't important compared to the ones he faces at home and trying to live up to his brother It can't be easy living in his shadow and we get to see that firsthand with Clay Jack Clay's good friend is sweet on Truly and I thought he was adorable For being a jock he has all this nervous energy with her and it was cute I wish their storyline had been fleshed out a bit but Truly has uite a bit going on with all the drama surrounding herI found myself uite sucked in to the drama of this story I thought it was a pretty accurate description of the things these teens face on a daily basis and while their issues seem trivial and petty I remember it being a difficult time in life I wouldn't say this book is life changing but it does do a decent job of showing kids that everything they say or post can be discovered and manipulatedReceived a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review


10 thoughts on “Unfriended

  1. says:

    SMALL SPOILER ALERTThis book is really good Seriously I literally could not put it down until I'd finished reading it which isn't a good thing because I have homeworkbut that's how good the book was It wasn't five stars only because five stars is a nearly impossible rating for a book to get from me and even I don't know why I connected in some way with every single main character except for Natasha who understandably really annoyed me She was just so mean but then sometimes I felt bad for her too Mostly I can relate to Truly and my heart really broke for her when she went through all that bullying and by those she thought were friends no less Thankfully I myself have never been the recipient of bullying but Truly's experiences were so real to me that I was crying for much of the last uarter of the book Granted it doesn't take much to get me crying over a book or movie but still I was worried for the poor girl Thank goodness everything turned out all right I could keep talking but I really have to get to my homework Ugh


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    Unfriended is a modern day novel by Rachel Vail that teaches teenagers how social media can give you freedom as well as cause you harm when used inappropriatelyIn this novel eigth grader Truly Gabriella Gonzales learns the hard say that sometimes the Popular choice may not be the best choice When her ex bff Natasha who dumped her in grade six comes to invite her to sit at the Popular Table and hang out with them Truly is overly thrilled and excited and follows dumping her uirky bff Hazel who was the one that befriended her when Natasha dumped her without thinking of the possible misunderstandings between them Hazel hurt and feeling betrayed retaliates using social media hacking into Truly's accounts posing and posting as her Meanwhile Truly starts warming up to all of them from the Perfect Brooke to the Super Chill Clay but is anyone really who they seem? Natasha gets kicked out of the Popular Table and blames Truly adding on to the online hate It soon becomes out of control and crazy with rumors lies and secrets go viral while nobody has the full truthEven when people start easing up on Truly and the whole situation she begins to become and reclused and cuts school as well as throwing her cell phone into the big lake The damage was already done Hazel 'apologizes' in the end but is it enough? We don't know if their friendship will ever be the same again This book ends on the start of their History Day project which was what Truly was invited to the Table for to work on the History Day projectOverall I found this book really interesting because of the style alternating straight point of views with a few text messages a to do list and even a social media post It was also interesting since the title on the cover was smaller than the author's name It kind of represented how nobody wanted to be 'unfriended' by someone on social media or in real life It's also like a last resort when people want to 'get away from someone' onlineThe ending was also okay I guess It was a pretty major cliffhanger after all and we don't know what will exactly happen next


  3. says:

    I as an adult love young adult books However this one was horrible I probably could've read it a day and it took me a lot longer than that I have OCD and I can't just not finish a book LOL HATED ITSo I expected some mean girls some good drama bullying o'plenty and what I got was whitewashed Here's the thing the popular table usually mean girls were actually very nice There were only two mean girls and they had both been Truly's friend before she got invited to the popular table One of the mean girls wasn't really even that mean she just had her feelings hurt and went a little too farThe dialogue was hideous I love books that are told from different points of view that was good I had no trouble keeping up with the characters However it seemed a feeble embarrassing attempt on the part of an adult to try to speak like kids do Either the kids were speaking like grown ups would or it was just a sad attempt to speak kid eseI would say around 95% of the young adult books I have read have depth and deal with topics that are above what they should be dealing with At least in my own adult mind Sadly kids do deal with these things The only thing I took away from this book that was the least bit deep and thought provoking was what Hazel's grandma said Bullying has always been around It's not new The technology is Now you can just spread it faster and reach a larger audience The human nature to scorn has always been thereSo that was the one thing Now that you know save yourself some and skip this book I really wish I could give it no stars


  4. says:

    I don't know how Rachel Vail does it but she is still right on the pulse of horrifying middle school social interactions Everybody in this book is suffering and trying to hide this suffering from everybody else or give it to somebody else Painful to read A nest of Snapchat snakes Judy Blume of today YIKES She is particularly great at delineating the level of mildly shocking cursing that is de rigeur in middle school Like pissed Who says pissed but a middle schooler? More specifically Everybody is pissed at me Hang in there kids


  5. says:

    When Truly is invited to sit at The Popular Lunch Table by her ex best friend Natasha she leaves behind current best friend Hazel Chaos ensues and their eighth grade class may never be the sameRachel Vail created a diverse cast of characters and points of view in UNFRIENDED Bullying rumors hacking friendship popularity kindness crushes and the dangers of jumping to conclusions are explored by the different narrators How the characters are on the outside isn’t always reflective of how the feel about themselves or their struggles at homeAt the center of the story Truly a smart girl with a good heart makes a poor decision to abandon Hazel and follow her former friend to the popular table Truly knows she’s done wrong but doesn’t uite know how to apologize Hazel goes way too far to hurt Truly Insecurity makes Natasha so mean Brooke the real hero of the story is the voice of reason Jack and Clay the boys provide some calmness amid the rumors and innuendo The characters were interesting and not stereotypicalI’d recommend UNFRIENDED to middle grade kids even younger for advanced readers


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    Going into this one I knew it would be a bit of a younger read than I am used to but as an educator I wanted to read this one to see if it would be a good fit for my school's library Social media is such a huge thing these days and the kids are obsessed with it It pains them to go a whole class period without having access to their phone They are always connected to one another so this book appealed to me as bullying over social media has become a huge problem in society I was a little nervous at the onset of the book as I felt the writing was a bit choppy and juvenile Thankfully that didn't end up becoming an issue as it seemed to even out and some of the sentences weren't cut as shortI felt Vail did a good job of portraying the usage of social media amongst these 8th graders as well as developing a coming of age story that many teens can relate to fitting in At this point in many teens' lives they are still discovering themselves what they like who they are what they need and want from life Their friend circles are constantly changing and evolving and it's just a superficial time in schoolOur main character Truly is a sweet girl who just wants to fit in She is thrilled that her former best friend Natasha has taken an interest in her again and has invited her to sit at the Popular Table Truly is so desperate for that acceptance she doesn't realize that she is hurting her current best friend by leaving her behind in the dust She tries to justify it by saying if the tables were turned she would be happy for Hazel so Hazel should be happy for her Hazel is deeply hurt by Truly's actions and that hurt turns to anger and vengeance She wants to show Truly just how vapid Natasha is and ends up causing a chain reaction all based on what was posted via social media I could not stand Natasha She is a mean girl through and through and only talks to Truly again because she is trying to make sure everyone knows that she broke up with Clay and not the other way around She is constantly judging her and hates putting up with her but puts on that nice girl façade and gives Truly the impression she wants to be friends again The other characters were okay for me Brooke is the most popular of the group but she's actually a nice person She seems to get along with everyone and is secretly crushing on Clay her best friend for years Clay was also an okay character His issues with Natasha aren't important compared to the ones he faces at home and trying to live up to his brother It can't be easy living in his shadow and we get to see that firsthand with Clay Jack Clay's good friend is sweet on Truly and I thought he was adorable For being a jock he has all this nervous energy with her and it was cute I wish their storyline had been fleshed out a bit but Truly has uite a bit going on with all the drama surrounding herI found myself uite sucked in to the drama of this story I thought it was a pretty accurate description of the things these teens face on a daily basis and while their issues seem trivial and petty I remember it being a difficult time in life I wouldn't say this book is life changing but it does do a decent job of showing kids that everything they say or post can be discovered and manipulatedReceived a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review


  7. says:

    Unfriended was a uniue book The book gives you a lot of emotions such as sad happyjoy humor and friendship throughout the book This book is best read at age 11 14 Middle School because most drama and friendship happen at this time it's natural So I got too addicted to this book so I finished the whole book in two days Also I do want to mention that every chapter was named after the character who are talking so at first I got a little bit confused 55 and then I figured it out which I think it's great when we read other character's thinking This book really tells us how important friendship are so I am really grateful for it PS I wish Rachel Vail author of this book made series about this D


  8. says:

    I have one major major complaint about this book Hazel That self righteous shit stirring abusive self absorbed little YOU DON'T EVEN WANT TO KNOW THE NAMES I HAVE FOR THIS GIRLWe had the same ballerina jewelry boxes So corny the kind with a little ballerina that twirls around when you open it So girly and cliche we both thought As if every little girl is supposed to dream of becoming a tiny ballerina? And collect jewels to fill the box? Though when I was little I loved that thing I thought it was so grown up But I did see Hazel's point as soon as she made it I agreed right away that it was horribly anti feminist and also tackyThis is on page 3 It is astonishing how uickly this book managed to blatantly piss me off Oh well pardon me if ballerinas are anti feminist now Hazel The next time I see a woman who's dedicated years upon years of hard work and discipline to perfect the art of ballet dancing I'll be sure to let her know that it makes her a dis empowered woman since that's what I assume you mean by anti feminist since that's what most self righteous assholes mean when they say it Bless you for being a reminder why loads of women choose to tell feminism to take a hikeOh and by the way you and Truly seem to have some difficulty grasping the function of a jewelry box Most people don't put jewels in they put jewelry in Which a lot of people have I fail to see how stupid or unrealistic that isPage ThreeAs the story plays out it turns out that Hazel is a condescending emotionally manipulative and thoroughly abusive little asshole who is every bit as nasty as she claims Natasha to be I'd argue worse in some respects because she really enjoys pretending that she's the eternal victim a real girl who isn't like those empty headed popular girlsWhat's that one post on TumblrTwitter? The worst thing about geeks that become bullies is that you'll never convince them that they're anything but victims? YEAH THAT'S THE ONE I'M LOOKING FORDon't get me wrong Natasha was a little beast too and really it was so adorable to realize how many similarities she and Hazel had They're both emotionally abusive manipulative little bullies who crapped on Truly at every opportunity And while Truly did have flaws dumping Hazel randomly wasn't cool they completely exaggerated them and overreacted to her mistakes and you know it was because they thought they were superior to her and how dare she defy them how dare she do something they didn't approve of Natasha and Hazel had Issues; Natasha is implied to come from a lower economic background with a mother who has problems and Hazel's parents were dangerously close to a divorce and suddenly began paying a lot less attention to herSo obviously that means it's okay for them to project onto Truly It's okay for them to call her spoiled when they clearly have their heads so far up their own assholes they can't see anything else any It's okay for Hazel to hack into Truly's social networking accounts and make everyone hate her Sure it isThey both needed a kick in the pants in the worst kind of way Especially fucking Hazel at the end who said that she had GOOD REASONS to hack Truly's account like sitting with a bunch of girls that Hazel didn't like for ONE LUNCH PERIOD somehow justified impersonating Truly and making everyone hate her and bully the hell out of her Yeah this brat learned nothing Nothing at allI hate Hazel I hate Natasha I don't care how bad they had it they were horrible and they were absolutely itching to rip Truly apart for ridiculous reasons I will say that there were some redeeming aspects to this book Clay saying that Jack was ready to go over to Truly's house and set himself on fire on her front lawn as penance for her injury gave me a cackle or two as did a couple of other linesBut that's about it Watching Truly get railroaded as a bully when she was actually not an asshole in the least only a bit too easily led and naive was painful to read


  9. says:

    This review has also been posted on The Social Potato I love middle grade but I think we can safely say that middle grade novels focusing on middle school drama are not really my thing although never say never I went into this book kind of expecting a Mean Girls story but that wasn’t exactly what I got The book is about a girl who dumps her friend for the popular crowd and the popular crowd doesn’t turn out to be bad Her best friend howeverI could get behind this I could but Truly’s who is the main characters ex best friend is part of that popular crowd her ex best friend who dumped her two years ago Do you see where I am getting with this? It’s a cycle that never endssss okay I don’t really know thatMy problem on top of everything else was that the writing didn’t do it for me The book was definitely geared towards middle schoolers and I didn't click with the voices of all the characters I also felt like the writing was too ‘tell y’ as opposed to ‘show y’ We were constantly being TOLD things rather than shown and I was like nopeBut does that mean this book was bad? I personally think of it as a case of me not being the right audience for it I think that for middle schoolers this is a great book It is realistic in its portrayal of the complications of growing up It deals with cyberbullying it deals with ALL the things that middle schoolers these days will be able to relate to I am no longer in middle school though it’s been a LONG time so I guess this book and I just weren’t meant to be Note that I received a finished copy of the book in exchange for an honest review


  10. says:

    It's never easy to read about the lengths kids will go to be accepted This book is a Mean Girls story but it is well done There are about 8 middle schoolers represented here however the main voices are 3 girls and 2 boys who through alternating chapters that read like text messages or Facebook postings some of the time reveal their personal lives problems at home and their insecurities about their personal identity The reader knows what is really going on but the individual characters often do not this is what keeps you reading Because you get to know each character's story there is some sympathy even for the bad kids Rachel Vail understands contemporary teenage life as well as anyone She doesn't sugar coat There are lessons to be learned here and some guilty pleasures spying into these youngsters lives


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