Rachel Vail's powerful middle-grade novel proves once again that no one does tween better than she does!

Niki Ames can't wait to start eighth grade, that all-important year before high school. She and her best friend Ava have shared so many plans for the coming year. But then the unthinkable happens: at gym class pair-up, Ava chooses someone else to be her partner. Niki is devastated. It's clear that Ava wants to be part of the popular group, leaving Niki behind. Niki has to decide who her real friends should be, where her real interests lie. Meanwhile, life at home is complicated. Niki's nine-year-old brother Danny continues to act out more and more publicly. Their mother refuses to admit that Danny is somewhere on the autism spectrum, but it's clear he needs help. Niki doesn't want to be like her brother, to be labeled as different. She just wants to be popular! Is she a bad sister and a bad best friend?
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on March 24, 2020 by Viking Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0451479459
ISBN-13: 9780451479457
1 Book Review
  • hermionereader
    hermionereaderFriday, January 8, 2021 at 3:01 pm55 stars
    I already reviewed this book, but I'm making a new review now that I've finished it. Let me tell you, this is officially my new favorite book. Ever. It has left such an impact on me, and I'm so extremely glad I found it. If you feel confused with your best friend sometimes, or maybe you've dealt with a friend who has ditched you before, this book is for you! I related to it so much and learned an insane amount of stuff on how I can become stronger next time a fight happens! The book is about a girl named Niki who has been best friends with a girl named Ava since third grade. Niki felt so happy when she met Ava because she was so naturally cool, and she had been, like, accepted by this cool person! That ends one day at PE though when Ava decides to go off with one of the popular girls apart of the "Squad" instead. Niki is so confused and hurt. Ava continues to hurt Niki, and when Niki rekindles a friendship with someone she knew before meeting Ava, she finally sees who her true friends are. She builds the strength to know she's good enough, and finally sees that she deserves more than she's getting.