Reviews for Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular

Booklist Reviews 2010 March #2
Amelia McBride and the gang return with new misadventures centered on Rhonda's campaign to not be unpopular. Armed with a self-help book, Rhonda sets out to remake herself and Amelia, with disastrous results (such as being chased by an angry mob of fellow students), as, among other things, the two friends try out for the cheerleading squad. Gownley's first new Amelia Rules! material in two years is just as full of preteen/tween angst and humor as ever and features an Archie Comics-style flashback to the teen years of Amelia's beloved aunt, Tanner. Amelia fans will love it, and new readers can enjoy it, too.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
Comics star Amelia McBride returns for another misadventure, as she and her friends attempt to become popular by following advice from the title book. Though there's no didacticism to be found, Amelia s choices show that she's figuring out how to do right, not just shooting for popularity. Exaggerated facial expressions and varied comic-panel illustrations support and develop the story's humor. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 March #1

Gownley's charming series about Amelia and her everyday struggles with school, family, and friends returns in his first new graphic novel with Amelia grown up a bit. She's now worried about that classic concern: how to be popular, or whether it's even worth it. Amelia, now more of a young woman, less of a child, and Rhonda (of the crazy hair) put up with snubs from the popular blondes and try out for cheerleading in an attempt to jump a few rungs on the social ladder. The book takes time to get going, with a lot of hinting at what's going to happen and mixing up the time flow to artificially induce excitement, but later on, the author's insightful observations of daily kid life are allowed to shine. Rhonda's simple but powerful transformation is a particularly telling moment. Gownley's mimicry and comic allusions are again on display, as Aunt Tanner (the best character for her combination of adult wisdom and youthful energy) tells a tale of her teen years that uncannily resembles an Archie comic. Engaging characters and lively art should capture readers new and old. Ages 9-12. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 May

Gr 4-7--Amelia McBride returns in an all new, hilarious adventure to learn some hard truths. She finds out that some people will never be popular, but that they don't have to be unpopular. When a mistake involving space suits turns Amelia and her friend Rhonda into social outcasts, they consult The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular. In their quest to be "normal," she and her pals try out new hairstyles, attitudes, and friends, with their now-recognizable humor and spirit. They straddle that strange line between childhood and adolescence, wanting to be cool but ending up racing down the hill in a wheelbarrow. The dialogue is effortless and evokes laughter on every page. That alone is reason to read the book, but Gownley's ability to give his heroine such earnestness and thoughtfulness is what sets this story apart. Both Amelia's mother and her aunt play important parts in her life and avoid being shoved to the side. The full-color illustrations will elicit giggles all on their own. Whether for a library stocked with earlier Amelia books or one without, this is an essential purchase.--Sadie Mattox, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA

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