Reviews for Meaning of Life...and Other Stuff

Booklist Reviews 2011 September #2
Amelia's life has gotten very confusing. With cheerleading and crushes and school and near tragedies to deal with, is it any wonder she sometimes longs to be younger again? The seventh book in the Amelia Rules series is as well written and beautifully illustrated as readers have come to expect. Amelia and her friends are heading into middle school, and puberty is lurking, but the books remain a kid-friendly mix of humor and realism. This volume builds on the previous stories, so libraries will want to update and fill in their collections, especially now that the publisher is rereleasing the entire set. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
Amelia McBride continues to face life's challenges head-on--and with humor. In Happy she learns more about her former-rocker aunt's past. Superheroes brings a new friend with a secret. Present dives into a box of family photos and mementos. Life gets philosophical. The humor and tumult of the transitional middle-grade years are tenderly explored in these well-illustrated graphic novels. [Review covers these Amelia Rules! titles: The Meaning of Life...and Other Stuff, Superheroes, What Makes You Happy, and When the Past Is a Present.]

Kirkus Reviews 2011 July #2

A standout graphic-novel series continues on its well-thought-out path.

Precocious preteen Amelia McBride returns in a relatively somber seventh volume, in which she encounters her first adolescent existential crisis. Though she spends her days as Princess Powerful hanging with her superhero friends, G.A.S.P. (the Gathering of Awesome Super Pals), young Amelia is growing up and now straddles the line between angst-ridden adolescence and her fading carefree childhood. For the first time in her young life, she realizes that nothing is permanent, and not everything is fair: Her parents' marriage has dissolved into divorce; her friend's father is fighting in Afghanistan, which affects their relationship; her school's principal treats her unjustly and even her beloved rock-star Aunt Tanner, whom she counted on for support, is now on tour. Though it is a slender volume, Gownley does not shy away from tough topics, presenting them in a way that is both approachable and understandable to kids. Reminiscent of an illustrated Alice McKinley, Amelia is growing up with her readership and taking them along on her often bumpy voyage. With all of the tribulations Amelia must deal with, she paints an accurate portrait of what preteens must deal with and how fast they sometimes have to grow up.

Well done; here's to the next installment. (Graphic fiction. 9-13) 

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