Review: How I Survived Middle School: Can You Get an F in Lunch? by Nancy Krulik


Title: How I Survived Middle School: Can You Get an F in Lunch?

Author: Nancy Krulik

Publisher: Scholastic

ISBN: 978-0439025553


May Contain Spoilers

The first volume of the How I survived Middle School series is a superfast read.  Though it doesn’t cover any new ground when it comes to school melodramas, Jenny, the protagonist, is immensely likable, and I could instantly relate to her.  Though she is a little slow to accept that her former BFF has abandoned her so she can hang with the most popular kids at school,  Jenny is feisty and doesn’t put up with the crappy way that Addie is treating her and her other friends from elementary school.

Change is never an easy thing, and when Addie gives her the cold shoulder and starts making fun of her, Jenny is perplexed.  They have been friends for years and years!  How could a summer apart change that?  If there was one thing that Jenny thought she could believe in, it was that she and Addie would always be friends.  Jenny has a painful lesson to learn.  Time doesn’t stand still, and it doesn’t matter how badly you want things to remain the same. 

Nancy Krulik’s narrative sucked me right into the story, and I finished this in one short sitting.  Jenny’s struggle to understand what went wrong with her friendship, the one constant she thought she had in life, was very relatable, and her confusion rang true.  I especially enjoyed how she refused to just sit back and listen as Addie made fun of her old friends. This is a perfect read when you need to de-stress,

Grade: B

Review copy obtained from library

5 thoughts on “Review: How I Survived Middle School: Can You Get an F in Lunch? by Nancy Krulik

  • September 7, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    This looks adorable! Think I’m gonna have to go & check it out. Thanks for the great review (plus, it’s a good one for me to recommend to my students!).

  • September 7, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    @Mary – I was surprised by how much I liked it. It was a fun book.

  • October 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    this is such a surprising book
    you are a great author Nancy Krulik!!!!!!!!!!

  • July 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I thought Middle School Survival was boring, un interesting, a waste of time and paper. It’s plot and story line is boring and cliche. The characters are not well defined and Nancy Krulik could have done a much better job

  • July 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

    @mystery girl – sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the book. I liked it enough to want to read more of the series.

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