You Go First

You Go First

Funny and poignant, You Go First by 2018 Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly is an engaging exploration of family, spelling, art, bullying, and the ever-complicated world of middle school friendships. Erin Entrada Kelly?s perfectly pitched tween voice will resonate with fans of Kate DiCamillo?s Raymie Nightingale and Thanhha Lai?s Inside Out and Back Again. Twelve-year-old Funny and poignant, You Go First by 2018 Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly is an engaging exploration of famil...

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Title:You Go First
Author:Erin Entrada Kelly
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0062414186
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

You Go First Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    May 01, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

  • Renata
    May 23, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

  • Laura Gardner
    Oct 02, 2017

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

  • Sarah
    Feb 27, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

  • DaNae
    May 17, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

  • Shenwei
    Apr 28, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

  • Laurie
    Feb 24, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

  • Joshua Whiting
    Apr 10, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...

    In, You Go First, the story takes place over the course of one week, and alternates between Charlotte and Ben. They?re both middle school students, living in different parts of the country, who compete against each other in an online Scrabble game. Over the course of the week both of...

    ?One friend can make all the difference.? ?? ...

    Truly a magical book! The story of online scrabble buddies Charlotte and Ben, who are each going through friend and family issues is simply brilliant storytelling at its best. I couldn't put it down. A classic. ...

    So well done. ...

    A cute story about friendship. I would have rated it higher but i suspect this is a book that adults think children like but it wouldn't be as enjoyable as a 3rd or 4th grade reader. ...

    You Go First is a truly wonderful book about two preteen kids navigating the frustrating, and at times unfair, world of middle school - including a backstabbing best friend - what a betrayal!, brutal bullies, and family traumas (one's parents are divorcing and the other's dad had a hea...

    review coming shortly :) xx ...

    You Go First By Erin Entrada Kelly Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network, @erinentrada and @harpercollinsus for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Charlotte (Lottie Lock) and Ben Boxer are very different. Lottie lives in Pennsylvania and Ben in Louisiana,...

    Two online friends end up confiding more to one another when each of their worlds gets turned upside down. Great voices. A delightful read. ...

    I loved Hello, Universe, and I like playing online Scrabble, so I hoped I would like this story, but I felt disappointed, maybe even almost betrayed by it. In Hello, Universe, the various characters were unique and very different from one another. In this novel, the two main charact...

    Maybe 4.5? It's not quite Hello, Universe, but it is solid. Perhaps a real review is to come. ...

  • Richie Partington
    Jan 18, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

  • Emily
    Feb 11, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Apr 25, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...

    In, You Go First, the story takes place over the course of one week, and alternates between Charlotte and Ben. They?re both middle school students, living in different parts of the country, who compete against each other in an online Scrabble game. Over the course of the week both of...

    ?One friend can make all the difference.? ?? ...

    Truly a magical book! The story of online scrabble buddies Charlotte and Ben, who are each going through friend and family issues is simply brilliant storytelling at its best. I couldn't put it down. A classic. ...

    So well done. ...

  • Brittany
    Apr 19, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...

  • Jill Farr
    Apr 22, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...

    In, You Go First, the story takes place over the course of one week, and alternates between Charlotte and Ben. They?re both middle school students, living in different parts of the country, who compete against each other in an online Scrabble game. Over the course of the week both of...

    ?One friend can make all the difference.? ?? ...

  • Patrick
    Feb 05, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

  • Erica
    Mar 09, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...

    In, You Go First, the story takes place over the course of one week, and alternates between Charlotte and Ben. They?re both middle school students, living in different parts of the country, who compete against each other in an online Scrabble game. Over the course of the week both of...

    ?One friend can make all the difference.? ?? ...

    Truly a magical book! The story of online scrabble buddies Charlotte and Ben, who are each going through friend and family issues is simply brilliant storytelling at its best. I couldn't put it down. A classic. ...

    So well done. ...

    A cute story about friendship. I would have rated it higher but i suspect this is a book that adults think children like but it wouldn't be as enjoyable as a 3rd or 4th grade reader. ...

    You Go First is a truly wonderful book about two preteen kids navigating the frustrating, and at times unfair, world of middle school - including a backstabbing best friend - what a betrayal!, brutal bullies, and family traumas (one's parents are divorcing and the other's dad had a hea...

    review coming shortly :) xx ...

    You Go First By Erin Entrada Kelly Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network, @erinentrada and @harpercollinsus for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Charlotte (Lottie Lock) and Ben Boxer are very different. Lottie lives in Pennsylvania and Ben in Louisiana,...

    Two online friends end up confiding more to one another when each of their worlds gets turned upside down. Great voices. A delightful read. ...

    I loved Hello, Universe, and I like playing online Scrabble, so I hoped I would like this story, but I felt disappointed, maybe even almost betrayed by it. In Hello, Universe, the various characters were unique and very different from one another. In this novel, the two main charact...

  • Earl
    Apr 17, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...

    In, You Go First, the story takes place over the course of one week, and alternates between Charlotte and Ben. They?re both middle school students, living in different parts of the country, who compete against each other in an online Scrabble game. Over the course of the week both of...

    ?One friend can make all the difference.? ?? ...

    Truly a magical book! The story of online scrabble buddies Charlotte and Ben, who are each going through friend and family issues is simply brilliant storytelling at its best. I couldn't put it down. A classic. ...

    So well done. ...

    A cute story about friendship. I would have rated it higher but i suspect this is a book that adults think children like but it wouldn't be as enjoyable as a 3rd or 4th grade reader. ...

    You Go First is a truly wonderful book about two preteen kids navigating the frustrating, and at times unfair, world of middle school - including a backstabbing best friend - what a betrayal!, brutal bullies, and family traumas (one's parents are divorcing and the other's dad had a hea...

    review coming shortly :) xx ...

    You Go First By Erin Entrada Kelly Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network, @erinentrada and @harpercollinsus for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Charlotte (Lottie Lock) and Ben Boxer are very different. Lottie lives in Pennsylvania and Ben in Louisiana,...

    Two online friends end up confiding more to one another when each of their worlds gets turned upside down. Great voices. A delightful read. ...

  • ☺Trish
    May 14, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...

    In, You Go First, the story takes place over the course of one week, and alternates between Charlotte and Ben. They?re both middle school students, living in different parts of the country, who compete against each other in an online Scrabble game. Over the course of the week both of...

    ?One friend can make all the difference.? ?? ...

    Truly a magical book! The story of online scrabble buddies Charlotte and Ben, who are each going through friend and family issues is simply brilliant storytelling at its best. I couldn't put it down. A classic. ...

    So well done. ...

    A cute story about friendship. I would have rated it higher but i suspect this is a book that adults think children like but it wouldn't be as enjoyable as a 3rd or 4th grade reader. ...

    You Go First is a truly wonderful book about two preteen kids navigating the frustrating, and at times unfair, world of middle school - including a backstabbing best friend - what a betrayal!, brutal bullies, and family traumas (one's parents are divorcing and the other's dad had a hea...

  • Susan
    Dec 05, 2017

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...

    In, You Go First, the story takes place over the course of one week, and alternates between Charlotte and Ben. They?re both middle school students, living in different parts of the country, who compete against each other in an online Scrabble game. Over the course of the week both of...

    ?One friend can make all the difference.? ?? ...

    Truly a magical book! The story of online scrabble buddies Charlotte and Ben, who are each going through friend and family issues is simply brilliant storytelling at its best. I couldn't put it down. A classic. ...

    So well done. ...

    A cute story about friendship. I would have rated it higher but i suspect this is a book that adults think children like but it wouldn't be as enjoyable as a 3rd or 4th grade reader. ...

    You Go First is a truly wonderful book about two preteen kids navigating the frustrating, and at times unfair, world of middle school - including a backstabbing best friend - what a betrayal!, brutal bullies, and family traumas (one's parents are divorcing and the other's dad had a hea...

    review coming shortly :) xx ...

    You Go First By Erin Entrada Kelly Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network, @erinentrada and @harpercollinsus for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Charlotte (Lottie Lock) and Ben Boxer are very different. Lottie lives in Pennsylvania and Ben in Louisiana,...

  • Hilary Scroggie
    Feb 20, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

  • Kate Olson
    Nov 16, 2017

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

  • Christine
    May 16, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...

    In, You Go First, the story takes place over the course of one week, and alternates between Charlotte and Ben. They?re both middle school students, living in different parts of the country, who compete against each other in an online Scrabble game. Over the course of the week both of...

    ?One friend can make all the difference.? ?? ...

    Truly a magical book! The story of online scrabble buddies Charlotte and Ben, who are each going through friend and family issues is simply brilliant storytelling at its best. I couldn't put it down. A classic. ...

    So well done. ...

    A cute story about friendship. I would have rated it higher but i suspect this is a book that adults think children like but it wouldn't be as enjoyable as a 3rd or 4th grade reader. ...

  • Mary
    Sep 15, 2017

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...

    In, You Go First, the story takes place over the course of one week, and alternates between Charlotte and Ben. They?re both middle school students, living in different parts of the country, who compete against each other in an online Scrabble game. Over the course of the week both of...

    ?One friend can make all the difference.? ?? ...

    Truly a magical book! The story of online scrabble buddies Charlotte and Ben, who are each going through friend and family issues is simply brilliant storytelling at its best. I couldn't put it down. A classic. ...

    So well done. ...

    A cute story about friendship. I would have rated it higher but i suspect this is a book that adults think children like but it wouldn't be as enjoyable as a 3rd or 4th grade reader. ...

    You Go First is a truly wonderful book about two preteen kids navigating the frustrating, and at times unfair, world of middle school - including a backstabbing best friend - what a betrayal!, brutal bullies, and family traumas (one's parents are divorcing and the other's dad had a hea...

    review coming shortly :) xx ...

    You Go First By Erin Entrada Kelly Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network, @erinentrada and @harpercollinsus for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Charlotte (Lottie Lock) and Ben Boxer are very different. Lottie lives in Pennsylvania and Ben in Louisiana,...

    Two online friends end up confiding more to one another when each of their worlds gets turned upside down. Great voices. A delightful read. ...

    I loved Hello, Universe, and I like playing online Scrabble, so I hoped I would like this story, but I felt disappointed, maybe even almost betrayed by it. In Hello, Universe, the various characters were unique and very different from one another. In this novel, the two main charact...

    Maybe 4.5? It's not quite Hello, Universe, but it is solid. Perhaps a real review is to come. ...

    I seriously cannot get enough of Erin Entrada Kelly's books! Her books, and writing, just get better and better. This book is about relationships: friends, family, one's self. We have two voices, Ben in Louisiana and Charlotte in Pennsylvania. They aren't close friends, playing online ...

  • Vicky the Cat Lady
    May 01, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...

    In, You Go First, the story takes place over the course of one week, and alternates between Charlotte and Ben. They?re both middle school students, living in different parts of the country, who compete against each other in an online Scrabble game. Over the course of the week both of...

    ?One friend can make all the difference.? ?? ...

    Truly a magical book! The story of online scrabble buddies Charlotte and Ben, who are each going through friend and family issues is simply brilliant storytelling at its best. I couldn't put it down. A classic. ...

    So well done. ...

    A cute story about friendship. I would have rated it higher but i suspect this is a book that adults think children like but it wouldn't be as enjoyable as a 3rd or 4th grade reader. ...

    You Go First is a truly wonderful book about two preteen kids navigating the frustrating, and at times unfair, world of middle school - including a backstabbing best friend - what a betrayal!, brutal bullies, and family traumas (one's parents are divorcing and the other's dad had a hea...

    review coming shortly :) xx ...

  • Leonard Kim
    May 01, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

  • Wendy MacKnight
    Apr 20, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...

    In, You Go First, the story takes place over the course of one week, and alternates between Charlotte and Ben. They?re both middle school students, living in different parts of the country, who compete against each other in an online Scrabble game. Over the course of the week both of...

    ?One friend can make all the difference.? ?? ...

    Truly a magical book! The story of online scrabble buddies Charlotte and Ben, who are each going through friend and family issues is simply brilliant storytelling at its best. I couldn't put it down. A classic. ...

  • Karen Parisot
    Apr 10, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

    I do bare witness to the 'peripheral kids', who never seem to find their place in the school hierarchy. My heart goes out to them. And while their struggle is shown in this book, I had a hard time connecting with the two protagonists. ...

    A great spotlight on how hard it can be to fit in during middle school, especially if you're the kid smarter than all the rest or the kid dubbed "the biggest dork." Wonderful recommendation for grades 5+. ...

    In, You Go First, the story takes place over the course of one week, and alternates between Charlotte and Ben. They?re both middle school students, living in different parts of the country, who compete against each other in an online Scrabble game. Over the course of the week both of...

  • Julie Kirchner
    Apr 13, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

    My reaction was more like 1.5 stars but I listened to the audiobook and not really caring for the narration played into my reaction, so I am giving some benefit of the doubt that this might work better on the page. I thought this was too essentially similar to Hello Universe and yet al...

    I LOVED this, oh my gosh. The character voices are so strong and it's such a moving story that so perfectly conveys all the little moments that are so important to middle school life (and life in general). Great for tweens looking for contemporary sad-ish stories. And adults who like c...

    Charlotte and Ben are two middle school students who are struggling with friends and family stress. They connect through an online Scrabble game and this new friendship becomes invaluable as the chaos in each of their lives seems to spin out of control. A great story about navigating l...

  • Eva
    May 10, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

  • Maggie Menkus
    May 20, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...

    I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise su...

    Charlotte?s dad has a heart attack. Ben?s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out! ...

    Sometimes in middle school the biggest things and the smallest things end up being the same size to your heart. ...

    nterest Level: 3-6 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What if you were having all kinds of problems in your home life and at school but you didn't have a best friend to talk to? Or what if you...

    Sweet young middle-school story of two bright, quirky kids undergoing tough times with (mild) family problems and bullying. Very readable and relatable. My only issue with it is that the bullying it portrays is fairly generic...I'm sure there is plenty of the "mean cool popular kids sl...

    This realistic fiction book is a sweet story about the complications of middle school, and how relationships change in our lives. Whether it is a close friend or a parent divorce, this change rocks our world! This was an easy book to read as there were short chapters and each starte...

  • Amanda Williams
    May 06, 2018

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a quiet book about the power of connections when you are feeling alone - just having ONE person to connect with can be life saving and life changing. Charlotte and Ben are both...

    Richie?s Picks: YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2 ?A gas? -- 1960s slang for having a lot of fun ?Ain?t it good to know that you?ve got a friend When people can be so cold? They?ll hurt you and desert you?...

    Over the course of six days two preteens engaged in an online Scrabble game both undergo major life changes. Both Charlotte and Ben are sans friends IRL (that's in real life for the uninitiated.) Both are bright and inquisitive youngsters, sticking out like sore thumbs in a land popula...

    Ahhh this book got me in the feels! Erin Entrada Kelly is a master of that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who live for character-driven stories (like meeee)...

    4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelph...

    touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracization, bullying, friendship, etc. loved the structure of the book in terms of POV switches, the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related ...

    Tugs at the heart! ...