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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Read
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2021
My 12 y/o daughter really enjoys the writing style of this author. She started reading this book mid day on a Saturday and didn't put it down until she'd read the last sentence on Saturday evening. We went shopping and out to eat and she could not put it down. Since we were spending time together that afternoon, I asked her to read it aloud to me and I too was hanging on to every chapter. I was thought provoking and educational. I would ask my daughter "what do you think about that?" or "How would you have handled that situation?" just to engage in my child's understanding of the content. I was blown away by the responses. It helped me to engage in real world topics and measure where my daughter's understanding of those topics were and/or what level of conversation I needed to engage with my tween daughter. My daughter loved the book and I loved that she loved the book and how I was able to connect and parent her in these times.
Am I the author? Yes I am! Am I shamelessly giving my book 5 stars? Another yes! Lookit I had a blast writing this book that looks at the oddballs, the kids who feel left out—I was that kid. But I also wanted to explore what happens to the student athletes whose future is tied up in being an athlete and then they get injured. And I wanted to look at contentious school name changes. And do you get those alerts from the local police telling you about an elderly person wandering off? Me too! And I wondered about how those families feel when their loved one is out there and they don’t know where. This is how I write. I wonder about lots and lots of things and put it in a book. Of course friendship and how it works and how it sometimes doesn’t is once again at the heart of one of my books because that’s my holy grail. I hope you’ll like STS. I did!
Lisa Moore Ramée has done it again with another story of family, friendship, and personal growth! Readers will root for Jenae from the very first pages. I loved watching her friendships grow and the way Jenae found her voice through the course of the book. I also really loved reading the parts about Sylvia Mendez. The parts with Jenae’s brother Malcolm and grandfather Gee also had my heart. So much to love about this wonderful book!
5.0 out of 5 starsCharming Characters and a Compelling Story--Highly Recommend!
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2020
SOMETHING TO SAY by Lisa Moore Ramée is such a lovely multi-generational story with a focus on family and friends. Eleven-year-old Jenae may be a loner by choice, but new kid Aubrey refuses to get that message. Nothing's going to stop him from being her friend. And she can't help but be drawn to his outgoing and upbeat personality.
I'm so smitten with Aubrey. He's such a genuine, caring human. And Jenae is so earnest and worried--over her brother, her grandfather, her school. They are two of my favorite characters ever.
Books by Ramée are like that. Her characters are real and delightful. It makes me happy to settle into whatever world she decides to create for her readers. SOMETHING TO SAY really does have something to say, about being a good friend family member, about overcoming fears, and about coping with bad things.
I'm quite sure that other readers will fall in love with this novel. I already was a fan of Ramée's. Her debut novel, A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE, was a triumph with fabulous characters and an important topic (Black Lives Matter). Now, in SOMETHING TO SAY, I've found a whole new cast of characters to fall in love with. Highly recommend!
Jenae is about to start junior high and is content with keeping to herself as she has in all the years past, but she’s never met someone like Aubrey. SOMETHING TO SAY by Lisa Moore Ramée is an inspiring and empowering story about overcoming social anxiety and finding your voice. Jenae and Aubrey are my absolute new favorite pair! There is so much to their friendship beyond their mutual Astrid Dane fandom. I love how supportive Aubrey is to Jenae when they are tasked to prepare for a debate in English class. Lisa Moore Ramée easily incorporates current events and the necessary discussions of renaming schools named after racist historical figures. Seamlessly intertwined is Jenae’s intergenerational family dynamic and her desire to make things right with her older brother. Important and accessible, SOMETHING TO SAY is a wholly relatable story that I can’t wait to discuss with my students.
5.0 out of 5 starsYoung character I most wanted to take a long walk with!
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2020
Lisa Moore-Ramee has once again brought to life a young woman whose inner life is as messy and compelling as any character written for this age group. Jenae is just so lovable. Moore-Ramee renders her confusion and struggles with self confidence juxtaposed with the struggles for recognition and acceptance in the society around her. This is a gentle and warm but also probing and smart story written in and reflective of our time. Wonderful read! Every 9 to 13 year old reader will see themselves and love this book.