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From the award-winning author of George, the story of a boy named Rick who needs to explore his own identity apart from his jerk of a best friend. 

Rick's never questioned much. He's gone along with his best friend Jeff even when Jeff's acted like a bully and a jerk. He's let his father joke with him about which hot girls he might want to date even though that kind of talk always makes him uncomfortable. And he hasn't given his own identity much thought, because everyone else around him seemed to have figured it out. 

But now Rick's gotten to middle school, and new doors are opening. One of them leads to the school's Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities congregate, including Melissa, the girl who sits in front of Rick in class and seems to have her life together. Rick wants his own life to be that...understood. Even if it means breaking some old friendships and making some new ones. 

As they did in their groundbreaking novel George, in Rick, award-winning author Alex Gino explores what it means to search for your own place in the world...and all the steps you and the people around you need to take in order to get where you need to be.

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  • Veronique Briscoe-Pulliam
  • 23-04-20

the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this is so good but read george first I recomend this for every child and adult alex gino is the best author ever!!!!

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  • stone
  • 22-08-20

a story of identity and what friendships mean.

I absolutely love this story.
this writer is incredibly good at making very likable characters, to a degree I have seen very few able to do.
the grandfather character in particular made me smile every time he talked.

the voice acting is a little below the bar but it's nothing too big.

all and all it's an amazing read for any age.
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  • brandon
  • 17-04-22

powerful

I loved George, but this book, IMO, was even more powerful. Thank you for writing these books so I can share them in my classroom!

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  • Daedalus
  • 24-09-21

Propaganda appropriating the natural development as LGBTQ+ and confuse children

I read this book to give it a chance. I want my children to live in a world where they understand inclusivity, and the importance to respect peoples choices, and treat them with kindness even if they don’t understand the choices they see them make.

It started out with the main character experiencing typical 7th grade feelings and experiences that adolescence brings, Then it drops all pretense of being a story, and ends up being an education in confusion, appropriating normal human growth and development as LGTBQ ideas, luring the young reader into a snare of confusion and dogmatic rhetoric.