So Done

So Done

When best friends Tai and Mila are reunited after a summer apart, their friendship threatens to combust from the pressure of secrets, middle school, and the looming dance auditions for a new talented-and-gifted program. Fans of Renée Watson?s Piecing Me Together will love this memorable story about a complex friendship between two very different African American girls?and t When best friends Tai and Mila are reunited after a summer apart, their friendship threatens to combust from the...

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Title:So Done
Author:Paula Chase
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0062691805
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

So Done Reviews

  • Melissa Sarno
    Sep 25, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

    "A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila?s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles] ...

    The lessons and message in this story are phenomenal. This is a book that needs to be in hands of so many as a mirror and window. My only disclaimer would be to make sure that the students whose hand you are putting it in is mature enough to handle the substance and/or are not currentl...

    This book is really really good so go read or listen to it immediately. Also if you are not a youth have Google at the ready because you're about to feel really old and will need Google's help with some of the text speak and slang. ...

    So (well) Done! ...

    I hadn?t read a young adult book in years and this one didn?t disappoint. If you like young adult books, you would probably enjoy this one. ...

    Bold and smart with dialogue that ticks and wonderfully complex characters. ...

  • Kelly
    Jul 01, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

  • Donalyn
    Sep 25, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

  • Kym
    Aug 11, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

  • Cindy
    Nov 02, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

  • Amanda Rawson Hill
    Apr 17, 2019

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

    "A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila?s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles] ...

    The lessons and message in this story are phenomenal. This is a book that needs to be in hands of so many as a mirror and window. My only disclaimer would be to make sure that the students whose hand you are putting it in is mature enough to handle the substance and/or are not currentl...

    This book is really really good so go read or listen to it immediately. Also if you are not a youth have Google at the ready because you're about to feel really old and will need Google's help with some of the text speak and slang. ...

    So (well) Done! ...

  • CC
    Jan 08, 2019

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

  • Amy!
    Apr 07, 2019

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    Jul 03, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

  • Andrea
    Sep 05, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

    "A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila?s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles] ...

    The lessons and message in this story are phenomenal. This is a book that needs to be in hands of so many as a mirror and window. My only disclaimer would be to make sure that the students whose hand you are putting it in is mature enough to handle the substance and/or are not currentl...

    This book is really really good so go read or listen to it immediately. Also if you are not a youth have Google at the ready because you're about to feel really old and will need Google's help with some of the text speak and slang. ...

    So (well) Done! ...

    I hadn?t read a young adult book in years and this one didn?t disappoint. If you like young adult books, you would probably enjoy this one. ...

    Bold and smart with dialogue that ticks and wonderfully complex characters. ...

    This is the story of two young soon to be 8th graders. I enjoyed the character development of both characters and loved the strength both girls had. ...

    this audiobook review was prepared for and appears in AudioFile Magazine. Tai and Mila have always been best friends, but differing interests threaten to break them apart in the weeks leading up to the start of eighth grade. Though the audiobook alternates viewpoints between the two...

    Awesome book!!!!! ...

    Two friends try to navigate the changes in their friendship after the father of one touches the other when the three are alone one day. ...

    Intermediate, realistic fiction, friendship, coming of age I look forward to recommending this book to my middle school kids. I seek out books where they can see themselves in the characters. This is one of those books. ...

    I enjoyed this story. One of the characters was less likable to me, but by the end, I found both characters realistic and likable. I enjoyed watching their friendship evolve and their passions come out. The ending was good; it was good of them to take action and confront the issue that...

  • Shira
    Sep 21, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

    "A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila?s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles] ...

    The lessons and message in this story are phenomenal. This is a book that needs to be in hands of so many as a mirror and window. My only disclaimer would be to make sure that the students whose hand you are putting it in is mature enough to handle the substance and/or are not currentl...

    This book is really really good so go read or listen to it immediately. Also if you are not a youth have Google at the ready because you're about to feel really old and will need Google's help with some of the text speak and slang. ...

    So (well) Done! ...

    I hadn?t read a young adult book in years and this one didn?t disappoint. If you like young adult books, you would probably enjoy this one. ...

    Bold and smart with dialogue that ticks and wonderfully complex characters. ...

    This is the story of two young soon to be 8th graders. I enjoyed the character development of both characters and loved the strength both girls had. ...

    this audiobook review was prepared for and appears in AudioFile Magazine. Tai and Mila have always been best friends, but differing interests threaten to break them apart in the weeks leading up to the start of eighth grade. Though the audiobook alternates viewpoints between the two...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Jun 09, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

    "A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila?s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles] ...

    The lessons and message in this story are phenomenal. This is a book that needs to be in hands of so many as a mirror and window. My only disclaimer would be to make sure that the students whose hand you are putting it in is mature enough to handle the substance and/or are not currentl...

    This book is really really good so go read or listen to it immediately. Also if you are not a youth have Google at the ready because you're about to feel really old and will need Google's help with some of the text speak and slang. ...

    So (well) Done! ...

    I hadn?t read a young adult book in years and this one didn?t disappoint. If you like young adult books, you would probably enjoy this one. ...

    Bold and smart with dialogue that ticks and wonderfully complex characters. ...

    This is the story of two young soon to be 8th graders. I enjoyed the character development of both characters and loved the strength both girls had. ...

    this audiobook review was prepared for and appears in AudioFile Magazine. Tai and Mila have always been best friends, but differing interests threaten to break them apart in the weeks leading up to the start of eighth grade. Though the audiobook alternates viewpoints between the two...

    Awesome book!!!!! ...

    Two friends try to navigate the changes in their friendship after the father of one touches the other when the three are alone one day. ...

    Intermediate, realistic fiction, friendship, coming of age I look forward to recommending this book to my middle school kids. I seek out books where they can see themselves in the characters. This is one of those books. ...

    I enjoyed this story. One of the characters was less likable to me, but by the end, I found both characters realistic and likable. I enjoyed watching their friendship evolve and their passions come out. The ending was good; it was good of them to take action and confront the issue that...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Bean and Tai are neighbors in a low-income housing project and have been friends for a very long time, but recently things have been strained between them. Tai hopes that when Bean returns from spending the summer with her aunt and sister in the suburbs and t...

  • Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
    Mar 26, 2019

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

    "A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila?s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles] ...

  • Carla Riemer
    Sep 04, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

  • Liz
    Oct 17, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

    "A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila?s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles] ...

    The lessons and message in this story are phenomenal. This is a book that needs to be in hands of so many as a mirror and window. My only disclaimer would be to make sure that the students whose hand you are putting it in is mature enough to handle the substance and/or are not currentl...

    This book is really really good so go read or listen to it immediately. Also if you are not a youth have Google at the ready because you're about to feel really old and will need Google's help with some of the text speak and slang. ...

  • Sarah Moore
    Aug 27, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

  • Lanora TM
    Sep 16, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

    "A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila?s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles] ...

    The lessons and message in this story are phenomenal. This is a book that needs to be in hands of so many as a mirror and window. My only disclaimer would be to make sure that the students whose hand you are putting it in is mature enough to handle the substance and/or are not currentl...

    This book is really really good so go read or listen to it immediately. Also if you are not a youth have Google at the ready because you're about to feel really old and will need Google's help with some of the text speak and slang. ...

    So (well) Done! ...

    I hadn?t read a young adult book in years and this one didn?t disappoint. If you like young adult books, you would probably enjoy this one. ...

    Bold and smart with dialogue that ticks and wonderfully complex characters. ...

    This is the story of two young soon to be 8th graders. I enjoyed the character development of both characters and loved the strength both girls had. ...

  • Kathie
    Aug 17, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

  • Jazmen
    Aug 10, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

  • Tracie
    Sep 11, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

    "A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila?s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles] ...

    The lessons and message in this story are phenomenal. This is a book that needs to be in hands of so many as a mirror and window. My only disclaimer would be to make sure that the students whose hand you are putting it in is mature enough to handle the substance and/or are not currentl...

    This book is really really good so go read or listen to it immediately. Also if you are not a youth have Google at the ready because you're about to feel really old and will need Google's help with some of the text speak and slang. ...

    So (well) Done! ...

    I hadn?t read a young adult book in years and this one didn?t disappoint. If you like young adult books, you would probably enjoy this one. ...

    Bold and smart with dialogue that ticks and wonderfully complex characters. ...

    This is the story of two young soon to be 8th graders. I enjoyed the character development of both characters and loved the strength both girls had. ...

    this audiobook review was prepared for and appears in AudioFile Magazine. Tai and Mila have always been best friends, but differing interests threaten to break them apart in the weeks leading up to the start of eighth grade. Though the audiobook alternates viewpoints between the two...

    Awesome book!!!!! ...

    Two friends try to navigate the changes in their friendship after the father of one touches the other when the three are alone one day. ...

  • Lizanne Johnson
    Sep 09, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

    "A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila?s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles] ...

    The lessons and message in this story are phenomenal. This is a book that needs to be in hands of so many as a mirror and window. My only disclaimer would be to make sure that the students whose hand you are putting it in is mature enough to handle the substance and/or are not currentl...

    This book is really really good so go read or listen to it immediately. Also if you are not a youth have Google at the ready because you're about to feel really old and will need Google's help with some of the text speak and slang. ...

    So (well) Done! ...

    I hadn?t read a young adult book in years and this one didn?t disappoint. If you like young adult books, you would probably enjoy this one. ...

    Bold and smart with dialogue that ticks and wonderfully complex characters. ...

    This is the story of two young soon to be 8th graders. I enjoyed the character development of both characters and loved the strength both girls had. ...

    this audiobook review was prepared for and appears in AudioFile Magazine. Tai and Mila have always been best friends, but differing interests threaten to break them apart in the weeks leading up to the start of eighth grade. Though the audiobook alternates viewpoints between the two...

    Awesome book!!!!! ...

    Two friends try to navigate the changes in their friendship after the father of one touches the other when the three are alone one day. ...

    Intermediate, realistic fiction, friendship, coming of age I look forward to recommending this book to my middle school kids. I seek out books where they can see themselves in the characters. This is one of those books. ...

  • Leonard Kim
    Dec 11, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

  • Afoma Umesi
    Sep 09, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

  • Kristen
    Mar 07, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

  • Catherine Rowland
    Jan 19, 2019

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

    "A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila?s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles] ...

    The lessons and message in this story are phenomenal. This is a book that needs to be in hands of so many as a mirror and window. My only disclaimer would be to make sure that the students whose hand you are putting it in is mature enough to handle the substance and/or are not currentl...

    This book is really really good so go read or listen to it immediately. Also if you are not a youth have Google at the ready because you're about to feel really old and will need Google's help with some of the text speak and slang. ...

    So (well) Done! ...

    I hadn?t read a young adult book in years and this one didn?t disappoint. If you like young adult books, you would probably enjoy this one. ...

  • Lucélia
    Feb 26, 2019

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

  • Cassie Thomas
    Sep 19, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

    "A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila?s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles] ...

    The lessons and message in this story are phenomenal. This is a book that needs to be in hands of so many as a mirror and window. My only disclaimer would be to make sure that the students whose hand you are putting it in is mature enough to handle the substance and/or are not currentl...

  • Karen McKenna
    Apr 01, 2019

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

  • Samadhi
    Sep 13, 2018

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...

    MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch. Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the ...

    Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has nev...

    I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the ...

    3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend,...

    These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being f...

    A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before?drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assa...

    "A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila?s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles] ...

    The lessons and message in this story are phenomenal. This is a book that needs to be in hands of so many as a mirror and window. My only disclaimer would be to make sure that the students whose hand you are putting it in is mature enough to handle the substance and/or are not currentl...

    This book is really really good so go read or listen to it immediately. Also if you are not a youth have Google at the ready because you're about to feel really old and will need Google's help with some of the text speak and slang. ...

    So (well) Done! ...

    I hadn?t read a young adult book in years and this one didn?t disappoint. If you like young adult books, you would probably enjoy this one. ...

    Bold and smart with dialogue that ticks and wonderfully complex characters. ...

    This is the story of two young soon to be 8th graders. I enjoyed the character development of both characters and loved the strength both girls had. ...

    this audiobook review was prepared for and appears in AudioFile Magazine. Tai and Mila have always been best friends, but differing interests threaten to break them apart in the weeks leading up to the start of eighth grade. Though the audiobook alternates viewpoints between the two...

    Awesome book!!!!! ...

  • Mwinchester97
    Mar 17, 2019

    I?m not a middle-grade reader. It?s mostly because I?m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I?m so far removed from. I haven?t been a middle grader?since a middle grader has been me. But, Chase told a story that?s rela...

    Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships. ...

    If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha ...

    Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or abo...

    When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thi...

    Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls ...

    A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together. ...

    Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mil...

    The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love...

    Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that?s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read. ...

    Is their friendship over? TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use. Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to ...