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Amelia Rules! Volume 7: The Meaning of Life... and Other Stuff (Amelia Rules! #7)

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Amelia McBride may be growing up, but she's feeling down. If there's one theme to her life, it's that nothing lasts: not her parents' marriage, not Aunt Tanner's support, not the clubhouse for the Gathering of Awesome Super Pals (G.A.S.P.), not even her new spot on the stupid cheerleading squad. And while she's learning all kinds of things about foot fungus, cheerwitches, ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (first published September 6th 2011)
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Mike Aragona
Oct 24, 2011 Mike Aragona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the fact that every time I read a new "Amelia" adventure I'm so taken in by the story and the characters, that I don't notice any morals or truths that are included in the message of the tales. By this point, the world is so "real" that I easily immerse myself into what's going on, living vicariously through their triumphs, trials and tribulations, and especially zany lives. And when the stories are as powerful as this one, it isn't until you close the back cover that you realize what an ...more
Jul 01, 2013 NaomiRuth rated it it was amazing
I cried some while reading Her Permanent Record... But for this one... Holy cow. I cried so much. It's just so true to life and touching and so many things. This is why I love middle grade books. Because the authors aren't afraid to talk about life, about real life, about how life sucks sometimes, about how people argue, about how scary it is, how hard life is, that people (adult people too) aren't perfect and unfair things happen and people let you down. But there are also good people, good fri ...more
Sep 20, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
This is the seventh book in the Amelia Rules! series by Jimmy Gownley. We recently discovered this series and our girls just love it - they will argue over who gets to read the books first. They are really into reading graphic novels right now and we all love that it features a strong female main character who has other strong women in her life. We haven't been able to get book #6 yet, so we skipped ahead (we just couldn't wait).

This book continues the story and has several sections highlightin
Dec 17, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Side splittingly hilarious... highly recommended for all ages.

Amelia's family and friends will take up permanent residence in your heart.

Wonderful all ages comic!

Amelia McBride may not be growing up, but she's feeling down. If there's one theme to her life, it's that nothing lasts: not her parents' marriage, not Aunt Tanner's support, not the clubhouse for the Gathering of Awesome Super Pals (G.A.S.P.), not even her new spot on the stupid cheerleading squad. And while she's learning all kinds of
Oct 05, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it
Sometimes it feels to me that when it comes to realistic stories about learning and growing the comic strip world for kids used to have some serious advantages over the comic book world for kids. Used to be that newspapers provided the primary way most kids read comic panels. Then comic pages started to stultify, reprinting the same dull strips ad nauseam, often long after the original creators died. After that the newspapers themselves started to drop as people moved to online content for their ...more
Brennan Chandler
Apr 03, 2015 Brennan Chandler rated it it was amazing
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I was very impressed with Jimmy Gownley’s graphic novel The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff. Amelia is a typical middle schools student with the same typical problems as middle school students today. Her parents are divorced, she has earned a reputation as a “bad kid”, and she faces how to help a friend whose father is serving in combat. These are all realistic things that middle school students in today’s society face. With all of the tribulations Amelia must deal wi
Whitney Church
Feb 21, 2015 Whitney Church rated it it was amazing
I should start by saying this is the first graphic novel I have read. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the format of a graphic novel, maybe they will be like ricotta cheese for me, an acquired taste. I'll keep trying, I think it will take some getting used to. I thought the story jumped around a lot. There are several main characters so that could be part of the reason. I also started in the middle of the series, this particular book grabbed my attention so I wanted to start with it. I do like the ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
A review of The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff-An Amelia Rules Book!
by Rachel Langenfeld
I could introduce the book by explaining to students that nobody is perfect. No one has a perfect life and we are all on a different journey. It is what you do to get through your struggles and rejoice when life is going well that really matter. Friends and family are so important and we need to keep them close to us. I would ask students to think about how they act when they are angry, upset and sad and ha
Feb 13, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This book is so cute cute is about a group ;of friends and their unique life's. The book is mainly about this girl named Amelia McBride and how she thinks nothing in her life is going the way she wants it to be. first her aunt doesn't answer her emails so she decide to read her aunts diaries in other to not feel that alone and also to realize some stress. I loved the stories of each kid how each one had their own problems and worries some were small problems but him or her were huge for example ...more
Annie Bastian
Jun 12, 2012 Annie Bastian rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book is on the Will Eisner Award list. This book would appeal to girls. Especially those who have had to go through struggles with friends and divorced parents.
Oct 22, 2015 Shandra rated it really liked it
Still a very nice balance of humor and thoughtfulness, and enjoyable as ever! Amelia does rule!
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Mar 06, 2012 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it really liked it
Sassy Amelia is back in another book that clearly shows Mr. Gownley remembers EXACTLY what it’s like to be in Middle School and figure out that really, “fair” just doesn’t exist. Amelia’s visiting the principal a little too often again…language, tardiness, mumbling under her breath, constantly testing the boundaries, etc.

Amelia finally asks her teacher, “Mr. Henderson? Can I ask you something? Why on earth would anyone want to be a teacher? I mean seriously…if I had to go to school every day for
Angel Charms
Sep 20, 2011 Angel Charms rated it liked it
Thanks to S&S Galley grab for the ARC.

To be fair, let me just say that I have not read the other Amelia Rules! Books, and this is the first time I have picked a comic book that isn’t Calvin and Hobbes or Betty and Veronica… It is from this standpoint that I write this review.
I have generally liked The Meaning of Life… and other stuff, it has a delightful and honest sense of humor and it has achieved to realistically portray the thinking of middle schoolers as they are confronted with issues
Nov 23, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: families with a relative/parent serving overseas, children with discipline issues
I love this series. Amelia is a great kid and her friends are awesome too. This is kind of the Gen-X Peanuts. Obviously the kids don't act like jaded slackers. What I mean is that the tone of this work is contemplative and the adults have a bit of a "cool" vibe going. There's also a fun reference to an early REM album as a chapter title. This one isn't my favorite in this long-running series, but it's a good stop-gap that allows the kids to take stock of where their lives are going as they get o ...more
Oct 27, 2012 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Citation: Amelia Rules! Volume 7: The Meaning of Life... and Other Stuff, by Jimmy Gownley. (Simon & Schuster Children’s, 2011). 147 p. Graphic Novel.

Summary: Amelia McBride is a precocious middle-schooler navigating the worlds of friends, the cheerleading team, her parents’ divorce and a relationship with her favorite aunt. While trying to prove that she’s not really the troublemaker her reputation implies, she learns the real value of friends who support her, and returning their support w
Sep 18, 2015 Jacey rated it really liked it
This graphic novel had so many great themes to it. Amelia is struggling with the idea that nothing lasts in her life and is trying to balance old friendships with new opportunities. By the end, she may not have figured out the meaning of life, but she has turned her life around again, realized the healing power of friendship, and discovered that she may not be so bad after all. It's an inspiring tale for younger teens who are trying to find their place in the world.
Jan 28, 2016 Angela rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book! I had never read a graphic book before but this was amazing. The illustrations for this book took you on an amazing adventure, although sometimes it was confusing to keep track of where I was at. This book was packed with so many great life lessons. This book teaches you that sometimes the most important thing in life is having friends that are willing to stick by your side.
Kristen Fiore
Feb 17, 2012 Kristen Fiore rated it it was amazing
For my second graphic novel, I wanted something funnier and less serious thank Anne Frank. The Meaning of Life by Jimmy Gownley was perfect. It was about a girl who was part of a superhero club with her friends. The book went deeper into her life and one of her friend’s lives too. She was close to her Aunt who was a rock star, and she ended up going to her Aunt’s journals from when she was little for advice. It was like middle school all over again; fights between friends, and secret clubs that ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Allison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic, tween
I can’t say it enough - I love Amelia! I especially love her as she’s growing up - I think this is my favorite phase in life. Amelia handles it really well, and these books are getting more touching and emotional, without being over the top sentimental.
All of the Amanda Rules! books should be given a chance by girls from age 10 and up. They are funny, smart and while there are moments of swooning over boys, the characters aren't sexualized. This is great comic book writing and illustrating for all ages. Each volume, of which this is the seventh, follows the adventures, trials and musings of Amanda, an only child, a superhero (with her own league of super friends, including one who never talks, but whose mood is easily detected by looking at hi ...more
Sandra Stiles
Dec 31, 2011 Sandra Stiles rated it really liked it

This is the seventh graphic novel in the Amelia Rules series. This is a graphic series I would definitely recommend to my students. They will definitely be able to identify with her.
Amelia is a typical middle schools student with the same typical problems as middle school students today. Her parents are divorced, she has earned a reputation as a “bad kid”, and she faces how to help a friend whose father is serving in combat. These are all realistic things that my middle school students face. I’v
Oct 24, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing
Great look at tween life- the complicated, messy, weird, but totally relatable world of Amelia is like a lot of suburban young ladies'. This is a fun, yet not, light read. I think it's well-suited for 4th through 8th grade. Girls and boys will like it.
Jenn Estepp
After hearing about them forever and ever (well, a good few years), I finally got around to reading the Amelia Rules! books when our library got nice, new reissues. They are super enjoyable and so truly well-done. Great art, very realistic and manages to deal with a host of situations and issues that feel very true. As opposed to the dreaded didactic, issuey manner. I'm so very fond of all of these characters and will now wonder about their fates, although Gownley is kind enough to offer us a fe ...more
Wyatt Polt
Sep 24, 2012 Wyatt Polt rated it liked it
This is a easy and funny book to read. There is a lot of drama that takes place in the book. This book is short and has pictures on each page. Amelia is in middle school and gets made fun of a lot. Her parents are divorced. She has to go to the principle with her parents because she is bad. She wanted to be on the cheer leading team but couldn't be because of the principle. She doesn't have a lot of friends. In the end she says, sometimes the best way to get someone through the pain of their pas ...more
Oct 07, 2014 Nola rated it really liked it
I really liked the incorporation of all the stories. Seriousness and fun all incorporated together and it flowed very well.
Oct 14, 2013 Shelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
O NO!! I did it again!! I grabbed this book while browsing through the library shelves, not realizing that it was the 7th in the series!! No wonder there were times that I felt a bit left out in an otherwise intriguing graphic novel with layered characters, and profound story lines that had just the right amount of fluff. And worse yet…. for whatever reason the first book in the series is unavailable for transfer at my public library. Thank goodness I could add it to my goodreads “to-read” shelv ...more
I love this series! I love how Amelia and her crew mature just enough in each book, it's one of those series you want to get into kid's hands at that right moment.

I think the beauty of this series is that kid's Amelia's age can pick it up and enjoy it, but adults can also read her stories and identify with what she is going through. I remember feeling the way Amelia does in this book, and finally realizing that, like she says, there is no "child's world" or "adult's world" - there is just life
Feb 17, 2013 Saviourofmusic rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I started reading these when I was 13 and I still love them. They remind me of being a little kid again and are funny while have serious messages. Amelia is a great character: she's precocious and really a bit of a smart-Alec, but understanding and sensitive. Tanner is like a rockstar Yoda in a belly-showing shirt. Amelia's friends are unique and funny in every way. Her parents are kind and nurturing, without being totally perfect. These books charming and heartwarming, with beautiful artwork. I ...more
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Apr 23, 2016 Rene rated it it was amazing
Really a great read
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Jimmy Gownley is the author and illustrator of the Amelia Rules! series of graphic novels, as well as the memoir The Dumbest Idea Ever!.

He has been nominated for 13 Eisner awards and 6 Harvey awards. His book Superheroes won the 2006 Cybil Award for best graphic novel for kids 12 and under.

He lives in Pennsylvania.
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Other Books in the Series

Amelia Rules! (8 books)
  • Amelia Rules! Volume 1: The Whole World's Crazy (Amelia Rules! #1)
  • Amelia Rules! Volume 2: What Makes You Happy (Amelia Rules! #2)
  • Amelia Rules! Volume 3: Superheroes (Amelia Rules! #3)
  • Amelia Rules! Volume 4: When the Past is a Present (Amelia Rules! #4)
  • Amelia Rules! Volume 5: The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular (Amelia Rules! #5)
  • Amelia Rules! Volume 6: True Things Adults Don't Want Kids to Know (Amelia Rules! #6)
  • Amelia Rules! Volume 8: Her Permanent Record (Amelia Rules! #8)

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