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Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks (Confessions of April Grace #2)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  193 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Just when April Grace thought the drama was over . . .After an automobile accident, Isabel St. James-resident drama coach and drama queen-needs help putting together the church play. Mama insists April Grace and Myra Sue will help. April's fall is now devoted to spending every afternoon with Isabel and Myra Sue-if anyone is as big of a drama queen as Isabel, it's Myra Sue. ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 5th 2011 by Thomas Nelson
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Abbie Coon
Apr 24, 2017 Abbie Coon rated it really liked it
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Jan 01, 2012 JenniferJ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z2012
A clique of mean girls, a grandma--yes, you heard it--a grandma stuck in a love triangle, a church pageant run by a dictator, and a mom who's acting very mysterious--it all sounds like a disaster, but it's just another day in the life of April Grace Reilly!

I Loved Loved Loved this incredibly funny book! April Grace is a child after my own heart! This book was breaming with southern hospitality, charm, and good ole country living and being an good ole country gal myself I ate up every page.

The co
Feb 05, 2012 HippieMommy rated it it was amazing
While browsing to see which book I might want to review next, Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks by K.D. McCrite immediately caught my eye. It is the second book of “The Confessions of April Grace” series, although I didn’t realize that until I finished the book.

The story is told by April Grace, an 11-year-old in Arkansas in 1986. April Grace is starting junior high and her world seems to be falling apart. The new school year starts and one of her best friends is now snotty and mean to her at schoo
Dec 03, 2011 Angelc rated it really liked it
This book was an adorable middle grade story, with some deep topics. April Grace's mother had some really tough times with her pregnancy. While it was really good storytelling, it put April Grace through a lot of stress and heartache, and since she's so young it was hard to read about sometimes. She was so strong and never wanted to add to her parents' stress over the baby, so she internalized a lot of own pain. Of course, the story isn't all heartache, there are lots of more typical everyday is ...more
Jana Collins
Apr 08, 2015 Jana Collins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: very-good-books
This book was soo good! Love how funny April Grace is in this one!
Rose Bibliophile
Mar 26, 2017 Rose Bibliophile rated it liked it
It was alright.. It's just I read this book really slowly, I also relate to some of the scene. But yeah.
Nov 28, 2011 Tori rated it it was amazing
April Grace Reilly finds herself smack dab in the middle of a terrible year. Old friends become new strangers as they all embark upon middle school. One of her best friends starts a clique called the Lotties, and April is not a part of them. The Lotties meanly run the school and pick on anyone in their path.
As if that wasn’t bad enough home life becomes the most strange and worrisome for April. On top of dealing with her overly dramatic sister Myra Sue and obnoxious live in guest Isabel St. Jame
Dec 07, 2011 Kai rated it really liked it
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

The 2nd book in the Confessions of April Grace series leaves us with April Grace's trying to cope with a lot of things, and all the sudden changes in her life are confusing our young protagonist. Isabel was caught up in an accident but was still as big a drama queen as ever, tormenting her husband Ian. Myra Sue still worships Isabel, and April Grace's friend, Lottie, is now part of a mean girl clique. On top of it, April Grace's Mama has been acting weird, and w
Kristina Cardoza
Jan 15, 2012 Kristina Cardoza rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 9 and older
Cliques Hicks and Ugly Sticks: Confessions of April Grace by KD McCrite is the second book in the Confessions of April Grace series. After a car accident, Isabel St. James--a very self-centered drama queen that is temporarily staying at the Reilly family's home--is in the hospital. Eleven-year-old April Grace Reilly and her family are visiting Isabel, (even though April Grace would rather not) and she is grumpier and more selfish than ever! While at the hospital, April notices something
Nov 23, 2011 Rabiah rated it it was amazing
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April Grace is ADORABLE. I tend not to read too much MG, but she is one irresistible heroine. She reminds me of a southern and slightly older version of Junie B. Jones! I absolutely love this series, and the sequel to the first, In Front of God and Everybody, is clearly no exception. Cliques, Hicks and Ugly Sticks shows April Grace's move from elementary to middle school, get through mean girls, and try to cope with Myra Sue and Isabe
Nov 30, 2011 Krazybooklady rated it really liked it
Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks is about April Grace and her life growing up in a small town in Arkansas during 1986. April's mom announces there is going to be a new addition to the family, and she has complications that force her to take it easy. Since her mom can no longer run the church play like she usually does, Isabel St. James, drama queen, is asked to help put on the church play. When April had the idea, she had no idea she would be recruited to help Isabel. She isn't happy as it means ...more
Simply Raising
Dec 05, 2012 Simply Raising rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kate, megan, missy-mom
This book brought laughter and tears to My Daughter (10) and I when we read it to each other. It is set in the 80’s and middle school. The town feels a lot like the one I grew up in small, Church on Sunday and country like.

Ar points Value: 10.0
Atos Book Level: 5.2
Interest level: Middle Grades (4-8)

April Grace lives with her mom and dad and has one older sister. As if life is not already complicated enough with the changes that come with middle school, Live in house guests and a Grandma that has
Nov 17, 2011 Trish rated it really liked it
4 stars/Fiction; Juvenile, Christian

What a great story! This book was absolutely adorable. April Grace kept me entertained with her funny comments and antics. The story grabs hold from the very start and will keep you smiling right up to the last page.

April Grace is in a pickle. Part of the youngest class in the junior high and being on the outside of the "Lotties" group is making her crazy. Not only does she think it is ridiculous but also makes her question where she is suppose to fit in. At h
Dec 06, 2011 Latoya rated it it was amazing
April Grace has such a fun-tastic voice, it was so interesting seeing life from her perspective. She has this witty humor that you just can't help to fall in love with. In this second installment in this series April Grace has begun junior high, and has to deal with the typical mean girls. Add to this her sister has an obsession with the family friend Isabel St.James, who is an absolute hot mess by the way, her grandmother has not one but two boyfriends, and something strange is going on with he ...more
Julie Graves
Nov 16, 2011 Julie Graves rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Eleven-year-old April Grace Reilly is starting Jr. High. She thinks that all will be the same. She is mistaken. One of her best friends is now the leader of a Clique of girls and won't even speak to April Grace.

At home April Grace notices that her mother is not looking the same. She instantly starts worrying about her. But all of the adults in her life tell her that there is nothing to worry about.

Circumstances prevent April Grace's mother from directing the church pageant this year. So April Gr
Jeanie Loiacono
Feb 13, 2013 Jeanie Loiacono rated it it was amazing

Just when April Grace thought the drama was over . . .

After an automobile accident, Isabel St. James—resident drama coach and drama queen—needs help putting together the church play. Mama insists April Grace and Myra Sue will help. April’s fall is now devoted to spending every afternoon with Isabel and Myra Sue—if anyone is as big of a drama queen as Isabel, it’s Myra Sue. Plus, she’s dumb. (Okay, not dumb, but "older sister dumb.") If that’s not enough, I
Mar 25, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young readers (pre-teen/early teen)
Shelves: 2012
I think that April Grace might be my favorite "voice" in a long time. I love the flow of the narrative and all her goofy sayings and speaking directly to the reader crack me up.

Not a deep and profound book by any stretch, certainly good for young readers (which I think is the intended audience!). April Grace is 11 and suffering being the youngest in the middle school, suffering the taunts of her big sister, and fretting over what a new baby will do to the family...add to that her insufferable ne
Mar 08, 2012 Elaine rated it it was ok
A great book for upper elementary girls who like modern, realistic fiction. April Grace lives in a small, rural town in Arkansas. She has just entered junior high. April deals with the usual junior high girl issues, but it is her voice, humor and unique viewpoint that lend an enjoyable air to the novel. A great testament to family, loyalty, and self-discovery. The book doesn't deal with really hard core stuff, so many 'conservative' parents would probably like it. Sometimes in our library we do ...more
Raya Whitehouse
Dec 08, 2011 Raya Whitehouse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booksneeze
This is a good book to read. It speaks of April Grace who is 11 and all the trials she is going through, with school and family. She has Isabel who took over her big sister's room (Myra Sue). Myra Sue is now rooming with April Grace and never keeps the room room clean. Her one friend turned snobby on her over the summer. Her mom is having a baby and it seems like it is a difficult pregnancy.

I would recommend teens to adults to read this, i think that the problems in this book are pretty well rel
Feb 09, 2013 Nora rated it liked it
K.D. McCrite has a knack for developing her characters and making the reader get the feeling that the characters are real people who are saying "real" things. Sometimes with Christian fiction (or just fiction in general), the characters and their conversations sound so contrived and well... boring. I love the way this series has been written so far and look forward to the next one.
Jun 25, 2013 Nattaporn rated it it was amazing
So funny makes my cheek hurt.
Cullen Kisner
May 16, 2013 Cullen Kisner rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! :)
Olivia S.
Aug 05, 2013 Olivia S. rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is one of my faves.
Sep 20, 2013 Ashtin rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book with a lot of different emotions.
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K.D. McCrite was raised on a small dairy farm in the Ozarks. She has a degree in psychology from Drury University, and has worked as a librarian and as a mental health case worker.

She currently resides in Arkansas.
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Confessions of April Grace (3 books)
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