Can You Get An F In Lunch? (How I Survived Middle School, #1)
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Can You Get An F In Lunch? (How I Survived Middle School #1)

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Best-selling author Nancy Krulik delves into the mind of a twelve-year-old girl just trying to survive middle school.

After spending the night studying the Joyce Kilmer Middle School Handbook, Jenny McAfee feels totally prepared to start sixth grade. But Jenny has another reason to feel confident. She'll have her best friend, Addie Wilson, right there by her side.

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Paperback, 101 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Scholastic (first published 2007)
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I read this book last night and it wasn't as good as I expected. It's all about the "Pops" (AKA the popular girls in school). The main character, Jenny, gets pretty much ditched by her best friend Addie for the Pops. Addie turns into a big fat meanie who talks behind Jenny's back with her new BFF, Dana. The book does have a moral to it, though. When at first Jenny doesn't succeed in trying to fit in by using things such as the hottest new style of clothes and smothering herself in makeup, she fi...more
This book sucks. Jenny, the 11 & a half-year-old protagonist, has essentially no inner life, and she and her friends talk like 17-year-olds (at least). Also, there is product placement. Also, the book pushes you to, where I found the following in a list of helpful tips, supposedly written by the book's protagonist:

7. Dont [sic] do anything that will make you stand out from the crowd. People may never forget and it will follow you for your entire middle school car...more
1) I like this book because it could be real and because it makes me think a lot about it.For example on page 12 when Jenny realizes that one of her old friends go to the same school as her, she tries to be friends with her but it doesn't go as she expects.I had different ideas for what will happen next.Another example is on page 25 when Jenny starts eating lunch in the hallway because she has no friends.I didn't know what would happen next so then I started to think about the ideas myself.This...more
Nov 29, 2012 Aliya added it
This book is an insult to my intelligence:(it is a very good storyline but the author cannot articulate it very well. i am in grade six and this book is worse than the book "Pat the bunny". Even though this book is aiming for our age group it does not appeal to anyone. The book tries to have three plots but it doesn't work she usually forget about the other plots and go's (sorry about my punctuation) on talking about something else. If I ever saw that book again I would definitely leave it alone...more
Ruth Ann
I think lot of middle school girls will relate to this book, mostly about the ever-changing social climate of middle school. Every student will recognize "the Pops", no matter what this group is called in their school. I liked the strong character of Chloe and I think former-best-friend", Addie, is typical of many "mean" girls. I didn't like the way Jenny stood up to her tormentor . . . a food fight. I would have hoped for a more positive model of coping and problem-solving.
this book was boring and just like every other book that is like it. nothing new.
Umm... I don't know exactly why I read this book, it was one of those random picks.
Remember being nervous to start middle school? Actually, when I was in 6th grade, it was still considered elementary school. Seventh and 8th grade were considered middle school (or junior high as we called it. Am I dating myself here?) Anyway, Jenny McAfee is nervous on her first day and the only thing she is looking forward to is seeing her best friend Addie. You see, Jenny spent her entire summer vacation at camp and did not see or talk to Addie while she was away. While she was gone, things c...more
Mar 28, 2011 Audrey added it
“Can you get an F in Lunch?”
(How I Survived Middle School Series)
By: Nancy Krulik
Reviewed by: Audrey T

Have you ever tried to find out that if your best friend really likes you the same way? Do you really want to know the truth? Can you really trust your real best friend?
Jenny McAfee’s first day of school in Middle School was pretty unusual. Her best friend, Addie Wilson doesn’t really talk to her as much as when they both were at elementary school, 5th grade. Once in lunch, Addie would save...more
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Rebekah Henschen
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Jennifer Wardrip
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A horror experienced by just about everyone - the first days of middle school. Changing classes, finding your way around, trying to keep old friends and making new ones - it's one potential disaster after another.

Jenny McAfee is excited and scared all at the same time. After eight weeks away at summer sleepover camp, she feels pretty confident that she's got what it takes to conquer middle school. She doesn't realize that her BFF...more
Monica Nightfall
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I picked this story a while back and I fell in love with it, it’s so heartwarming and special to me. It’s a really cute story about friendship, finding out who you are and about fitting in. For me, I enjoy reading this story when I start a new school year, even if it’s no longer at my reading level.
At some points Jenny’s character seemed to annoy me slightly. She didn’t seem to understand that her friend was basically ditching her and didn’t want to talk to her anymore. But I did understand wh...more
Isabella Kuo
This is the first book of the series, How I survived Middle School. I was in Year Six when I fell upon this book so I immediately started to read it. In this book, there are some really neat tips which shows you how to NOT get in trouble. It's talking about a girl called Jenny McAfee, and she just started middle school. She wasn't nervous as she thought of her best friend Addie Wilson companying her but as the first day of school went by, Jenny realized that her friendship with Addie is breaking...more
Jenna Campbell
I thought that this book by Nancy Krulik was amazing! There is this girl named Jenny who is going into middleschool. Her and her friend were like best friends in 5th grade and now they do not like eachother.Becasue of this her first day of school is horrible. I think this book is amazing because I'm going into 6th so this book really caught my attention.. This book shows how much drama there can be in middleschool. I also liked the book becausse it gave me tips on what npot to do and what to do...more
Carmelo Guevara
I thought that this book by Nancy Krulik was cool. There is this girl named Jenny who is going into middleschool. All she is looking foward is to talk to her friend Addie. Addie turnouts dumping jenny. Her and Addie were like best friends in 5th grade and now they do not like each other,This is why jenny's first day of school is horrible. I think this book is cool beacuse i have alot to relate with jenny. The drama, fame and sometimes enbarresment reminded me back on the days when i was in miidl...more
Even though this is the first book in the series, I just didn't like it as much as the other books. As soon as she goes to school Addie starts acting weird and meets this guy, and suddenly BOOM! it all goes downhill. Much too dramatic for my taste. I personally don't like books where middle school girls freak out about their looks and popularity, etc. and Jenny trying to wear makeup and buy ridiculous outfits just seems too... girly? ridiculous? Although I do like the rest of the series much bet...more
Jenny is a great 6th grade everygirl hero. She faces some very common middle school anxiety spikes – what to wear, who to sit with at lunch, makeup – and finds it near impossible to resist the urge to be cool.

There’s a bit too much of a formulaic promotional feel to the book design, with superficial quizzes that feed the cool factor that Jenny is supposed to stand apart from. But the tie-in Scholastic website,, seems harmless enough. And it’s not like Middle School-...more
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Johan Cuevas
Reading this book kind of reminded me of my first year in middle school. I was afraid to hang out with my mother. But then in middle of the year I changed because I got sick and tired of people saying stuff about me hanging out with my mother. Wel, Jenny, in this case isn't. She is always doing what other people say isn't embarrassing. Jenny is the kind of person that always listens to what her friends have to say bad obout them. It a kind of good book but, still read if you're going or on to mi...more
I loved this book because it showed how much a person can change in one summer, and how much you can change, if someone you think is so much like you ditches you or does something you can't forgive her for. I also liked how much it showed that Jenny changed throughout the book because of the Pops, and i liked that in the beginning of the book Jenny actually WANTED to be a Pop, but then later on saw how mean the Pops can act to your real friends, and that was exactly what happened to Jenny.
I thought this book was great! It is about friendship in school and I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun book to read!!! It is about Jenny starting sixth grade, and figures out Addie (her elementary school BFF) doesn't want to be friends with her anymore and starts to hang out with the Pops (as in Popular, the seventh graders) and Jenny feels excluded. But with the help from her new friends, she makes it through and knows how great her friends truley are!!
It's Jenny's first day in middle school! ahh I'm sure you can all remember what your 1st day was like! Jenny is so happy when she sees her bff who she hasn't seen since last year because she went off to camp for the summer. She finds that he "friend" doesn't really like her anymore and has changed a lot since last year she hangs around ppl she used to hate and become known as the pops! Poor Jenny is left to make new friends and try to forget the old. Great book
Maybe I shouldn't rate and review this book since I didn't actually read it, lol. I don't have time to read all my kids' books too so I'm going by what they thought of the book. Kylie read this one and really liked it. I think it appealed to her because she can relate now that she is in 6th grade. It's an easy read, Kylie blew through it in two days. I like other Nancy Krulik books so I'm sure this one is good, too.
A really entertaining book! A book for MG readers obvi. This helps you get through school with some helpful tips, mostly works when starting a hard school. When school just starts to get hard, rely in this series. It's really fun and helped me realize some things I was doing badly. I improved with this series. They even have a website where you can take quizzes or at the back of the book! This was so fun I couldn't stop!
I think nancy krulik made a good picture of jenny on the cover and in the book. I still don't know if Sonia, the eight grader actually likes jenny. It's a good book, small too you actually don't need a bookmark to read it. Quality small book, unlike rainbow magic which is a five years old book. You can't put an age tag on this book because it is very thin and long pages (sort of), but also some small kids might not "get" it.
Mar 15, 2008 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Girls 10-12 (no there is nothing weird in it, i just think its more 4 girls!)
Recommended to Rachel by: Gabalabadingdong
I really luv this series cuz i am starting middle school next year (PLZ SEND ME YOUR 4 LEAF CLOVERS, YOUR BUNNY FEET, YOUR HORSE SHOES, AND YOUR CROSSED FINGERS!) (okay maybe dont send me your fingers!!!!). And this is about a girl starting middle school. It also includes 1 recipe and 1 beauty tip (such as what color of eye shadow looks good on you) or 2 recipes or 2 beauty tips. Anyway its a great book.
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