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

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  2,924 ratings  ·  146 reviews
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
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
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
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.
Monica Nightfall
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Samantha Fidler
I was forced to read this book for summer reading and I have read Shakespeare and understood it 99% (I am a rising 6th grader) and I can tell you this is one of THE WORST books EVER! I don't even consider it to be a real book! I HATED!! Every single page in it! I get that's it's meant for my age group but I feel insulted! I would not recommend it to ANY ONE! Not one of my friends enjoyed it! It had a good plot line but the author is terrible! The main character couldn't understand a single if it ...more
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.
It's a good book , but kind of short.
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
Sophia Zhu
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Rebekah Henschen
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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
I picked up 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
Jenny has been preparing for middle school the entire summer thinking that nothing bad will happen but, her best friend Addie spent her summer swimming and making friends with seventh and eighth graders and starts to treat Jenny like trash. So Jenny has decided to start wearing her mom's make up and buying cooler clothes. Can You Get An F In Lunch? (How I Survived Middle School, #1) is about staying true to yourself and being bravery.
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
J PBK K Series:How I Survived Middle School. Friendship story about a girl starting middle school and trying to fit in when her best friend was in the popular group and she was not.
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
Skye Lockhart
Lol I read these books back when I was in middle school. I was obsessed! I loved it because it actually related to middle school. Even for a middle school book it's pretty good.
Samiha Tasnim
I love this book cause it reminds me of what happened to my best friend in fifth grade and it's also kind of funny and just plain awesome!!
I think the book was really good, I recommend this book and the series to people who like school and family books and also drama.
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
Jul 04, 2014 Grace rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
What is the moral of this book? That food-fighting your enemies will suddenly make you popular at school?
Amanda Lit
i didnt acuttly read this book
it gave me the wromg book
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
i want to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is my flipping childhood read this.
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-
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