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Addie on the Inside (The Misfits #3)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  708 ratings  ·  170 reviews
In this “artfully crafted” (Publishers Weekly) companion to the bestselling The Misfits and Totally Joe, Addie Carle confronts labels, loss, and what it means to grow up.

The Gang of Five is back in this third story from Paintbrush Falls. Addie Carle, the only girl in the group of friends is outspoken, opinionated, and sometimes…just a bit obno
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published May 3rd 2011)
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Joe
Just because you take a sentence
and chop it
like this
doesn't mean you're writing
poetry.

Or does it?

Because this is how Addie on the Inside
is written.
And it made me
cringe.


The book follows Addie,
a girl,
the girl
from The Misfits
and Totally Joe.

She is a spunky girl
outspoken
intellectual
compassionate
a character rendered with a
tough
strong
voice.

Why am I not digging this book?
I wonder -
Page one hundred
And still no dice.
Are there too many
problems?
Too many social
issues?

Yes, but also
No, I realize.
No.
N
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Monica!
Reading Addie on the Inside today
I was thinking about how I might
have to give the whole book a so-so review
when I went on to Goodreads to write.

It’s not that the book was a bad one,
or that it made me want to cry,
but I was left feeling just… tired…
of line breaks passing endlessly by.

It’s the author’s decision, of course!
He likes poems—and really, who doesn’t?
But this book would have worked well as prose
and I guess I’m not sure why it wasn’t.

****

even weirder are
the changing poetry styles
switching
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Amy
Sigh. This novel was so heavy-handed and the main character, Addie, so self-righteous that I could barely get through it. I disagree with reviewers who felt that Howe perfectly captured a 7th grade girl and all her insecurities. I think Howe was screaming through this character and didn't leave her any room to be 13. On top of that, I thought the whole writing in verse thing did NOT work and left me a little fatigued.

Yes, Howe is trying to address some serious and worthy topics (gay bashing, bul
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Cheriee
The Misfits and Totally Joe are both great novels, but in Addie on the Inside, James Howe has surpassed himself! These books are not sequels but rather companion books that enable us to know more about the characters and the events that shaped them.

The Misfits is the story of four middle school kids who call themselves the gang of five. Bobby is chubby. Addie is tall and very smart. Joe is gay. Skeezie is a born again Elvis. None of them really fit in with the regular school population and have
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Richie Partington
4 September 2011 Richie's Picks: ADDIE ON THE INSIDE by James Howe, Atheneum, July 2011, 224p., ISBN: 978-1-4169-1384-9

Devalued

"'In what ways do we devalue the English language?'
Mr. Daly asks a class of vacant faces and hidden,
texting hands. I shoot my hand into the air. Mr. D
smiles at me as he moves his eyes across the sullen
seventh-grade landscape. 'Does anyone other than
Addie have a thought on this? Does anyone know
what I mean by "devalue"?' Now my hand takes on
a life of it's own, wagging l
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Rochelle
I read The Misfits and Totally Joe (by James Howe) so long ago that I don't remember any details about them, but know they were good. This newest companion to The Misfits is, however, very memorable. Somehow, he really gets the 13-year-old girl just right. Partially it's because it's written in verse, and you're really hearing Addie's voice -- not the one she uses outwardly but, as the title states, her internal voice. It is so nice to have a strong, smart adolescent girl character that also is ...more
Arthur Pengerbil
Reading Level: Grades 6-8

This companion book to The Misfits and Totally Joe is a worthy addition to the story of the Gang of Five. Addie Carle is now thirteen and facing the "purgatory of the middle school years." Written entirely in verse, these poems show a softer, more vulnerable side of strong, brave Addie. While Addie isn't reluctant to voice her opinions about everything from gay rights to women's role in history, she also feels the appeal of popularity. She loves having a boyfriend, but f
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Karen
I liked the message about staying true to yourself which this companion book to The Misfits promotes, but I did find the story itself a little disappointing. It's a quick read (told in free verse) about a very smart, rather brash, nonconformist 7th grade girl who speaks her mind, but is ostracized for doing so. I thought it lacked some depth and I agree with another Goodreads reviewer who commented that James Howe tried to fit too many issues into one short book (bullying, homophobia, suicide, i ...more
L_manning
Told through poetry, Addie on the Inside is all about Addie Carle, a young woman on a mission to make the world a better place. She's having to deal with a lot of stuff- lack of development physically, overabundant development mentally, first boyfriend, fitting in socially, and so many other things. By the end of the book, some things have drastically changed for Addie. However, nothing will ever change her sense of justice and desire to do some good for the world.


I love that authors are experim
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Megan
The Misfits, to which this book is a companion, is one of my favorite books--the kind of book I desperately wish had existed when I was twelve, because I would have related to all of the main characters for different reasons. Addie on the Inside, while not evoking the same kind of enthusiasm when I read it, would probably have appealed to the twelve year old me just as much, but in a slightly different way. The whole book is poetry--it tells the story of Addie, the lone female character, as a se ...more
Kris Springer
Really fun and meaningful--I wish I'd had this book when I was 12 or 13--would've helped me a lot, to laugh at myself, to understand others, to know that other girls felt like me and that things would work out. Don't we always feel like middle school students, afraid that the mean girls will find us?

Howe does a terrific job creating Addie and her world; he understands what teens care about and how their lives work. He makes meaningful statements about bullying, facebook, women's treatment in ot
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Tim
One of my top picks for the year. I am NOT a fan of the verse novel...but two of my top picks this year were just that. This is probably a close second to "Inside Out and Back Again." The poems here were all fantastic. The voice never faltered. I literally laughed out loud and cried a couple times. If you are an adult and you have forgotten what it is like to be a headstrong, smart adolescent (if you ever were one) read this book and you will get an exacting portrait of Addie.

Easily one of the b
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Emily Wahl
I thought that this book was a three star book. I didn't like it because it wasn't exciting, it wasn't detailed very much. I got confused sometimes during each poem ,it wasn't very detailed earthier. But don't get me wrong this book has it's good sides too. I liked that it was an inverse novel that makes it stand out from the other boring teenage books. Most teenage books don't show what the teenager is thinking, but this book did. I recommend this book to girls who like teenager stories, but th ...more
Melanie
Addie On The Inside is the kind of book that I want all girls in middle school to read. So many great topics are broached, yet the fact that the entire story is written in the form of poems makes it an easy and non-threatening read. Addie is a wonderfully strong female character, but also a believable one. I think that most girls out there will see some of themselves in her.

This book would be perfect for a middle school library or as a gift for a tween girl.
Jill
Addie is not afraid to speak up for herself. While her peers worry about their hair and clothing, Addie is busy starting a Gay-Straight Alliance at her school, advocating for a Day of Silence, and worrying about global warming, war, and the injustices of the world. Told in Addie’s voice through a collection of poems, the reader learns about Addie’s struggles as she fords the waters of middle school, and dares to think and feel. Readers who have read the first two books in The Misfits series will ...more
Molly.brown
Loved it! I am a true fan of James Howe and hold a special place in my heart for The Misfits. I have read the original book several times and shared it as a read aloud with many middle school classes, but I've never really connected with Addie until this book. She is now my favorite character-- perhaps because I feel like I've known so many "Addie's" in my life. This is a must read for middle school girls.

Different format for Howe (novel in verse) and perfect for telling Addie's story. I also a
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Mr_Rosen
James Howe beautifully weaves together a confessional Y.A. book about "The Misfits" character Addie and her day-to-day struggles with middle school. Unlike normal stories that are presented in prose, this poetic, journal-style piece sufficiently gives readers a clear glimpse of what it is like to be a middle school teenage girl and the trials and tribulations of adolescence. Fast paced, fun and raw, "Addie on the Inside" will give you an interesting perspective of Middle School and all of the ba ...more
Hiba Ahmed
Addie Carle is a girl who thinks everyones voice should be heard and that everyone should have equal rights. Instead of waking up thinking about what outfit she should wear in the morning, or how to impress people, Addie thinks about the people who are living in danger and how she could help them. However, Addie wondered, for a second or two, how it would be like if she could fit in, or what it would be like to be popular and have actual friends who are girls.(Saying her 3 best friends are all b ...more
Josiah
“Who do you see
when you think of you?
Are you an outsider,

Cool, distant, angry,
swimming against the current,
or are you in the flow?

When they tell you,
This is who you are,
do you say yes or no?

Who do you see
when you look beyond
the skin and the surface,
when you drift to sleep,

when you are the person
no one else knows? Who
are you on the inside?

Don't answer these questions.
Not yet. First, open your eyes,
your mind, your heart.

See.”

― James Howe, from the prologue t
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Ms. Schutte
I had read The Misfits (which is a precursor to this) before and liked it, but didn't love it. The Misfits is a great book to talk about bullying and name calling and things like that, and the characters are great, but it feels a bit pedantic at times.

Addie on the Inside focuses in on one of the characters—a girl Addie who is gangly and awkward and loves school and has a bursting sense of social justice that mask people at school think she's crazy. This is a novel in verse that lets you into her
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Rebecca
Addie is a worrier and a warrior--she worries about the state of the world and everyone in it, and isn't afraid to voice her opinion, loudly. While she has some good friends, most people in her middle school pile on the verbal and emotional abuse saved for those who don't conform, and it hurts Addie just as much as they want it to. Luckily, Addie has a strong and loving family, and a few teachers and friends who get her, though her boyfriend rather wishes she would tone it down from time to time ...more
Samantha
This is a companion to The Misfits by James Howe, but can be read as a stand alone. The novel is written in verse. Addie is a typical middle school girl in many ways, but she is also outspoken,determined,and dedicated to justice for everyone from girls in foreign countries who are sold into marriage/slavery by their parents to her own good friend Joe, who is often harrassed for "coming out" as a homosexual. James Howe does a beautiful job of addressing middle school issues and growing up through ...more
Erica
Who are you? Are you who they say you are? Or are you someone else? Or perhaps a combination of the two: the public and the private you? Addie has been called many things by many people: to her fellow misfits she's a friend, to her classmates she's a know-it-all, to her boyfriend she's beautiful but infuriating, to her boyfriend's friends she's a loser social-climber, to her ex-best friend Becca she's badly in need of a makeover, to her grandmother she's a reminder of how times have changed, and ...more
Tasha
Addie Carle, the only girl in The Gang of Five, is the center of this third story in The Misfits series. Addie is an outspoken and opinionated person, but the verse here shows her to have many more doubts and concerns than she might show on the outside. As her year of seventh grade continues, Addie has to deal with some big issues: the death of one of her cats, the breakup of her first relationship, teasing by other girls in school, and finding her own voice, even though she is talking all the t ...more
Barbara
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Kat

Totally Joe is one of my favourite middle grade books so when I heard that James Howe was writing another spin-off for Addie, I was really excited but tried not to get my hopes too high.

I'm happy to say that I didn't need to worry. James Howe once again perfectly captures that middle-grade mindset - insecurity, wanting to fit in, wanting to stand out, wanting to be liked, remember all that? And remember how very mean kids can be? Yeah, me too.

Addie on the Inside was different than what I expec
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Nancy
. I didn't read The Misfits. I'm certain it was wonderful. I do know that James Howe has an uncanny connection to the 7th grade girl. The girl who is uncertain and trying to fit in while doing what she knows is right and feeling misunderstood and grieving the end of her childhood yet yearning to be an adult... Obviously, I might still have some unfinished business from my own adolescence.

There are simply too many gems to address so I will touch on only a few.
I loved the prose. Written in poetry
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Angie
Addie is tall, loud, outspoken and socially conscious. This does not make her popular. In fact, her tendency to always say what she thinks makes her decidedly unpopular. But Addie has a great supportive family and group of friends. She is dating a popular boy, but they keep breaking up and getting back together. This book covers the trials and tribulations and triumphs of Addie's seventh grade year. The story is told through a variety of poems in different styles each depicting a different momen ...more
Jaime Leroy
This is a book written in verse. It tells the story of Addie on the Inside—how Addie thinks and feels. Addie is in seventh grade, but thinks like an educated adult. Instead of worrying about “normal” middle school things, like clothes, hair, boys, and popularity, Addie worries about global warming, animal testing, and inequalities or prejudices. She is a deeply caring girl in a deeply uncaring time (middle school). While she is different, opinionated, and painfully underdeveloped for her age, Ad ...more
Jen
Addie's final poem titled "I Am Who I Say I Am" says it all:

I am who I say I am,
I'm not some fantasy
of how you think you think you know me
or who I ought to be.

I am a girl who is growing up
in my own sweet time,
I am a girl who knows enough
to know this life is mine.

I am this and I am that and
I am everything in-between,
I'm a dreamer, I'm a dancer,
I'm a part-time drama queen.

I'm a worrier, I'm a warrior,
I'm a loner and a friend,
I'm an outspoken defender
of justice to the end.

I'm the girl in the mirror
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

James Howe has written more than eighty books in the thirty-plus years he's been writing for young readers. It sometimes confuses people that the author of the humorous Bunnicula series also wrote the dark young adult novel, The Watcher, or such beginning reader series as Pi
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Other Books in the Series

The Misfits (4 books)
  • The Misfits (The Misfits, #1)
  • Totally Joe (The Misfits, #2)
  • Also Known as Elvis (The Misfits, #4)
Bunnicula Howliday Inn The Celery Stalks at Midnight (Bunnicula, #3) The Misfits (The Misfits, #1) Totally Joe (The Misfits, #2)

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“Another Thing I'm Sick of Hearing:

If I started that gay rights group,
I must be gay.

So if i start an animal rights group,
what does that make me?

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