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3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  1,949 Ratings  ·  393 Reviews
"A smart, affecting graphic young adult novel," declares the "New York Times."

"Before you write me off as a delusional psycho, think about what it's like to be thrown into a situation where everyone knows everyone... and no one knows you." Sadie has the perfect plan to snag some friends when she transfers to Plainfield High--pretend to have a peanut allergy. But what happe
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Unknown Binding, 206 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Random House (first published September 11th 2012)
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Whitney Atkinson
This book was so disappointing on many levels. First of all, who the heck fakes a peanut allergy for attention?? The main character was completely annoying and rude to her friends the only reason I finished this was because I wanted to see her get caught and get in trouble.

However, I really did like the art. Simple, the way I like it. Which is why this isn't one star.
Steph Sinclair
Loved the artwork. The story was so-so. Review to come.
Sesana
Nov 24, 2014 Sesana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, comics
Before you read this book, you need to ask yourself if you could possibly be sympathetic to someone who fakes a medical condition for attention. If the answer is no, you will absolutely hate this book. If the answer is maybe, depending, you'll probably just dislike it.

Sadie fakes a potentially life threatening medical issue, a peanut allergy that she claims is so severe that even a tiny morsel could literally kill her. She is, of course, not even remotely allergic to peanuts, she just wants peop
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Michelle
Apr 30, 2013 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic, comics
I'm leaning more towards a 1.5 because this work is largely inoffensive, but I still found it so uninspiring that I can't bring myself to bump it up to 2 stars.

But before I get into that, I think I should explain something a little more personal first: I suffer from food allergies (including peanuts.) A LOT of them. Thankfully, none of them are airborne (meaning I can smell things I'm allergic to and be okay -- I just can't eat them), and while some of them are SEVERE, they're not DEADLY like th
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Sarah Rosenberger
When Sadie moves to a new town for her sophomore year of high school, she thinks she's come up with a good way to make friends - faking a deadly peanut allergy. It's a great ice breaker, and it makes her whole life seem dangerous and interesting. Unfortunately, Sadie quickly realizes keeping up the lie won't be as easy as she thought...

Teenagers faking illness for attention is definitely a real thing that could be the premise of a great book, but this isn't it. The story is shallow & only gi
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Eve
May 13, 2013 Eve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
"So yeah, there's no changing the past...and forget about controlling the future. All that's left is to live in the present, whatever that means." Cute.

I did make a quick mental note to try out this recipe for Gado-Gado sauce, mentioned in the book:

A bit of Ginger
A bit of Garlic
1-2 TB Soy Sauce
1/2 C of Peanut Butter

Allison Parker
We've all told lies before, haven't we? Little white lies, here and there, little exaggerations to make our stories sound richer or our personalities sound greater. They rarely get us into much trouble. But the bigger lies - these are determined to blow up in our faces. Peanut explores one of these big lies through the life of a high school girl trying to make an impression on her new school. After Sadie's transfer, she starts telling classmates about her peanut allergy - a peanut allergy she do ...more
Kim Heimbuch
Feb 09, 2013 Kim Heimbuch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My daughter received this book to read and I loved the solid blue cover with a single raised peanut in the center so much I decided to read and review it myself. Being the mother of two daughters, fifteen and nine, I could absolutely relate to everything poor Sadie was going through. The teen years are some the hardest years of a girls life and all they want to do is fit in, be liked, and do well (for the most part) but it rarely goes this smoothly. Sadie is a high schooler who recently transfer ...more
Lisa
Dec 12, 2012 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovels, arc
I hated this girl for being such a liar.

This book has art and a subject that's appropriate for middle schoolers but they threw in orgasm jokes and the finger and I don't know who to give it to...if anyone.

P.S. Sorry I used you for my goodread's challenge.
Kristina Lenarczyk
It only took me about 45 minutes to read this graphic novel, but I did not enjoy it. Faking a severe peanut allergy so people think you're interesting? Not cool.
E WesNat
Apr 22, 2017 E WesNat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
2017 is a year of firsts for me: my first official year on Goodreads, I read my first Stephen King novel this year... okay, I know that's only two things, but I swear there is more. This is my first graphic novel. And a disappointment.

I've recently been infected with a Reading Slump Virus; I'm not sure how it came upon me. I was sitting in a chair, innocently reading my book, minding my own business, when suddenly - BAM! The slump pounced on me! I scrambled and kicked to get away from it, but it
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Franny
(My reviews are intended for my own info as a language arts teacher: they serve as notes and reflections for teaching and recommending to students. Therefore, spoilers may be present, but will be hidden.)


SUMMARY: Before reading Peanut, I was like, "An entire graphic novel just about a girl pretending to have a peanut allergy?" And yeah. It is. The story begins with Sadie Wildhack and her mom moving and Sadie enrolling in a new high school. Sadie is anxious about meeting new friends, and she gets
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Melissa Chung
Ugh. This graphic novel. 2 stars is being nice.

Sadie our main character is moving to a new school at the start of her sophomore year of High School. She is worried about how she will make new friends. At her last school her best friend Cheryl said you could fake a Peruvian accent and pretend you are an exchange student. This gave Sadie the idea of pretending to be someone she wasn't.

When I first picked up this graphic novel and saw the peanut on the cover, I didn't think anything of it. I didn'
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Elise
Feb 04, 2013 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Peanut" is one of the most enjoyable books I've read recently, and definitely an addition to my growing list of favorite graphic novels. Through the protagonist, Sadie, Ayun Halliday captures perfectly the desire among adolescents--adolescent girls in particular--to fit in. Sadie takes this desire to extreme levels, faking a peanut allergy in order to garner attention among her new classmates. But, really, who hasn't embellished a personal characteristic or experience, or told a white lie like, ...more
Jeff Raymond
Peanut is a book about a lie.

This is not what I'd call a relatively new trope, or even something that hasn't been done before, but it's a story that feels new and fresh, and is incredibly relatable. Sadie, at her new school, is going to help her social standing by faking a peanut allergy.

You know how something like that is going to end up.

A quick read for sure, Peanut has plenty to say about honesty and integrity, as well as an interesting sub-message about our hysteria over school safety and s
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Rebecca
May 20, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would happen if you told everyone you were allergic to peanuts ... but you weren't? Sadie's tired of being invisible, so when she moves her sophomore year of high school she has a chance to start over. She orders a medical alert bracelet and starts living a double life and it works. Within a couple of weeks she's made new friends and even got a potential boyfriend. But this means she has to be vigilant all the time. And when things start to get too complicated she's afraid she'll lose every ...more
Jacquelyn
This was interesting but it seemed a bit pointless. She made this whole big lie to make some friends when she could have done the same thing in a much easier and more successful way? The art was nice and I liked the pop of the red color on Sadie's shirt. However, I am not so sure I could really recommend this one. Interesting but a bit pointless.
Dylan
Aug 11, 2016 Dylan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was my first graphic novel but unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it at all, really.

these characters were just super bland and annoying. 2 stars for the beautiful art work thoigh
Emily Philbin
Mar 21, 2017 Emily Philbin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was teaching graphic novels and picked this one up to flip through for one example of how to set up a graphic novel, variations on color and technique, etc. So I really liked the illustrations and the way the bit of color was used in the book; however, I thought the storyline was a bit, well, stupid. Inventing a peanut allergy to seem unique? Regrets it later? I think kids are usually a bit more complicated than that, no?
Lindsay Coppens
Mar 14, 2017 Lindsay Coppens rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed the illustrations well enough, the premise of this book was simply dumb. Girl attempts to reinvent herself by faking peanut allergy and then gets a boyfriend and wishes she didn't fake peanut allergy. Then, near the end, the school nurse makes a callous schizophrenia joke. But love prevails. The end.
Kelsey Preston
May 15, 2015 Kelsey Preston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The hardest thing about having a peanut allergy is remembering to stay vigilant. Especially if you don't have one." The genre of the book is Graphic Novel/Realistic Fiction. I really enjoyed reading this book because so many crazy things happen. Peanut would be one of my favorite graphic novels I've read.
The setting takes place at Sadie's school mainly and a little at her house. Sadie (main character) is starting a new school and wants to fit in. She fakes that she has a peanut allergy and get
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Jamie
There are exactly 11 titles in my local library catalog with "food allergy--fiction" subject headings, and only 2 are YA. I hope for the day when food allergy is treated in fiction (and in real life) as yet another way that young people are different; there will be food-allergic kids and gay kids and kids of all colors and backgrounds and identities exploring real issues and feelings. But for now, we have Peanut, and it's a sad debut for food allergy in YA.

I have to give props to this book and
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Jason
I happened across this book in the YA section at my local B&N. The solid blue cover with a peanut on it intrigued me, and when I flipped through it and saw it was a graphic novel, I decided to buy it. I've been expanding my graphic novel section of my classroom library, so I figured this would make a nice addition.

The artwork: Rendered in black, white, and gray, the protagonist, Sadie, stands out in her red tops. The font used, Hoppe, is very readable, but is still evocative of a comic strip
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Hollowspine
Mar 21, 2013 Hollowspine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Have you ever made something up? Or exaggerated something about yourself? Just to be noticed? I think it's safe to assume that at some point in their lives most people have made something up to impress somebody, to make themselves noticed or increase their popularity, to fit in, or even just because of boredom or as a joke.

Sadie made up a peanut-allergy. I'm not sure how easy it is to order a medical bracelet off the internet, but it's a lot easier than keeping up with a secret allergic life at
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Pamela
I didn't like Peanut as much as I wanted to--I think part of the problem was that it could have been a lot longer. Halliday spends a lot of time weaving Sadie's web of lies, but not much time discussing the aftermath.

I'm also a little confused by how some readers seem to be offended in some way by some of the subject matter, or offended that the main character flips someone else off. Seriously. This is high school. High school. Peanut had really authentic dialogue. Why yes, teens do talk about
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Jennifer Green
Mar 02, 2016 Jennifer Green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good graphic novel about what telling lies can lead to. It's interesting because the lie isn't really a big lie (peanut allergy) but it is big enough to have serious reprecussions (medical intervention). The only thing that I didn't like about this book was that there were points where the storyline got disjointed for me and for my daughter whose opinion on these novels I take seriously. She said that she got confused for part of it and that's not good when you're appealing to middle and high sc ...more
Hannah
Dec 26, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadie is about to go to a new high school in a new town and knows no one. Determined to reinvent herself she decides to fake a life threatening peanut allergy. Sadie embellishes her lie with tales of near death experiences. This lands her new friends, attention from teachers and a boyfriend. The lie keeps getting bigger and bigger, it’s only a matter of time before she gets caught. Halliday’s writing captures modern teenage life entirely and is enhanced by Hoppe’s simple yet expressive drawings ...more
Kristen
A story about fitting in filled with drama that teens will easily relate to. Being the new girl is never easy, so Sadie decides to fake a peanut allergy in order to seem more interesting. As you can probably predict, things don't work out so well. Maneuvering the high school landscape of mean girls, cute boys, and family upheaval is hard enough, but it's even more difficult when you're trying to maintain a huge lie.
Whitney
The cutesy illustrations belie the content meant for older teens. (There is a brief mention of autoerotic asphyxiation, and some talk of "fooling around.") For the most part I wasn't impressed with the writing or the plot, and the main character is pretty unlikeable. The story redeemed itself at the very end with a somewhat-happy-yet-realistic conclusion, but not enough for me to give it a better rating.
Sarah
Mar 05, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a quick-read graphic about a girl who starts at a new school and pretends to have a serious peanut allergy to add a little drama to her new persona. Blue and white sketches with accents of orange. Fast-moving and easy to follow. Really enjoyed it, particularly for how it showed the main character's thought process as she gets deeper and deeper into the lie. Best for grade 8+
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Ayun Halliday is the Chief Primatologist of the long running, award-winning East Village Inky zine and author of the self-mocking autobiographies No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late, The Big Rumpus  Dirty Sugar Cookies: Culinary Observations, Questionable Taste, and Job Hopper. She collaborated with illustrators Dan Santat on the picture book Always Lots of Heinies at the Zo ...more
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