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"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...more
Unknown Binding, 206 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Random House (first published September 11th 2012)
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I absolutely suck at being a liar.

I mean, I don’t suck at lying. I can bullshit with the best of them, without having to think particularly hard about it. I went through a phase at one point in my life when I would lie about totally random things that didn’t even make sense to lie about, like what I had planned after school. And I can make a very good This Is Serious Stuff face, which throws people off the scent.

But I suck at being a liar.

If I can make it out of the Lying Moment without turnin...more
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...more
"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

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...more
Kim Heimbuch
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
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.
"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
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
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...more
(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...more
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...more
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...more
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...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...more
Good design, engaging drawings. The story is what it is: she's new in school, invents an allergy (to seem more interesting? not entirely clear why), gets friends, and it's not a question of if they'll discover the lie, but when & how.
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
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
I just don't get this book. Not that I always expect a graphic novel to be deep but I have a lot of trouble understanding why someone would fake a medical condition. I grew up with a best friend with a peanut allergy and sure in grade school we were fascinated if not sort of malicious in our desire to see hey what would happen if she ate one (thankfully we never did anything stupid) but it wasnt that big of a deal. And we were 8, not the target audience of this rather pointless graphic novel.

Newport Librarians
Such an odd book to review! I agree with many other reviewers ... the artwork and storyline seems to run with middleschoolers ... yet the talk of orgasms, the middle finger and masturbation references lend to a much older reading audience. While I try not to ever censor anything from my kids at work, I can't see many mothers happy that I knowingly gave this to their 8th grader or something.

The basic premise is that Sadie has to move to a new school, and since she wasn't very popular in her old...more
Steven Tomcavage
I don't know what I expected out of a book where a girl fakes a deadly peanut allergy just to be noticed in her new school, but it was more than what was in this book. There are too many points where an adult should have stepped in. What school nurse just trusts that a student, who claims to always be carrying an epipen, actually has it on her? Just being a responsible nurse would have stopped this story in its tracks. I never fully understood the main character's relationship to her new friends...more
Peanut, by Ayun Haliday talks about a teenager; Sadie Wildhack. The story begins with Sadie and her mother moving into a new town, and starting a new High School. Sadie's very much insecure, and just wants to be noticed. She's anxious about making new friends, so she comes up with the most outrageous idea by faking a severe peanut allergy. Sadie had even went to an extent, of ordering a medical bracelet that she hides from her mother, but keeps it on during school hours. At first, it grabbed man...more
Noor Rasool
I really enjoyed reading Peanut, by Ayun Halliday. It was a funny, quirky, and unusual book! It really kept me interested until the very end, and I want there to be a sequel.

The book is a graphic novel about a teenage girl named Sadie who moves to a new school. Like any other teenage girl, Sadie is extremely nervous to leave her old school. In her old school she is well-known, has tons of friends, and is settled. Leaving the old school is hard for her, and she wonders how she will ever fit into...more
Robyn J
Halliday, A. (2013). Peanut. New York. Schwartz & Wade Books.

1. Oh my. This is why is it VERY important to have the actual book and not just rely on reviews. This selection is listed as interest level 5-8 on Titlewave. That said, I would be very concerned in handing this over to a 5th grader. In fact, this book is shelved in the high school areas of my library. The concerns I have are language “oh shit and goddamn” (though it was used correctly in context for the situations…..)...more
May 14, 2014 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Teen Book Club selection
I chose this book for my teen book club not realizing it was a graphic novel. Glad that it was, since my book club is tomorrow and I had forgotten all about it!

Sadie's starting at a new school, and she's decided to pretend she has a peanut allergy to make herself stand out and be different and maybe make it easier to get friends. Well, the "popular" girls aren't interested, but Sadie finds other friends, including Zoo, who she begins dating. Needless to say, pretending to have a peanut allergy i...more
tl;dr Sadie starts off the year at a new school and decides to stand out by pretending she has a peanut allergy.

Not enthralled with this one either. Illustrations weren't my favorite (it was hard to tell if people had their eyes open and looking off to the side or were closed and the vertical line was their eyelid, or...yeah, I'm nitpicky) but they were alright.
Most of the characters felt pretty flat. Zoo was cute. It was hard not to see what was coming, though.

I could see this recommended to te...more
Scott Pagel
I don't understand who the audience is for this book. The illustrations are great and I like the splash of color. The story might be good for MS students but there are a few panels that make it inappropriate for that age range. Those panels bump this up to a HS level but I suspect the basic plot will be boring for most HS students. It seems the author added some plot elements as an attempt to be "edgy" but the space should have been used to create deeper characters and explore relationships that...more
I'm going to give it an extra star for being written by Ayun Halliday (East Village Inky from waaaay back) and for being a girl-centered graphic novel and for tackling questions of lies and identities and trying to stand out...good cover too.
Peanut was a fresh graphic novel perfect for a young teen audience. The narrator's voice was authentic and her dilemma one that many 13 year old girls will relate to... starting in a new school and wanting to be cool and accepted. Only problem is, this girl's idea of reinventing herself includes making up a peanut allergy that becomes her whole identity. You know it's going to be a disaster from the beginning and the book isn't full of surprises, however, the tale is told with enough freshness a...more
This is an entertaining story about a girl who changes high schools, and just wants to be noticed. Unfortunately she does that by faking a deadly peanut allergy. At first it gets her a lot of attention and she ends up with new friends and a boyfriend. But you can only pretend for so long...
The writer creates a lot of sympathy for the main character, Sadie, as she is shown trying to fit in, at first with the Mean Girls, and then desperately trying to contact her best friend at her old high school...more
Geraldine (starian72)
I loved the illustrations so much! But...the storyline, um yeah that's another story. It didn't go anywhere at all!
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