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So Totally Emily Ebers

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  963 ratings  ·  86 reviews
This companion to MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS introduces us to Emily Ebers, average girl extraordinaire, and brings Lisa Yee's funny, touching story of friendship and family full circle.

Lisa Yee charmed audiences with the hilarious MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS and revealed another side of the story in STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME. Now readers can meet Millie's best friend an
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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SO TOTALLY EMILY EBERS follows the adventures of eleven-year-old Emily, who has to move from Allendale, New Jersey, to Rancho Rosetta, California. Since her parents are divorced, she has to move across the country with her mom, while her dad stays behind in New Jersey.

When she thinks nothing good can come out of the volleyball classes her mom signs her up for, something does. She meets Millicent Min. Millie, as she calls her, also was forced to take the le
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Apr 29, 2010 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars
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You can't help but like Emily Ebers - even when she makes some questionable decisions or fails to pick up on sarcasm. Her story nicely rounds out the series that began with Millicent Min, Girl Genius and continued with Stanford Wong Flunks Big-time - each book tells the story of the same summer from a different character's point of view, and each viewpoint makes the story fresh and funny in different ways.

While I still think Millicent is my favorite (I love sarcastic characters), I enjoyed Emil
This is a companion to Millicent Min, Girl Genius and Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time. All three books are set in the same summer and deal with the same events, but from the point of view of the title character. While Emily Ebers was the third (and, I assume, final) to be published, there is no right or wrong order to this threesome, and people can easily read just one without feeling like they are missing anything. Each of the characters has a very distinct voice, and Emily’s story is told throug ...more
This one was definitely not the best of the three books. And it was kind of pointless because you pretty much know the entire plot since she hangs out with Millicent Min throughout the whole book. Only a little section of it is just about her.
Rina Kinjo
Jun 01, 2014 Rina Kinjo is currently reading it
Have you ever had to move from state to state or even overseas during the summer? Maybe it was because your parents got a new job, they wanted a better neighborhood where it has a lower crime rate, or they got a divorce. There are many reasons why Americans move across the states. Most teens can relate to this novel because Emily Ebers probably went through a similar experience as most kids do. If your reason of moving was because your parents got a divorce and you had to move with your mother, ...more
Lisa Yee is a fine writer and she describes the ups and downs of tweens quite well. Emily is a typical 11/12 year old girl who is dealing with her parents' divorce and moving away from her good friends.
I found the other books in the trilogy (Millicent Min, Girl Genius and Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time) to be more compelling, because Millicent Min and Stanford Wong are more unusual narrators. If you liked the other books, though, this one is worth reading because it rounds out the story. I think
Bonnie "
I thought it was a really good book! I just couldn't put it down. I finished it in less then 5 hours!
Rui Wen
So Totally Emily Eber is a book about a teenage girl, Emily Ebers. She doesn't really like her mom, because she thinks it was her mom's fault that her parents divorce. And she also blames her mom for moving to another state. Emily wanted to live with her dad, but she thought she would be a burden to his work, so she decided to stay with her mom, which she doesn't want. At Emily's new school, her mom signs her up for volleyball, and she meets new people. Then Emily also meets her two new friends, ...more
Emily Ebers, almost 13, moves from New Jersey to California with her mom after her parent's divorce. Written in journal form, she composes letters to her father throughout the summer before starting at a new school. Her entries are filled with anger, love, sorrow, and confusion as she tries to sort through her new-found teen-age feelings. Her dad rarely communicates with her and she is unaware of the new life he is leading. Her mom tries to comfort and protect her as best she can. Emily finds a ...more
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Mar 24, 2008 Candice M (tinylibrarian) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Lisa Yee, tweens dealing with divorce
I heart Lisa Yee! It had been a while since I'd read the first two books in the series, Millicent Min, Girl Genius and Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, but So Totally Emily Ebers really captures the spirit (and plot) of those two books but in a totally new way. Reading the series is like watching that classic of Japanese cinema - "Roshomon." All three books in the series are about the same time period in the three characters' lives (Millicent, Stanford & Emily) but each told from each individu ...more
Am I the target audience for this book? No, but that's never stopped me before! Anyway, the cover of So Totally Emily Ebers has called to me since I first saw it at the library, and I just got around to reading it today. It's actually entertaining, in a Disney Channel Original Movie kind of way. The story was cute at times, dramatic at others, and the diary/letter style didn't bother me that much. Fans of juvenile literature should check this out.

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Lisa Yee has created a great storyline, and she can be very funny. But it's time for her to move on. This is her third novel involving the same three middle school characters during the same period, living out the same situations. This book is essentially a retelling of “Millicent Min, Girl Genius,” and “Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time,” two great stories. The third time around, though, it’s too easy to anticipate what has to happen. Yee often quotes from the first two books, out of necessity. And ...more
Bonnie Chen
Emily meets a new friend, Millicent and has a boyfriend, Stanford. However, sh finds out that both of them lied to her and is furious. This book taught me lessons about trust and lies. Lying is never acceptable, although the truth hurts. People would rather hear the truth, than being deceived.Friends cannot accept it if you lie to them. If you do lie to them, you are just breaking their trust. I have lied to my best friends before and I regret it. Luckily, my friends are nice enough to forgive m ...more
Ava Caldwell
I feel that this book was really good because there was a lot of drama and it was very intense. I like Wendy because she is always really nice to everyone even if they are not nice to her.I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction mixed with drama.
The third book in the Millicent Min trilogy; but you can read them in any order. (see [Millicent Min, Girl Genius:] and [Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time:]) Emily has had to move to California from New Jersey, and she misses her dad, who's on the road touring with his band now that he and her mom have divorced. So she writes a series of letters to him in diary format, telling him about making friends with Millicent Min at summer volleyball, and getting a crush on Stanford Wong, whom she thinks is t ...more
This book is pretty nice. It tells about her life and what problems and happiness she goes through. If you like to read about the story of someones life, I reccomend you read this book.
Mari Anne
The third book in Lisa Yee's MG "Millie Trillie". While probably the weakest of the three, this is still a fun and well written book. I am starting to think that Yee can't write a really bad book! This book tells the story of the friendship between Emily and Millicent and Stanford that was explored before in "Millicent Min, Girl Genius" and "Stanford Wong Flunks Out". Yee has taken the exact same story line as the first two books but this time has told it from Emily's POV while also giving us Em ...more
Emily Ebers completes the Millicent Min/Stanford Wong trilogy but is a bit weaker than the other two books. Yee's technique of telling the story through Emily's diary entries to her father, who recently divorced her mother in order to tour with his band across the U.S., felt forced to me, but lovers of the first two books probably will not care. The subplot about whether Emily should join the "popular girls" clique or continue to "hang with" her quirky friend Millicent will resonate with girls i ...more
I really liked this book.It was so funny and cool.I liked this book because it was realistic fictionn and I could relate to it. Emily is the main character and the problem she faced was that she moved to Rancho Rosetta,California and she satrted middle school in the fall.Her mom made her join the volleyball team and shes not very athletic she hates her life until she meets Millicent Min.

I would recommend this book to people who like funny books or people who like realistic fiction.I would rate t
A cute, well writtien YA book. Since I am not really a YA (shocking, I know)it seemed very predictable to me. I am reading Yee's books backwards. This is the third one; Millicent Min, Girl Genius is the first. An eighth grade girl in our school, who is an excellent writer, is reading them as part of her independent study writing class. They are written from the point of view of three main characters so it will be interesting to compare the same basic story from different perspectives.
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I bought this book in the third grade and read the first two chapters. After that, I put it down and didn’t pick it up until two years later in the fifth grade. I’m so sorry that I didn’t continue reading when I was nine but also glad that I did when I was eleven. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was going through pretty much the same things that Emily was going through in the book, but I loved it so much. I’d read it again if I didn’t remember so many things that happened.
I think this book was just ok. The story was good for mature 4th or 5th grade girls, hence the boy watching, fashion, diet issues and such. But it left questions unanswered for me, like why did Millie not stand up to Emily assuming she wasn't smart, or why the dad didn't contact her or why she was so against her mom. I think its better suited for my 5th grade girls due to the mature content regarding girls and their "coming of age" experience.
Don't be fooled by the title. I have a feeling it's there to draw young girls into reading the book. Granted the character of Emily Ebers is a bit shallow and self-absorbed, but what middle schooler isn't? Along the way, you can see her transform into a (more) mature, self-aware, and downright wise adolescent. Of the "Millie Trillie," this is probably the most dispensable, but if you have time, this is worth a read as well.
Third book in the Millicent Min/Stanford Wong series, this time from the point of their mutual friend, Emily Ebers. Emily's letter/diary to her father sounds just like I had imagined that she would talk - nonstop! It can be read on its own, but fits in nicely with the other two, a third take on the events, but with a little background on what brought Emily to Rancho Rosetta, Millicent and Stanford. For middle grades (5-8).
C. Purtill
I LOVED this book. Told from the POV of Emily, Millicent Min's best friend, as a series of letters she writes to her dad after her parents divorce and she moves to the west coast. Emily is so lovable and sweet and eager. I love the contrast between her and Millie, who is far more reserved. Having read Millicent's story first, I was really interested to see the flip side from Emily's viewpoint. A wonderful read.
Age of readership: Grades 5 - 8
Genre: Realistic Fiction (Humor)
Diversity: Acceptance, divorce, friendship
Description of the illustrations: None
Personal response to the book: Funny story that includes a divorce story and how the character handles it.
Curricular and programming connections: The book can be used in a classroom setting on discussions in dealing with divorce and friendship.
Aw, I love Emily Ebers. After reading about her in Millicent Min, Girl Genius and Stanford Wong Flunks Big-time, it's nice to finally get things from her point of view. Besides her relationships with Millicent and Stanford, we get insight into her parents' divorce and the pain she goes through with all of that. I don't think it's absolutely necessary, but I'm glad I read the books "in order."
This book has a great story. Really. The only thing is, I've heard this story before in Millicent's book. I think we also lost some of the story because Emily was writing letters to her dad, and she spent to much time talking about her dad. But the story was great and I love the sentence structure. Emily's side of the story is very entertaining, and you won't want to stop reading.
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Lisa Yee was born and raised near Los Angeles. As a kid, she loved reading, opening brand new boxes of cereal (to get the prize), and riding the teacups at Disneyland.

Lisa attended Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park, California where she once won an award for best decorated cake. However, Lisa cut the ribbon in half because her friend Linda had also worked on the cake, and they had agre
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