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Meet Julie (American Girls: Julie #1)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,314 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
Julie Albright doesn t want to move away from her San Francisco neighborhood near Chinatown, even if her new apartment is just a few miles away. Moving means leaving her best friend, Ivy, and her pet rabbit, Nutmeg. Worst of all, it means leaving Dad, now that her parents are divorced. Julie tries to make the best of her new situation by joining the school s basketball tea ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by American Girl Publishing Inc
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Jen
Dec 06, 2010 Jen rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s, 2010
I decided to "Meet Julie" when my daughter, who is rapidly approaching her eighth birthday, scanned through the "Historical Character" section of the American Girl website and got all excited about this character and the year 1974 . . . the year I was born. Well. That's enough to plunge anyone into a midlife crisis: I mean, seriously, "historical"? Looking at Julie, I noticed that she comes wearing a turtleneck I used to actually own, has the same hair I had, and is living in San Francisco, just ...more
Ciara
Dec 15, 2011 Ciara rated it it was ok
julie is one of the newer historical american girls. i believe she was introduced in 2007. the fact that she is historical is a source of some controversy, as her era in 1974. yeah. five years before i was born. it's weird. the idea of little girls in the year 2011 going out & buying a 70s-style doll with a long side braid & a tacky turtleneck & then outfitting her with a lava lamp, an awful rug shaped like a foot, & a basketball set straight out of the harlem globetrotters' lock ...more
Penny
Nov 10, 2012 Penny rated it it was amazing
After having read some of the negative reviews I kind of imagined reading this book and thinking it wouldn't have terribly much for my daughter. Having been born after Julie, I'm not sure I have the same problem with feeling old and that the 1970s aren't really history as some parents. Julie would only be 47-48 this year, so for some parents it's entirely possible that their children have read these books and learned about their mother's childhood, but not mine. When I was in school we learned a ...more
Jennifer
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Sesana
Nov 05, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
I'll do a proper review when I finish the whole series, but I liked this one more than I had expected to. I was worried that McDonald would take a heavy hand with the 70s slang and trend, but she was actually pretty restrained.

ETA 11/5/12: After reading the rest of the series, plus Ivy's tie-in, I'm still pretty impressed. By the third book, I felt pretty confident in saying that the timeframe (mid-70s) was chosen so they could show a family navigating divorce. Here's the sad thing: the main sto
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Jenny (adultishbooks)
I grew up with the American Girls and I needed a quick read to finish up my 30 Books in 30 Days so I picked up this one. This one was after my time when it was socially acceptable to read this for realsies and not because of an arbitrary challenge. Note: I did not have a child to read this too. I read this while there was a load of laundry happening.

1974 is not that long ago but to a modern child, especially a girl, it might be good to remember things in Women's History and how far (and not far
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Marya
Aug 03, 2015 Marya rated it liked it
Shelves: children-series
I was skeptical of this book at first; did we really need another blond in the American girls canon to not relate to? But then I realized Julie, as the 1974 girl, is the one who can really tackle the complexities of divorce in a time period where everything seemed to be breaking apart (fun Watergate reference!). Julie's best friend Ivy, a Chinese-American, seems like a more interesting character choice (there is no Asian American historical girl), but in the simplicity of the AG world, I guess a ...more
Kate
Feb 25, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: library, read-in-2010
This is the first in another of the American Girl historical series, if we're calling things set eight years before I was born historical. Which I suppose we are. This is set in 1974, in California, maybe San Francisco? Julie's parents are divorcing, so she and her sister are moving with their mother to an apartment over her mother's shop - I want to call it a hippie gift shop, but I guess it's a little late for that. Anyway, Julie has to leave her best friend and go to a new school, where she h ...more
Kate
Apr 25, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok
This rating is for Meet Julie as well as the rest of the Julie books.

Man, I don't know if it was the choice of decade or the choice of author or what, but this particular set of American Girls books was terrible. And that's not just me viewing my reading of older books in the franchise through nostalgic lenses. I read the Josefina books for the first time a few years ago for my master's paper, and those were great.

Julie is a 9-year-old girl living in San Francisco in 1975 (despite the cover say
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Lindsey
I'm a long-time fan of the American Girl series, despite my age, but I didn't feel like I was stepping very far back into history with this one. It's set in 1974 and I was born just 8 years later, so obviously it wasn't a huge leap for me. Julie herself is interesting, though, as are her family and friends. I think she will make a good role model for girls. Overall, it's a nice series so far and a more familiar world than any described in previous American Girl books.
Hattie
Mar 30, 2012 Hattie rated it did not like it
I definitely didn't like this American Girl. The others deal with slavery, death, moving 6000mi to never return to their homeland, etc. she deals with a divorce.which i get is hard, but seriously. or if they want a character with a divorce, i would be interested what a divorce would be like in the 1800's or something. not the 70s, which is hardly historical, if at all
Amanda
Oct 20, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This book really gives me the feel of living in San Francisco in the 1970's. Julie is truly a very interesting girl, she loves mysteries, dogs, and her hamster Nutmeg.When she finds out she has to move into a small apartment above her moms store Glad Rags she is thrilled to solve more mysteries in her new home.
Sarah Crawford
Feb 16, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it liked it

Meet Julie

This is the first is a new series of books from American Girls, and it shows a number of differences from previous series books.

In the past the books have always followed the same format; Meet the girl, the girl saves the day, happy birthday, etc. This time there is no such format.

The opening pages of the first volume also take a different approach. The series is set in 1974, and it starts right off with Julie's parents getting a divorce, a topic not really dealt with much in earlier b
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Reagan
Jan 06, 2015 Reagan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american-girl
When Julie Albright's parents get divorced, Julie has to move away from her dad and her best friend Ivy. With mom and her older sister Tracy, they travel a few miles across town to live in their new home.
Julie starts a new school and her only friend there is T.J. (Thomas Jefferson).
Once Julie new that their was a sign up sheet to be on a team for basket ball outside Coach Manley's office. But Coach Manley says that their is only a boys basketball team, and Julie thought it wasn't fair. When Ju
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Laura Verret
Dec 16, 2014 Laura Verret rated it did not like it
Julie Albright isn’t keen on the idea of moving. Sure, she’s staying in the same city, but it won’t be the same not living with dad and all. Plus, she won’t be able to play with her best friend, Ivy, everyday and the apartment has a ‘no pets’ rule which means she can’t bring her rabbit, Nutmeg. It seems like things just can’t get any worse.

But they do. Julie decides that, to help overcome her loneliness, she’ll join the school basketball team. The only problem? The team is an all boys team and t
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Courtney
The book I chose for popular series was from the American Girl series and is "Meet Julie". Julie is a girl from 1974, whose parents divorced and made her move across town, away from her friends. She plays basketball and wants to play on the school team, but it is for boys only, and her Dad does not think it is a good idea. So, she starts a petition, which her best friend helps her fill out, but Ivy gets upset and deserts Julie. But Julie keeps going, and takes the petition to the basketball coac ...more
Chrissy
Jul 25, 2012 Chrissy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
In one word? ADORABLE!

I totally grew up on the American Girls. I remember my favorites -- Samantha and Molly, and as I moved on to other books through my childhood years, I guess I assumed that the American Girls thing died away.

It was my sister who showed me that I was terribly misinformed. Apparently she's been collecting these American Girls over the years, which is how I got the opportunity to MEET JULIE.

Basically, Julie is a historical character in the 70's and as we meet her and get a glim
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Miri
Sep 03, 2014 Miri rated it really liked it
It's 1974 and Julie Albright is nine years old, she lives in San Fransico, her parents are recently divorced so she and her fifteen year old sister Trace spend their time between their mother who lives above her store Gladrags, and her father the airline pilot.


Julie, Tracy and her mother have just moved into an apartment above their mother's new store, Gladrags and Julie is miserable about it. She's had to leave her home where she grew up, her best friend Ivy, her school, and even her pet bunny
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Danelle Spicer
This is a great book about a young girl who has to move away from her best friend and previous life because her parents got a divorce. To try to improve her new life she wants to join the basketball team but the coach refuses to have a girl on the team. This is a great book for young readers who are beginning to read chapter books. This book also has several concepts to help children see that others have moved or had their parents get a divorce.
Carolyn
Sep 14, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Sarah and I are currently reading our way through the Julie AGD books. Over the course of the Julie books that we've read, Julie is dealing with the pain of divorce. While this is not a favorite topic, it is a good discussion starter for the topic. I also like Julie's "take charge" personality - she's always finding a way to make a difference in the world. I think this is true for all the AG books - think it's a great model for girls.
Amanda Butler
Sep 10, 2015 Amanda Butler rated it it was ok
I was so excited to see the mini version of this book alongside my adorable mini-Julie! Unfortunately, the mini-book only has three chapters. I finished the mini-book, but it ended just as the main plot started. Currently, I rate this two stars for simplistic writing and lack of entire book. I'll have to get the normal-sized edition to complete my review.
Christina
Sep 08, 2013 Christina rated it really liked it
This took a while to grow on me. Initially I wasn't as interested because Julie's place in history is recent enough to feel very familiar. And I think the author took that idea and ran with it a little, throwing in passing references to toys and pop culture that need to be explained. Maybe she assumed most girls would be able to ask their moms about stuff, but since this is a little before my time there were things I just didn't get.

But once the story got rolling, I really enjoyed it and Isobel
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Steph
Mar 31, 2016 Steph rated it it was ok
Definitely not in the same realm as the other American Girl books. 1974 wasn't so long ago, but the story could have been better than giving her a lava lamp and having her fight for equality against the boys. Hard to justify this as a piece of historical fiction.
Lola
Feb 27, 2016 Lola rated it really liked it
Julie's series is the closest American Girl will ever get to modern day. I just can't see them doing a 80s American Girl do or God forbid a 90s one. Please, American Girl, don't even think about it. So anyway... Julie. Julie was actually the last American Girl doll I ever bought (well, her and her best friend Ivy). I like Julie for a couple of reasons. 1). She has real problems. Her parents are divorced now, forcing her to move with her mom and her sister into an apartment in San Francisco. Jul ...more
Laura
Maybe I don't like this as much because it's an American Girl I'm reading while I'm older? Whatever the reason, this book seemed a little boring to me. It had some interesting points, but mostly it's just her running around trying to be on the basketball team. It wasn't exciting at all. The big climax wasn't very engaging. Mostly when I was reading I was thinking, "Huh, that stinks. Well, I guess that's cool. When does this chapter end? I want to get back to my Star Wars book."

The writing itself
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Elise
Jan 21, 2016 Elise rated it liked it
Seemed a little far fetched at first, that everything was so hippie. Maybe the 70s were really like that. Maybe the other books are just as far fetched, I just don't know if because they are so long ago. But overall I liked the story at lot.
Rebecca
Oct 10, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
My first American Girl book, read so I could present Erin's American Girl book club! I actually really liked it! This one was written by Megan McDonald of Judy Moody fame, and though its simple, optimistic writing is appropriate for its audience, this introduction to Julie of 1974 still deals with divorce, a new school, gender bias, and Title Nine (detailed in the "Looking Back" note at the end). The oil paintings and full-color spot illustrations (most of which visually explain an of-the-time d ...more
Taylor
Mar 29, 2009 Taylor rated it it was amazing
Julie doesn't want to move from her favorite place ever even jsut a few miles away would make her cry. Moving would mean leaving her best friend Ivy and her pet rabbitt Nutmeg. The worst of all is she would have to leave her dad now that her parents are divorced. Then Julie is pumoed when she finds out that the new school has a bsketball team until the coach says "NO GIRLS ALOUD!". Julie has to fight her place on the team,some of her classmats tease her, and now even her best friend ivy wont tal ...more
Cara
Oct 31, 2015 Cara rated it liked it
Shelves: fun-or-frivolity
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Alexis
Aug 10, 2015 Alexis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it's gives a true understanding and. I also think that the message is you can do any sport you want even if you''re a girl believe in yourself

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"Sometimes I think I am Judy Moody," says Megan McDonald, author of the Judy Moody series, the Stink series, and THE SISTERS CLUB. "I'm certainly moody, like she is. Judy has a strong voice and always speaks up for herself. I like that."

For Megan McDonald, being able to speak up for herself wasn't always easy. She grew up as the youngest of five sisters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father, an
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