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Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,359 ratings  ·  225 reviews

Loveable thirteen-year-old geek Milo Cruikshank finds reasons for frustrations at every turn, like the way his neighbor carves her pumpkin way too early to last until Halloween, or the fact that Summer Goodman won’t look twice at him while Hillary Alpert keeps leaving notes in his locker. The truth is, ever since Milo’s mother died, nothing has gone right. Now, instead of...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Aladdin
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Angela
I kind of started weeping on the train while reading this. Luckily, I live close enough to the end of the line that there weren't many people sitting around me.

Because being the new kid in middle school isn't bad enough, Milo also has to deal with the death of his mother. There are times that it's familiar and witty, the trials of being in middle school, and times you don't want to revisit if you've ever suffered the loss of a loved one. He tries to cope with his loss and be a "normal" kid, neit...more
Betsy
“It’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid if the mom died.” BAM! Now that’s grabby, ain’t it? If I were a Hollywood executive I suppose that might be how I’d sell Alan Silberberg’s newest novel about a boy and his issues. It’s not how I’d sell it to an actual kid, though. Alan Silberberg has managed something that I would have deemed near impossible. He’s penned a funny novel that deals with the very real issue of how a family copes when one of its family members passes on and he's done it with a combo of art...more
Eric
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Charon
This book made me cry. Five times.

It is very real, and the characters are real, too. It isn't one of those books that just throws sad situations at you and expects you to cry, but it actually adds in a ton of emotion and depth into it.

I don't really have much of anything else to say... When I saw the cover(s) of this book, I thought that it would be a funny book, not one that would make me cry. (Five times.) This book must have been one of the biggest 'don't judge a book by its cover' lessons fo...more
Suz
Milo has all the typical middle school problems - he's the new kid at school, he has an odd name (Milo Cruikshank), he has a secret crush on a girl who doesn't even speak to him, he's failing math and has to have tutoring sessions 2 afternoons a week, and he and his friend Marshall can't beat Warfighter 4 on the XBox. So, as you begin reading, you think this will be another story written as journal entries about funny things that happen to the main character. But as you read, you find out that M...more
Paul  Hankins
I'm so happy to have picked up Milo today. It's been on the shelf for sometime with the recommendation of some Centurion friends at Facebook. And then, Alan posted a comment on a thread I was working on over at Facebook and I thought. . .I am going to read that book today.

Sometimes, in the all of the darkness and grief cited by those looking into the MG/YA fishbowl, something gets missed. There is a lot of hurt piled upon the awkwardness that is the MG years (let's sit down sometime and I will s...more
Heather
I picked this up expecting a light Diary of a Wimpy Kid-type read. It's true that there were funny comic-type illustrations throughout this book about a middle school boy who is a few rungs down on the social ladder, but that's about where the similarity ends. Don't get me wrong--I love Wimpy Kid--but there's about as much depth to those books as the kiddie wading pool at the park. For Milo, though, you better be prepared with some diving gear. There's no shortage of books out there on children...more
Jen
12 year-old Milo Cruikshank has a lot to deal with. He’s just moved into a new house in a new town – the 5th placed he’s lived- the girl he has a crush on doesn’t know he exists, yet Hillary keeps leaving annoying notes in his locker; and the weird old lady across the street keeps waving at him. But the biggest issue Milo has to deal with is the fact that his mom died two years ago. And that’s changed everything at home, with Milo’s family, and in himself. Silberberg handles this heavy topic wit...more
Kristi
If you flip through the pages of this book or even just glance at the cover, you'll think this is just another Diary of a Wimpy Kid kind of read. BUT they don't say not to judge a book by it's cover for nothin'!

MILO is a deceptively simple and light-hearted book that actually will make you weep (yes, weep-- not shed a tear or two) and the simple writing still manages to break your heart and rip it to shreds.

I LOVED this book. I loved Milo and Marshal and Hillary. Well done, Alan Silberberg! Am...more
Randy
I love authors who can explore heavy topics with a light hand. It keeps the sad stuff from getting really depressing and reminds readers that a good sense of humor can get you through a lot.

Milo has just moved--again--to a new school. He lives with his dad and older sister ... and the shadow of his mother. She died a couple of years before and no one's been the same since. His father's approach is to never talk about her, put away all pictures of her, and just generally ignore the obvious. Milo...more
Serenity Gause
She is a dancer a singer, a nurse, pirate, a hole that never could be filled, she is alive again. This genre of this book is realistic fiction, because this book is super easy to connect to.And the way he the characters seem so real. This book is super good, because its easy to connect to.

The setting of the my book is at Sylvia Poole house. This where Milo start to remember about his mom. Milo just move in to a new town and they all make him think about his mom.He wanted to bring him back alive...more
Gina
Sweet, easy read. My ten year old was worried it was below her lexile level, (what??) but I assured her that as long as she was reading and enjoying it, that's what is important. She enjoyed it and insisted I read it as well so we could discuss. Milo struggles with the loss of his mother but does so in a way that you can smile more than anything. Okay, I may have teared up a bit at the end, but that's what made it a great book. Written in the style of the Wimpy Kid series with lots of doodles an...more
Alyson
I laughed through the first chapter and cried through the second. Great book!
Erica
Book talk: Milo has become pretty good at moving. So when he moves to his 5th house in 13 years he knows the drill of being a new kid and is hoping just to make it through the year alive. There are some good things about his new school, like the gorgeous Summer Goodman and his new friend Marshall aka One-Eyed Jack. But there are also some set backs, like the fact that Summer Goodman doesn't even know he exists while his loser neighbor Hillary keep putting notes in his locker. Sometimes Milo just...more
Britney Gulbrandsen
I honestly had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up. I saw a recommendation for it somewhere online, saw the cover and title and thought, "Yep. I gotta read that." So I put it on my Christmas wish list, and the hubby got it for me. Christmas night, my husband and I decided to play a fun game. We piled up all the books we got as gifts and read the first line out loud to each other. Well, with this one, I had to read past the first line. And past the first paragraph. And past the f...more
Cheri
At first, I wasn't so sure about this one. Milo is annoying, gross, and awkward, and I am so tired of the almost Diary of a Wimpy Kid illustrations in books "for boys" that I could close them all without reading.
The thing that kept me going was that Milo has just lost his mother to cancer, and the entire book claimed to be about his coping with that. After I gave it a few chapters, I realized that Milo is a regular 12 year old boy: annoying, gross, and awkward. But totally himself and entirely a...more
Girot17505
Jan 31, 2012 Girot17505 rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Milo Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze is a very nice book it talks about a boy that is around 12 years old and has just moved into a new house and a new school.
I enjoyed this book a lot because it made me laugh, but also made me cry and it is very nicely written.
It’s a very sentimental book because after three chapters we understand that Milo’s mom died not to long ago so in some passages he remembers some moments that he spent with his mom and it is so well written that the author makes you feel...more
Leslie
"Silberberg does the illustrations in the book. They are a nice addition to the story (especially for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid). They keep to the light and comic and youthful. Their moments are no less poignant when necessary, a nice accompaniment.

Milo takes the weighty and keeps it afloat, determinedly so. This is a book about mourning and moving forward that is accessible to a greater audience than most. Quite fantastic. And it can just be plain fun. Some growing pains of the flinching sor...more
Amanda
This book started very slow for me. It wasn't until probably the fifth chapter that I really started to get into the story. I loved the way the author used a variety of pictures, and I really enjoyed that the drawings really were how a young boy would think. I liked that the book had typical middle school relationships (a goofy friend, a girl he was "in love" with), and I really liked that the book didn't allow Milo and his crush to "date" at the end. I think the book was refreshing to see both...more
Michael
Superficially, it's be easy to dismiss "Milo" as a "Wimpy Kid" knock-off. Both books feature first-person narration by a protagonist who is down on their luck when it comes to social skills and who use cartoons to illustrate their points and tell their story.

To do that would be to sell "Milo" short in a lot of ways.

Milo has just moved into the fifth house he's ever lived and is starting a new school. The move came after Milo's mother passed away and his family has been in a "fog" ever since. On...more
Tami
I truly enjoyed Milo. When I first saw it, I thought it was going to be another poor attempt at imitating the success of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Although similar in visual style and in the genuineness of the narrator's voice, Milo stands on its own as a remarkable addition to this year's Lovelace Nominees.

Milo is in love with a girl at his school--although they have never even spoken and she has no idea who he is. Having moved multiple times in the last couple years Milo is on...more
Caitlyn Roads
I just read Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg. It was a really touching but funny book. I really liked it. It started out with milo his dad and his sister moving to a new city that milo doesn't have any friend yet .Also his mom just died of a brain tumor and his dad doesn't want to keep some of the old memories because it would hurt to much to look at them, so he either sold all of the memories in a garage sale or has them in a dusty box in the attic. When he and his new be...more
Bisma Kureshy
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I really enjoyd reading this book. Milo, the main character has gone through so much and deserves nothing but happiness. I remember one of my classmates in middle school had also lost his mother and changed in personality. Later on he changed himself for the better and wanted to do something positive with his life. I think this book would be great for kids who have lost a parent or who are just going through their teenage years. THey will be able to relate to Milo's story and feel as...more
Cindy
Is it possible for a book to be both sad and hilarious?

Milo’s mom has died a few years ago and ever since then he has been living in a fog. Moving from house to house, not coping, just trying to survive. When Milo’s family moves to house number 5 he knows it’s going to be the same as before, or is it? When out running an errand, Milo spots the prettiest girl he’s ever seen and when he finds out that she is in his class, Milo thinks this is the best move ever!

Milo is a story about a middle school...more
Nicole Linder
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Jessica
This review may be very similar to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, because I loved both books for similar reasons. This one is definitely sadder, though (The Strange Case of Origami Yoda isn't sad at all), because Milo, the titular narrator, has lost his mother two years ago. Other than that, he's a very normal (albeit nerdy) seventh-grader. He has one best friend, one overly friendly female neighbor, and one HUGE crush on the class hottie, Summer Goodman (who is actually a total jerk, but, li...more
Erin Forson
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze
by Alan Silberger
Dabney St. Claire is popular, handsome, suave, and well-dressed. He’s the object of every girl’s obsession, knows what to say in every situation, and never, ever has to worry about friends. Sadly, Dabney St. Claire does not exist. Dabney is Milo’s alter-ego—his alias—in short, he is who Milo wishes he was, instead of the klutzy, nearly friendless, constantly-moving-from-house-to-house, average guy (who sometimes sneezes on pretty girls) that he...more
Terri
This is a sneaky little book. Readers pick it up thinking it's a "Wimpy Kid" read-alike, and it is... and it isn't. On p. 13 readers get their first hint that Milo is so much more than a wimp: "What do I miss? I miss laughing.... I miss a dinner table that doesn't feel lopsided and a kitchen that's full of her. How do you know that every day is the last chance to fill up on the good stuff; to jam-pack your pockets with a whole life's worth of everything you're going to miss forever?" Milo misses...more
babyhippoface
Milo took me by complete surprise. Here I was, expecting something along the lines of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and instead I found a book that was cute and funny, but mostly a heart-wrencher. It made me cry, and that doesn't happen very often. The cartoon illustrations here help to both draw and keep the interest of reluctant readers, which is a really good thing, because this book is wonderful.

Milo may be a nerd, but he's a lovable--and likeable--nerd (something that Wimpy Kid is NOT). He lives w...more
Chris
Dabney St. Claire is mysterious, smart, and popular without even trying. I talk to him out loud sometimes, but mostly he's just in my head, along for the ride, telling me how he'd do what I'm doing, only without doing it so wrong. . . .

See that? Dabney St. Claire whispers to me, and I have to ask him to speak up because the music got even louder. She's making conversation. That's what you do at parties.

I never thought of conversation as something you have to "make," which maybe explains why it'
...more
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