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Honestly, Katie John! (Katie John #3)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  258 ratings  ·  12 reviews
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Paperback, 214 pages
Published 1972 by Scholastic (first published 1963)
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What girl didn't want to join Katie John's Boy Hating Club of America in sixth grade?
Maddie Senator
Yay! They have this book, too! I love old books like this, and the story is so fun. Tomboy Katie John is just about to hit adolescence, and is trying to reconcile herself to growing up. After screaming out that she hates all boys when some classmates tease her about having a crush, her best friend Edwin becomes angry at her and starts to avoid her. Through the course of the narrative, she learns about what it means to grow up, explores an old house that she finds in the woods, celebrates Hallowe ...more
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Before Nickelodeon or Disney Channel, it was books like Honestly, Katie John! that entertained the young people of America. Reading this 1960's book in 2013 is like a window into the past; that alone makes it entertaining, but I enjoyed it for another reason: it was a fun, well-written chronicle of a little girl who is hesitant to grow up. Many readers, even now, would likely feel Katie John's pain, whether they are feeling it now or did in the past. That gives Honestly, Katie Jo
I think this is my favorite of the Katie John books just because she is struggling with such an identifiable struggle: growing into a young lady but not wanting to act like everyone else who had turned unrecognizable and boy crazy. I think just hearing me read it might have made my daughters feel better about any internal battle they may have been having-the dilemma of having a friend who was a boy but not wanting to be aligned romantically. I love how Katie doesn't want to live a "little" life ...more
This is the first book I can remember reading over and over. I got it through the Scholastic Book program in 3rd grade...I think that this book was responsible for my love of reading. Honestly, Katie John! will always have a special place in my heart. (I have now named one of my orchids Katie John.)
I loved this book when I was a kid. I'd probably re-read it if I could get my hands on it.
Amy Flink
I read this book when I was 9 going in 4th grade. In summer 1985 I was with my family on vacation on the Washinton State Coast staying in a cabin in Grays Harbor area, and Mom would go garage sale-ing during the day. She bought this book for 10c and I knew I was going to like it. The inside title page showed Katie on her bike and she reminded me of Beverly Cleary's Ellen Tebbits. I fell in love with Katie that summer day. The book is so good and Katie is so much like me. I found the part where s ...more
Here's another book about stable, respectable Katie John. She's not the kind of gal you would expect to be a rebellious, pot smoking teenager having sex in the backseat of cars, but you never know. Sometimes the most earnest little girls grow up to have a really good time. But in these books, Katie John is mostly good, maybe a little naughty, just to spice things up.
Rachel Piper
Not as charming as the other Katie John books, which have Katie John going on fun adventures and making unusual friends. Katie John spends most of this book alienating people and acting like a heel. I love books about self-discovery and growth, but 11 is such an awkward age that, for me, it's better left to hazy memories.
Oh, poor Katie John. Everything she touches twists around and bites her in this wonderful book about being almost-but-not-quite an adolescent. Does she really hate boys? Is she really crazy? Reading this is not unlike living through it. *squirm* Recommended.
One of the first books that I identified with the main character. Excellent coming of age and trying different things to find yourself book.
A Katie John I could really relate to, that horrible moment when the gender thing comes into play and everything is ruined forever. :)
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