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Honestly, Katie John! (Katie John #3)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  331 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
In the third Katie John book, all the sixth grade girls becomes boy crazy except Katie John. In self defense, she loudly declares that she hates boys and becomes a leader of the Boy-Haters Club. This hurts the feelings of her friend Edmund, who no longer wants to spent time with her. How can she remain true to herself without offending all her friends?
Paperback, 214 pages
Published 1972 by Scholastic (first published 1963)
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Jan 13, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
What girl didn't want to join Katie John's Boy Hating Club of America in sixth grade?
Maddie Senator
Oct 07, 2009 Maddie Senator rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 22, 2013 Tia rated it it was amazing
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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
Mar 30, 2013 Jerry rated it really liked it
A Quickie Review

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
Oct 13, 2011 Angie rated it it was amazing
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.)
Sep 10, 2007 Melody rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 05, 2011 Sarahfnm rated it it was amazing
I loved this book when I was a kid. I'd probably re-read it if I could get my hands on it.
Jan 11, 2017 Ann rated it it was amazing
This third book in the KATIE JOHN series exquisitely captures the pain of early adolescence. Katie John can’t understand why the other girls in her class are so silly about boys. Even though one of her two best friends is a boy, Katie John starts the Boy Hater’s Club, and frustrated with feelings she can’t understand or control, alienates almost every other student in her class except for her loyal friend, Sue.

Some of the other girls seem to have a clear picture of what it means to be a teenage
Amy Flink
Apr 29, 2011 Amy Flink rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 28, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I can't remember how this 60s era gem fell into my lap, but I unabashedly LOVED it. I never read these books as a kid (though I have heard of Mary Calhoun), so I was a bit surprised to love this as much as I did, since nostalgia could play no part. I like Katie John as a character a lot, though, and I see some of her in myself (though I was never so brave nor so spunky). Her path to 'figuring it all out' feels very familiar, even as an adult. It gives me hope that I'm not the only one whose thou ...more
Oct 27, 2016 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I found this book at a yard sale about 100 years ago. I've always loved Katie John and wanted to revisit her. I was not disappointed.

Katie John is the same brave and interesting girl that I fell in love with more than 20 years ago. She sticks up for herself and is willing to forage her own path. However, at the same time she is kind and, just like all good children's writing, there is a lesson to be learned here.

Rereading Honestly, Katie John has been a lovely trip down memory lane. The book is
Rachel Piper
Mar 16, 2011 Rachel Piper rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, own
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.
Dec 06, 2008 HeavyReader rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 05, 2009 Kara rated it really liked it
A Katie John I could really relate to, that horrible moment when the gender thing comes into play and everything is ruined forever. :)
Jan 20, 2009 Thalia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
One of the first books that I identified with the main character. Excellent coming of age and trying different things to find yourself book.
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