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My Girl

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  905 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
When your Dad's an undertaker,
your Mom's in heaven,
and your Grandma's got a screw loose...
it's good to have a friend who understands you.
Even if he is a boy.

Thomas J. is Vada's best friend. They live near enough to each other to bike ride over and play, or even just hang out. The two are always together, sharing their afternoons, their adventures in the lake, and all of th
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1992 by Scholastic Hippo (first published December 1st 1991)
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Jul 07, 2013 j rated it it was amazing
I just rewatched the movie for the first time in about 20 years and was like "where is the scene where Veda and Thomas J have a contest over who can pee the longest?" and I realized that part is only in the novelization. But I can see the scene in my brain! Weird. Also I read the book before I saw the movie, so maybe that has something to do with it.

Also weird: This movie came out in 1991 and is set in 1972. It has now been longer since the movie came out than the difference between those two ti
Jan 21, 2011 Havanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sad
How would you feel if your mom was dead, your grandmother was loopy and your dad was an undertaker? Vada, the main character in “My Girl” by Patricia Hermes knows how that feels. This book is based on the motion picture by Laurice Elehwany. This is a realistic fiction book.
In this book, Vada lives with her father and her grandmother in a very large house were funerals take place. Vada is a tomboy. She is 11 years and and has one friend named Thomas J. Over the Summer Break, Vada experiences her
Jun 11, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: movie-tie-ins
I had been thinking about this movie when I found this book in a basket of free books. Written from Vada's point of view it is a bit different from the movie while still containing scenes from the film. A pretty decent read and a bit of an emotional ending
Mar 06, 2009 Kristy rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh I LOVED this book and movie as a kid! I don't know why because it is so freakin' sad, but sometimes I like sad things!
Sep 20, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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Sep 26, 2016 Sal rated it it was amazing
I watched the movie before I read this book, but to be fair I was only 10 when I first saw it. It's hilarious and adorable, but the ending still gets me every time with Thomas J. (HOW COULD THEY DO THAT TO HIM, AM I RIGHT?). There's a part of me that knows I grew up with a strong personality and extremely dramatic because of Vada.
Nov 01, 2009 Larissa rated it really liked it
My girl

My girl by: Patricia Hermes is about a bond with Vada and Thomas J. which is so tight that it will never be broken. They live right next to each other; Vada who is 11 needs a best friend since her mother has perished. Though Vada thinks of him as a dork he is still her best friend. Thomas J. is often made fun of because of his small size, skinny figure, being allergic to everything and his huge glasses that magnify his eyes. Vada’s internal conflict is small but mighty she wants to marr
Stacey B.
Aug 12, 2016 Stacey B. rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, reviewed, read-2016
Check out this review on my blog.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I have only seen bits and pieces of the movie, never actually watching it all the way through, but I knew a little bit about the story line and when I found the book at a thrift store, I decided to pick it up and give it a try. It's a really short book so it didn't take long to read at all. I enjoyed reading it. It was a quick read to cleanse my palate after reading some longer books. The story was fun but also sad and emotional.

Julia Brumfield
Sep 05, 2016 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it
Shelves: film-books, book
This movie pulls at the fringes of my mind sometimes and it is only since of the song although I know the song wasn't actually related to the movie much. It is a beautiful coming-of-age story that seems to be a bit outdated and yet at the same time one that can will always be present no matter what the times may bring to newer generations.

The author did a great job of keeping the voice of the protagonist in the telling of her story while it adds that much more a special touch. Although Vada is
Oct 07, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People with a mushy heart!!! HAHA
Recommended to Laura by: My mom
What happened in this book was sad, I actually started crying while I was reading it!!!! Don't tell anyone... This book was about a girl that lost her mom when she was born. Simualar to what wer're reading in English yet different! "Vada" her nickname learns how to cope with people, cause her dad works all the time down in the basement because he is an undertaker, and her grandmother doesn't even talk and shes a little on the crazy side it's good to have at least one best friend who in this case ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This book gets me every time...yup, made me cry again. This is only my 45th time reading it and I've seen the movie about as many times but yup, made me cry again. It has probably been 15+ years since I last read it but I still knew what was coming and yup, made me cry again.

Which came first the chicken or the egg or the book or the movie? It doesn't really matter they are very similar and both amazing.

This book was a staple of my childhood. I grew up with Vada (who was actually my cousin Ruth
Windy Hill
Jan 17, 2011 Windy Hill rated it really liked it
This book was one of the few outstanding stories of true friendship that I have read in a long time. These types of novels aren't often found on bookshelves anymore. The story My Girl, by Patricia Hermes was written in the 1990's. The many characters live a simple life without having the choice of the modern day technology instead of riding your bike around town with your best friend. Throughout the story these two kids went through troubles and temptations in their friendship. Towards the end ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
When i was little, i watched the movie version of this book. At the time, i didn't know what half of the things they were talking about were. But as i grew older, i began to understand and comprehend the events that happened in the story. This book was my childhood written in paperback. When i first read the book, i was overcome with tears and filled with joy all at the same time. I always was excited to re-read it, but at the same time i didn't want to because of those lingering feelings of ...more
Jul 15, 2014 J.N. rated it it was ok
Basically the book version of the movie. There might be a few scenes that are new or altered since the book is from Vada's point-of-view. The author did a good job telling the story through the eyes of an eleven-year-old. I probably would have liked this better if I were younger. I believe the movie is better, but still kind of neat to see a written version.
Apr 28, 2011 Meredith rated it it was amazing
Probably the saddesnt book I've ever read. By the end I was practically drowning in tears and don't even get me started with the movie. I truly respect anyone who can read this book or watch the movie without crying. Any author who can make me cry like that has clearly written a good book. Also, you should see Fly Away Home, it's a movie, but she wrote the book.
This book is a book about the joys of friendship. Growing up Vada and Thomas J. had always had each other to depend on and enjoy life with, but when Thomas J. dies Vada must learn to appreciate the time she had with Thomas J. while continuing on with her life. This book is a good book for helping children see what a great gift friendship are.
May 05, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who has seen the movie.
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Nov 30, 2012 Sammantha rated it it was amazing
I have read this book a million times. :) This is the first book that actually made me cry. You know, at the part where she's reading the weeping willow poem. It is one of the best books in the whole world. I think I'll go read it again!! I loved the movie and this book is great!!
Natalie Walker
Feb 02, 2010 Natalie Walker rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Natalie by: my mother
I found that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I loved the film, and so I decided to buy, and read the book.
No matter how many times I read it, it always makes me cry :)
It is a definate must-read!
It really makes you think about things clearly.
Mar 30, 2010 Randy rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites for sure. I think I got this book in grade school and was so excited when I found it in the attic. I read it again. I think I have probably read this book a dozen times. Everytime I feel the need for a good cry.
Feb 27, 2013 أمل rated it liked it
This is a good book It is about a girl who is trying to find her place in the world and who she is Thomas helps her too. Her mother died when she was a baby..
Kellie Elmore
May 01, 2011 Kellie Elmore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heartwarming
The very first book I ever read. I wasn't into books at all & then I picked this one up and I could not lay it down! Thats a big deal!
Oct 21, 2011 Hanna rated it it was amazing
I loved this book the first time I read it in late elementary school. I want to re-read it this year during the week we're at my parents' house.
May 04, 2012 Lauren rated it did not like it
Nothing about this story is something that I like or would ever want to read again. The characters put me off right away and I just wasn't able to get into the story.
Aug 14, 2014 Elaene rated it it was amazing
I forgot I read this a long time ago! Mi Mami lo encontro en mi cuarto y la volvi a leer !! I loved the Movie, but I really loved the book more !!!
Feb 20, 2013 Noirfifre rated it liked it
Easy read, entertaining, evoking memories of my childhood. There are moments of sadness and your heart will be touched.
Samantha Osborne
Aug 02, 2015 Samantha Osborne rated it it was amazing
i really loved this book it was so good and everything and it was a little different than the movie but it still had some of the same stuff in it.
May 28, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: preteen girls, or girls of any age
Recommended to Rachel by: no one, i found it myself (:
i read this book back in like 2nd or 3rd grade
i've always loved it

and funnily
i JUST found out that the book was written AFTER the movie.
but it's still a really really good book.
Feb 09, 2016 Lilli marked it as to-read
This is so sad I'm 9 and I don't get this stuff but I'd hate it if someone died who I'm close to :(:(:(
May 28, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it
This book (and movie) made me cry like a bitch! It wa really cute, funny, and sad at some parts. I read this when I was pretty young.
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