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A Girl Named Mister

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Nikki Grimes, a bestselling author known for titles such as Dark Sons, Barak Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, and Voices of Christmas has written a gripping book from the perspective of a girl named Mister (Mary Rudine) who finds herself momentarily distracted from her faith commitment to purity by a handsome boy named Trey. After one night of weakness, Mister finds h...more
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Zondervan (first published August 6th 2010)
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What else would you call it?
I know girls who have sex every day
and walk away.
Me, I break God’s law once,
and look what it gets me. (121)

I received a copy of A Girl Named Mister through GoodReads.com’s FirstReads giveaway program. One point in this book’s favor: it is a quick and easy read. (I breezed through it in about two hours.) This is due to the fact that the book is written in verse, so even though it is 223 pages in length, consider the fact that about 50% of each page is clean...more
Jan 12, 2011 Tina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tina by: Goodreads
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I'm not a poetry person. When I was younger, I tried my hand at writing some poems because I wanted to be a writer. I started off with the poems with correct syllables and enough rhymes, and then I graduated to free verse poems which didn't have the same poetic tone that other poems I read do. When I got to college and joined our literary folio, I decided that I am not a poet, and while I appreciate some poems every now and then, I would really rather read prose.

I c...more
Eva Leger
I read this today, this morning, while I drank my coffee. :) It's a very fast book, even for a slower reader I'm sure.
I hadn't any plans to read this actually although I have heard of Nikki Grimes before I didn't have any of her books on my to-read list. I was walking through the library and hauling a huge stack of books I'd already checked out for Julia (with a few for myself) when I noticed this for whatever reason. The title is what had to capture my attention first since the spine was the on...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Mary Rudine, nicknamed Mister, brought up with the Bible, has sex once with a boy, and finds herself pregnant. What I liked about this novel in verse is how Mister's story is interwoven with that of Mary's virgin birth of Jesus, which Mister reads for comfort, to help her accept what has happened to her, and to find the courage to tell her mother, her best friend, and the baby's father. Mary herself is depicted as trusting in God but very unsure as to how Joseph and her family will react to a vi...more
With the man character being a highly religious girl with a purity ring, this book could have been a good way to educate about birth control and deal with the reality that people have sex. Instead it just uses fear-mongering at an attempt to encourage abstinence. It reinforces the belief of adults that everyone under 18 is an idiot. It reinforces the lies told to teens that no matter what you do, if you have sex before marriage horrible things will happen. This book is just bad for everyone.

A Girl Named Mister by Nikki Grimes

Mary Rudine also known as Mister, is a young Christian girl, and is determined to save her special gift for her betrothed. She wears a purity ring to symbolize her vow. When she meets handsome and long eye-lashed, Trey, she is tempted to give in. No longer able to resist, Trey’s charms, her resolve melts. Afterwards, she struggles to be the Christian girl she believes no longer exists, and the aftermath of her decision.

When I first began, I wasn’t sure if I wou...more
This book was actually much better than I thought. When I heard this book was filled with nothing but poetry I was a bit nervous about opening this book. I mean, I do like poetry, but it normally doesn't hold much interest for me. However, with this book it was much different. I opened it up, and didn't put it down until I finished the very last page. Even though it took me a scant hour to read the book's entirety I found myself taken on a special journey. With poetry about both Mister and Mary...more
So, it turns out that, no, her parents did not name her Mister (thankfully), but it is a nick named derived from the first letters of her first and middle names: Mary Rudine. A pretty typical teen, unsure of herself, a lack of self-esteem. Along comes Trey and he tells her she is the greatest thing ever to come into his life.

Mister is a church going teen who reads her Bible fairly diligently until she succumbs to Trey's seduction and sleeps with him. "These days, I wake and look at The Book, a f...more
Short novel in verse about a Christian girl who has sex, regrets it, and then discovers she's pregnant. The story of "Mister" (M.R.) is interspersed with the story of the Virgin Mary as she awaits the birth of Jesus. It works. Not sure who I would recommend it to -- Christian kids might be scandalized by the fact that Mister has sex, but then maybe they should read this to see that not everyone who does it before marriage is a "bad" person. Mister struggles, but her faith is what gets her throug...more
I would recommend A Girl Named Mister to anyone. It combines spirtuality and everyday life dealing with teen pregnancy. The story is told through a fifteen year old girl named Mary and the tough choices she's made and the difficult decisions that await her. Along the way she refers to the Biblical Mary to help her through her most trying time in her life. Nikki Grimes did a wonderful job, I just love her books/poetry. Thanks Goodreads and sponsor.
This is an interesting, quick read. It is written in verse. Some lines are very good, others are cheesy. Overall, it's good, though it ends with some ambiguity, which I'm not a big fan of.
Katrina Burchett
Mary Rudine: First it was Mary, then it was M.R. Mister is all anybody calls me now… Mister wears a purity ring. She has made the choice to save herself for the man she marries, but then she meets Trey and finds out that a commitment to abstain from sex can be more difficult to keep than she thought.

Before Trey, Mister was a good Christian girl. After Trey, she was still a good Christian girl even though she didn’t think so; she just made a bad choice. A few sweet, soft-spoken words and sensual...more
Fourteen-year-old Mister (short for M.R., which is in turn short for Mary Rudine) has promised not to have sex before marriage; however, her devotion to church and to her promise wavers when she meets Trey. Soon, she has broken her promise and finds herself pregnant. Seeking comfort and guidance, she turns to a book of poems told from the perspective of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who is dealing with an unexpected pregnancy as well.

I thought this book was well-written, and Mister's struggle to de...more
I just happened to pick this book up around Christmas without realizing the Christmas message it incorporated. (That's what happens when you don't read the jacket!) Typical of Nikki Grimes it is a beautiful novel written in free verse. The story alternates between the voice of a current day 14 year old teen - Mary Rudine (also called Mister for M.R.) who becomes pregnant and the voice of teenage Mary, mother of Jesus, as written in a book of poetry that is loved by Mister's mother. Mister is int...more
Nov 18, 2011 LeAnne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens and church libraries
Shelves: christian-ya
Nice Christian girl gets pregnant is not a new plot line, but Nikki Grimes's poetry gives fresh insights into an all-too-familiar story. Poetry touches emotions in a way that prose often misses. "Ankle deep,/my faith a thing/ I wade in now and then." Mary Rodine (MR) takes courage from a book of poems about the Virgin Mary, facing the same physical changes and stigma of an unexpected pregnancy as Mister.

The book is a quick read--lots of white space on the page, which can make it attractive to r...more
There are no words to describe how extraordinary Nikki Grimes is.

I got a lot from this book, though I must say that I am glad that this same situation has not presented itself to me, and hopefully it shall not.

I liked how perfect Mister seemed at the beginning of this book; the most defining trait of her being her 'pureness' until she wasn't.

Let me just fume about Trey for a bit though. I hate him, he's a player with too much game for me to put up with. "I pity the fool," (Mr. T) and yes, I am...more
Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author. She has written more than fifty books and is also the winner of a Coretta Scott King Award, an NCTE Award, and has been on the Notable Books list of the American Library Association many times. "A Girl Named Mister" is another example of Nikki Grimes' ability to use poetry to tell a powerful and moving story that will touch everyone who reads it.

Mister is the nickname of Mary Rudine, a fourteen-year-old girl living in New York with her single...more
A novel in verse, we see a young Christian girl, Mary known as Mister to her friends, as she makes choices and lives with the consequences. Helping her deal is a book of poems written about Mary, the mother of God. Seeing Mary as a young woman facing the challenging situation of her own and relying on God to get her through, this Mary can cope with the truths revealed in her life.

We're left with an open ending, which I think allows the reader to argue one way or the other. I think it's more help...more
Very quick read, written in verse by a teenage girl living in difficult circumstances. She compares her life with that of Jesus' mother Mary, who was also a young pregnant unmarried girl. Anybody who enjoys unusual writing styles or who works with teenagers will enjoy this book which his actually meant for "Young Readers".
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Although it has an interesting premise, this book is painful to read. Mary Rudine, a.k.a M.R. a.k.a Mister, is a good Christian girl who gets pregnant. Feeling ashamed and shunned by God, she turns to a book called "Mary, Mary." In it, Mary, mother of Jesus, describes being pregnant and unwed. The book flips POVs from Mary to MR as both their pregnancies advance.

It presents a view of a wrathful & unforgiving God. It is a view that often convinces people to stop believing or never believe at...more
Mary Rudine, nicknamed Mister because of her initials, has always been a “good girl.” She attends church every Sunday, sings in the choir, and does well in school. When she meets Trey the feelings she has for him throw her for a loop and she forgets the promise she made to God to save herself for marriage. She thinks she loves Trey and has sex with him. After she ends up pregnant, he abandons her. Feeling all alone, she begins to question whether God still loves her. She discovers a book of poet...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Almost everyone called Mary Rudine Mister for as long as she can remember she has attended church and sung in the choir.But than she met Trey with his smooth words and long lashes he makes her question what is right and that one mistake leaves her hiding a growing secret. Another Mary is preparing for her upcoming wedding and has done everything according to Jewish law. So when an angel tells her that she -a virgin- will give birth, Mary can't help but feel confused, and soon finds herself strug...more
While the subject matter is very important, I am not sure the presentation was the best. A Girl Named Mister by Nikki Grimes has a valuable message to impart, I just felt it could have dug deeper.

"Mister" was intent on saving herself for marriage, and I believe she was sincere, but too easily she was 'seduced' by Trey, an obviously shallow 'player' looking only to use Mister's innocence to his advantage. Mister's mother forgot to truly be a mother, where was the support her daughter so desperate...more
Amy Gonzalez
Mary Rubin, also known as "Mister" for her initials M.R., is a good girl. She sings in the church choir, is a star player on the volleyball team, and goes to church every Sunday. Then she meets Trey, a good looking, smooth-talking guy, and she gives in to temptation. She turns to her mother's book of poetry about Mary, the mother of Jesus, to comfort her about the choices she's made and to help her through everything that follows.

I highly recommend this book for girls who want to read about tou...more
Mary Rudine nick named as Mister, is a young Christian girl, and is determined to save her special gift till marriage. She wears a purity ring to symbolize her vow with God. Try becomes her boyfriend and swipes her off her feet and her vow is broken. Pregnant and abandoned by Try, Mister feels she has become seperated from God dispite the support of her family and church. She turns to a book about Mary the mother of Jesus and finds support and comfort in the story.

The story of "A Girl Named Mist...more
Jennifer Stephens
This book was surprisingly good, although I am not sure I would completely label it "teen fiction." Alot of it cannot be appreciated until you have been pregnant yourself/partner or have experienced quite a bit of life. It's well written, and the intertwining of the two pregnancies in the book compliment each other. One story makes you appreciate the other all the more.
I wasn't bothered by the fact that it is written in verse. Each small poem is intriguing when read on it's own; I especially li...more
This book will be perfect for our September/October spoken word poetry showcase!
Mary Rudine, known by the nickname Mister, is very faith driven, Christian 15 year old who makes one big mistake. As a baby develops inside of her, the father now long gone, she finds herself reading the book Mary, Mary about the pregnancy of the Virgin Mary. As she reads about Mary's experiences of pregnancy, uncertainty and faith, she rediscovers herself. Believable, touching, and I really liked the end. You could feel her emotional pain and uncertainty, yet were left with a feeling of hope.
Excellently written free verse tells the story of Mary Rudine, also known as a girl named Mister. She struggles with her vow to be pure to God and wavers when she meets Trey. Her story is entertwined with that of Mary, mother of God. Powerful missive on many levels--faith, relationships (not just of Trey and Mister--the relationships between Mister and her best friend as well as Mister and her mother are also a major focus in this story) and major decisions that need to be made as part of growin...more
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