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The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Aphrodite Wigglesmith is a thirteen-year-old prodigy. After a fast track through Harvard, she's back at her old middle school to teach remedial math and prove a bold theory: anyone can be a genius with the right instruction. Enter Mindy, a ditzy baton twirler who knows more about hair roots than square roots. What could she possibly learn from such a frumpy nerd, except ma ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 18th 2011 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Katie Fitzgerald
This book is definitely not a serious one, and it requires some suspension of disbelief. The entire story is predicated on an impossibility - that a middle schooler would teach middle school - and readers who get hung up on that fact will have a harder time enjoying the story. Those who can get past that, however, will enjoy this unique tale of an unlikely friendship and two interesting young teens. This book deals with the same issues as many tween novels - fights between friends, feeling put d ...more
Addison Children
Aphrodite is a genius. At 13 she is completing her doctorate at Havard when she takes time out to teach remedial math at her own middle school. She is trying to prove that anyone can be a math wiz. (And she does prove this, although I still have serious reservations about the premise.) Meanwhile, Aphrodite makes friends for the first time with a girl her own age and learns to be a 13 year-old. After the first day the 13 year-old substitute teacher did a great job of teaching and maintaining orde ...more
Dawn Moore
Jan 28, 2015 Dawn Moore rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the beginning of my review
It's a really cute children's book, or perfect pick-me-up for any age if you've just read a depressing book. It's heartfelt, sweet, and very funny, and I empathized a lot with the school-oriented girl, like a lot.
My only issue is that Aphrodite is the one who's amazing at school and lacking in fashion sense when the other girl who cares more about her looks and knows how to dress should be the one named after the goddess of love. This bugged be the entire time I read it, but I was more amused th
Lisa Nocita
Jul 04, 2012 Lisa Nocita rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 10-11 year olds
Syrupy sweet and utterly predictable, The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius, is the tale of a thirteen year old prodigy, who, having completed her master's degree at Harvard, has returned to her former middle school to pursue research on a theory she has that anyone, no everyone, can be a math wiz. Not a math whiz, but a math wiz. I guess short for wizard. So, Aphrodite "Dytee" Wigglesworth (one of the worst character names ever!)takes on teaching a group of her less nimble minded eight ...more
Sonia and Julia
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this book is about two girls who are thirteen and one graduated Harvard and is now teach a remedial math class and the other girl is in the class and is bad at math. So the genius has a theory that anyone can become a math genius and she proves this right in this book.
The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius is about main characters Aphrodite Wigglesmith and Mindy Loft. Aphrodite is the Harvard grad. at the age of thirteen who decides to teach remedial math at her former middle school. Mindy's main ambition in life is to twirl her way to a win at the Twirlcrazy Grand Championships. Written in alternating chapters between the beauty and the brains this story is more about friendship and how it is important to not judge by exteriors. A middle grade story wit ...more
Nija Johnson
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Oct 20, 2014 Jj marked it as to-read
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This book was surprisingly cute! I received an advance reader's copy from a local bookstore and almost did not read this one due to the demeaning title. As an adult with many college courses on gender (roles, disparity, portrayal in media), the cover completely turned me off. However, I read everything I can and this was just sitting in my living room, so I picked it up, and I was happily surprised. The two main characters are fun and well-formed. Highly recommended for girls ages 8-12. Unfortun ...more
Cool book! There was a missed comma on page 37, paragraph 3. It says: "Hermy laughed so hard squash came out of his nose." There is no comma between "hard" and "squash", so what this is saying is that Hermy laughed, and then HARD squash came out of his nose. If the sentence was like this: "Hermy laughed so hard, squash came out of his nose." then that would mean he laughed really hard, which made squash come out of his nose.
Emma Xoxo
I really liked this book. It showed that people can be math wiz's and they shouldn't be treated like "boneheads". I'm not sure what happened to Aphrodite could really happen in real life, but it was very nice to read about. The classes determination without Ms.Wigglesmith really amazed me and made me emotional. I rate this book 5 stars. ***** . -Signing off, Emma XoXo
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Do you struggle with math? Or maybe another subject in school? This book does a great job of showing that even smart kids need a little extra (or just different) help sometimes. It also shows that being a genius in one thing doesn't mean you don't have a lot to learn about something else.
Joelle Anthony
I totally loved this book. And I think lots of ten and eleven year old girls would find it really fun. Maybe even a bit older. It's a great premise and a quick read with fun characters. I will be looking for more by this author.
Read this book with my Book Buddy. It was very cute and clever! Witty and very age appropriate (she's 13). Would recommend this to every 13 year old girl! A great story about friendship.
Sep 14, 2011 None added it
Janis is a topnotch m-g author. it is a surprising rarity, surprising it is a rarity. we have ALWAYS been hungry for m-g books, ever since i started in the biz in '83. the one constant.
Another for the math extra credit project. About a teen who has finished college while still w kid and comes back to substitute teach a 7th grade math class. Cute book for girls.
Surprisingly, I liked Mindy's chapters better than Dytee's. I don't like that nickname by the way. I won't spoil the book, but the ending was sweet.
It was a fun, fast, light read. It didn't take itself too seriously and I could pick it up and put it down when I needed.
Cute kids book, something light to read when I was indisposed. No surprises, but definitely likeable characters.
Despite the fact that this is tween lit with a moral you can see coming a mile away, I rather liked it. 3.5
Mary Ann
Fun middle school girl read. I recommend it.
Cute story - one of Rylee's books
Janice Repka has taught at Point Park.
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In addition to her writing career, Janice Repka has been a teacher and a lawyer. Her first book, The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco, won the Nebraska Golden Sower Award and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. She has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania as well as Master's degrees in English and Creative Writing from McNeese State University. She is a mother of four and a teaches writin ...more
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