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Nice and Mean by Jessica Leader
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Jun 14, 2010

it was amazing

This is a fresh, authentic tale of middle school diversity; not just group diversity, but also the diversity within one person--because each one of us is more than any "label."

As a first-generation American, I could identify with hardworking immigrant Sachi, who yearns to be more than just "Nice." Yet as an ex child-drama-queen, I could also identify with snooty, snarky Marina who is up to her earrings in social drama (most of which is her own dang fault). Both voices are unique and bursting with humor; they ring true and hook you fast. It's a breezy, entertaining read that happens to be about some serious stuff.

Nice and Mean is book I'd highly recommend for middle grade readers.

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