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Addie on the Inside (The Misfits #3)

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In this “artfully crafted” (Publishers Weekly) companion to the bestselling The Misfits and Totally Joe, Addie Carle confronts labels, loss, and what it means to grow up.

The Gang of Five is back in this third story from Paintbrush Falls. Addie Carle, the only girl in the group of friends is outspoken, opinionated, and sometimes…just a bit obnoxious.

But as seventh grade pr
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published May 3rd 2011)
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Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels-in-verse
Just because you take a sentence
and chop it
like this
doesn't mean you're writing

Or does it?

Because this is how Addie on the Inside
is written.
And it made me

The book follows Addie,
a girl,
the girl
from The Misfits
and Totally Joe.

She is a spunky girl
a character rendered with a

Why am I not digging this book?
I wonder -
Page one hundred
And still no dice.
Are there too many
Too many social

Yes, but also
No, I realize.
Addie on the Inside by James Howe is an amazing realistic fiction book about a young girl named Addie.She is tall and very smart girl who dose not have a very big selection of friends .She has three friends there names are Skeezie, Joe and Bobby.She is trying to basically fit in but all she dose is stand out.This book took place at her school where the problems she could not excape where
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, children, tween-novel
Sigh. This novel was so heavy-handed and the main character, Addie, so self-righteous that I could barely get through it. I disagree with reviewers who felt that Howe perfectly captured a 7th grade girl and all her insecurities. I think Howe was screaming through this character and didn't leave her any room to be 13. On top of that, I thought the whole writing in verse thing did NOT work and left me a little fatigued.

Yes, Howe is trying to address some serious and worthy topics (gay bashing, bul
Richie Partington
4 September 2011 Richie's Picks: ADDIE ON THE INSIDE by James Howe, Atheneum, July 2011, 224p., ISBN: 978-1-4169-1384-9


"'In what ways do we devalue the English language?'
Mr. Daly asks a class of vacant faces and hidden,
texting hands. I shoot my hand into the air. Mr. D
smiles at me as he moves his eyes across the sullen
seventh-grade landscape. 'Does anyone other than
Addie have a thought on this? Does anyone know
what I mean by "devalue"?' Now my hand takes on
a life of it's own, wagging l
Zion Tett
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Addie on the Inside is a very poetic book book that takes a look at a middle school life of a girl and what she has to deal with. I think that middle school kids would love to read this book if there in to poetry or is just looking for a aromatic, deep, comedy book with a lot to tell. Every day when Addie walks in to school she is being judged by many people. Her friends have the same problem as well. People hate on her because she is smart and she had been dating a popular guy in school. One of ...more
Cheriee Weichel
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Misfits and Totally Joe are both great novels, but in Addie on the Inside, James Howe has surpassed himself! These books are not sequels but rather companion books that enable us to know more about the characters and the events that shaped them.

The Misfits is the story of four middle school kids who call themselves the gang of five. Bobby is chubby. Addie is tall and very smart. Joe is gay. Skeezie is a born again Elvis. None of them really fit in with the regular school population and have
Told through poetry, Addie on the Inside is all about Addie Carle, a young woman on a mission to make the world a better place. She's having to deal with a lot of stuff- lack of development physically, overabundant development mentally, first boyfriend, fitting in socially, and so many other things. By the end of the book, some things have drastically changed for Addie. However, nothing will ever change her sense of justice and desire to do some good for the world.

I love that authors are experim
Dec 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-verse
I liked the message about staying true to yourself which this companion book to The Misfits promotes, but I did find the story itself a little disappointing. It's a quick read (told in free verse) about a very smart, rather brash, nonconformist 7th grade girl who speaks her mind, but is ostracized for doing so. I thought it lacked some depth and I agree with another Goodreads reviewer who commented that James Howe tried to fit too many issues into one short book (bullying, homophobia, suicide, i ...more
Arthur Pengerbil
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Level: Grades 6-8

This companion book to The Misfits and Totally Joe is a worthy addition to the story of the Gang of Five. Addie Carle is now thirteen and facing the "purgatory of the middle school years." Written entirely in verse, these poems show a softer, more vulnerable side of strong, brave Addie. While Addie isn't reluctant to voice her opinions about everything from gay rights to women's role in history, she also feels the appeal of popularity. She loves having a boyfriend, but f
I read The Misfits and Totally Joe (by James Howe) so long ago that I don't remember any details about them, but know they were good. This newest companion to The Misfits is, however, very memorable. Somehow, he really gets the 13-year-old girl just right. Partially it's because it's written in verse, and you're really hearing Addie's voice -- not the one she uses outwardly but, as the title states, her internal voice. It is so nice to have a strong, smart adolescent girl character that also is ...more
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
The Misfits, to which this book is a companion, is one of my favorite books--the kind of book I desperately wish had existed when I was twelve, because I would have related to all of the main characters for different reasons. Addie on the Inside, while not evoking the same kind of enthusiasm when I read it, would probably have appealed to the twelve year old me just as much, but in a slightly different way. The whole book is poetry--it tells the story of Addie, the lone female character, as a se ...more
Kris Springer
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun and meaningful--I wish I'd had this book when I was 12 or 13--would've helped me a lot, to laugh at myself, to understand others, to know that other girls felt like me and that things would work out. Don't we always feel like middle school students, afraid that the mean girls will find us?

Howe does a terrific job creating Addie and her world; he understands what teens care about and how their lives work. He makes meaningful statements about bullying, facebook, women's treatment in ot
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my top picks for the year. I am NOT a fan of the verse novel...but two of my top picks this year were just that. This is probably a close second to "Inside Out and Back Again." The poems here were all fantastic. The voice never faltered. I literally laughed out loud and cried a couple times. If you are an adult and you have forgotten what it is like to be a headstrong, smart adolescent (if you ever were one) read this book and you will get an exacting portrait of Addie.

Easily one of the b
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Addie On The Inside is the kind of book that I want all girls in middle school to read. So many great topics are broached, yet the fact that the entire story is written in the form of poems makes it an easy and non-threatening read. Addie is a wonderfully strong female character, but also a believable one. I think that most girls out there will see some of themselves in her.

This book would be perfect for a middle school library or as a gift for a tween girl.
Devon Russell
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fresh perspective on Addie, because all of her friends describe her as an outspoken, proud, strong minded person, when in this book she seems a little more human because you know that she has lots of emotions and they are all bottled up inside her.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I read The Misfits and soon learned that the author had written more about these characters for a series. As it turns out, this book was already in my classroom library although I'd never read it. Then I started looking for other books in the series and learned that James Howe had also written one of my childhood favorites, Bunnicula. He's been enchanting me since I was 11!

I think the students will like all the white space. Frankly, this book is convinces me that narrative poetry is an excellent
Ethan Chester
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt this was a good book ,because it was a book of poems and my favorite one was one where it talked about all of Addies insecurities it was called you are who they say you are. I related to this ,because I do not care at all what people think about me.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had NO clue this was done in poetry. I loved this; it was written so long after the first one but feels like it was written the day after.
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Who do you see
when you think of you?
Are you an outsider,

Cool, distant, angry,
swimming against the current,
or are you in the flow?

When they tell you,
This is who you are,
do you say yes or no?

Who do you see
when you look beyond
the skin and the surface,
when you drift to sleep,

when you are the person
no one else knows? Who
are you on the inside?

Don't answer these questions.
Not yet. First, open your eyes,
your mind, your heart.


― James Howe, from the prologue t
Katie Fitzgerald
Addie on the Inside is James Howe's third book about the Gang of Five, a group of middle school misfits first introduced in The Misfits and whose story continues in Totally Joe. After two books watching Addie serve as the principled backbone of the group, we finally get to see inside her mind and find out what's going on behind her seemingly tough outer shell. Told entirely in free verse, this book sees Addie dealing with her first boyfriend, lamenting her lack of physical development, and still ...more
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who are you? Are you who they say you are? Or are you someone else? Or perhaps a combination of the two: the public and the private you? Addie has been called many things by many people: to her fellow misfits she's a friend, to her classmates she's a know-it-all, to her boyfriend she's beautiful but infuriating, to her boyfriend's friends she's a loser social-climber, to her ex-best friend Becca she's badly in need of a makeover, to her grandmother she's a reminder of how times have changed, and ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Pitch-perfect poems from the mind of seventh-grader Addie (one of James Howe's "Misfits"). She loses a boyfriend, a cat, a grandma. Deals with mean girls, makeup, dances, parents and teachers who just don't understand. Unsure and confident. Tough yet weak. Unique but aches for normalcy. Addie rules.
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
. I didn't read The Misfits. I'm certain it was wonderful. I do know that James Howe has an uncanny connection to the 7th grade girl. The girl who is uncertain and trying to fit in while doing what she knows is right and feeling misunderstood and grieving the end of her childhood yet yearning to be an adult... Obviously, I might still have some unfinished business from my own adolescence.

There are simply too many gems to address so I will touch on only a few.
I loved the prose. Written in poetry
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Addie is not afraid to speak up for herself. While her peers worry about their hair and clothing, Addie is busy starting a Gay-Straight Alliance at her school, advocating for a Day of Silence, and worrying about global warming, war, and the injustices of the world. Told in Addie’s voice through a collection of poems, the reader learns about Addie’s struggles as she fords the waters of middle school, and dares to think and feel. Readers who have read the first two books in The Misfits series will ...more
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Addie Carle, the only girl in The Gang of Five, is the center of this third story in The Misfits series. Addie is an outspoken and opinionated person, but the verse here shows her to have many more doubts and concerns than she might show on the outside. As her year of seventh grade continues, Addie has to deal with some big issues: the death of one of her cats, the breakup of her first relationship, teasing by other girls in school, and finding her own voice, even though she is talking all the t ...more
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt, ya, arc, booktalked, 2011

Totally Joe is one of my favourite middle grade books so when I heard that James Howe was writing another spin-off for Addie, I was really excited but tried not to get my hopes too high.

I'm happy to say that I didn't need to worry. James Howe once again perfectly captures that middle-grade mindset - insecurity, wanting to fit in, wanting to stand out, wanting to be liked, remember all that? And remember how very mean kids can be? Yeah, me too.

Addie on the Inside was different than what I expec
Emily Wahl
I thought that this book was a three star book. I didn't like it because it wasn't exciting, it wasn't detailed very much. I got confused sometimes during each poem ,it wasn't very detailed earthier. But don't get me wrong this book has it's good sides too. I liked that it was an inverse novel that makes it stand out from the other boring teenage books. Most teenage books don't show what the teenager is thinking, but this book did. I recommend this book to girls who like teenager stories, but th ...more
Hiba Ahmed
Addie Carle is a girl who thinks everyones voice should be heard and that everyone should have equal rights. Instead of waking up thinking about what outfit she should wear in the morning, or how to impress people, Addie thinks about the people who are living in danger and how she could help them. However, Addie wondered, for a second or two, how it would be like if she could fit in, or what it would be like to be popular and have actual friends who are girls.(Saying her 3 best friends are all b ...more
Addie is a worrier and a warrior--she worries about the state of the world and everyone in it, and isn't afraid to voice her opinion, loudly. While she has some good friends, most people in her middle school pile on the verbal and emotional abuse saved for those who don't conform, and it hurts Addie just as much as they want it to. Luckily, Addie has a strong and loving family, and a few teachers and friends who get her, though her boyfriend rather wishes she would tone it down from time to time ...more
This is a companion to The Misfits by James Howe, but can be read as a stand alone. The novel is written in verse. Addie is a typical middle school girl in many ways, but she is also outspoken,determined,and dedicated to justice for everyone from girls in foreign countries who are sold into marriage/slavery by their parents to her own good friend Joe, who is often harrassed for "coming out" as a homosexual. James Howe does a beautiful job of addressing middle school issues and growing up through ...more
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“Another Thing I'm Sick of Hearing:

If I started that gay rights group,
I must be gay.

So if i start an animal rights group,
what does that make me?

A giraffe?”
“What's wrong
with being out there, out there like a star
shining in the night when that's the only way
the star can be seen? You never tell a star:

Tone it down.”
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