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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Kiara has Asperger’s syndrome, and it’s hard for her to make friends. So whenever her world doesn’t make sense—which is often—she relies on Mr. Internet for answers. But there are some questions he can’t answer, like why she always gets into trouble, and how do kids with Asperger’s syndrome make friends? Kiara has a difficult time with other kids. They taunt her and she fi ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 16th 2013 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
As an 8th grader with Asperger's, Kiara is used to being called 'Weird Girl', 'Crybaby Kiara', 'retard' and 'that psycho'. She is whip smart, but so emotionally and socially awkward that things everyone else takes for granted are out of reach for her. We have all been through the 8th grade and are well aware that it is a difficult enough time of life without having to contend with Asperger's. Kiara says inappropriate things, she tends to either cry when bullied or explode in a fit of rage. She c ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to read it.

This book has many important players, but the main one is a girl named Kiara. Her fondness for the X-Men, especially the character Rogue has it's influence on this book. Kiara has Asperger's syndrome and finds it very hard to find and keep friends. She gets in trouble often because of the communication gap between her and the authority figures that don't know how to communicate with her. When a new family moves i
Ryan R
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rogue By: Lyn Miller-Lachmann

“ Imagine having Asperger's syndrome and having a hard time making friends at school.” I read Rogue because it is a Truman book. Also I was interested in reading Rogue because I heard that it was a really good book. I also decided to read Rogue because I read what it was about and I thought that Rogue would be a good book to read.

Rogue is about Kiara a teenage girl who has trouble making friends and has problems in school but, when Chad moves across the street she se
Mary Ann
Full review to come. Great voice. Gripping plot. Strong themes: what it means to be a friend, how you find your place, your talents in the world, the importance of trust and family and friends. Yes, it's about coping with Aspergers, but it's about so much more. The impact of drugs and alcohol make me hesitant to share with 5th graders. Definitely a middle school book, in my opinion. Great early reviews from students.

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Kiara knows that she’s different, a mutant like her hero Rogue from
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaway competition.

I really enjoyed this book. At first it was a bit slow but the paced picked up which made me happy. I loved the protagonist, Kiara. She sometimes made me angry with the wily choices she made but I guess that comes along with the territory when you have a teenager uncertain of herself and someone who was born with a form of autism. The characters were relatable enough but I felt like I wanted more background as to why Kiar
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My 10yo son pulled this off the shelf at the library, and since it was from the Juvenile section, I didn't think to check it first. A couple of days later, he was on the couch reading it and yelling at the main character to stop doing illegal stuff. Wha???? So I questioned him about it and he said that the boy in the story had already gotten the main character to go around from drug store to drug store buying cold meds, and now he was secretly getting her to carry something called "s
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disability, ya
Kiara has been kicked out of school because she can't control her temper: she responded with violence to other children taunting and bullying her. Her mother has left home, her father works long hours, and her elderly friend and neighbour has recently died. Into this myriad of problems steps Chad Jr, Kiara's new neighbour, an energetic and nervous kid that Kiara desperately want to befriend.

The first half of this book works well for me -- it sets up Kiara, her family and her problems, as well a
Sarah Hunnicutt
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would warn parents with this one - this book does discuss meth and underage drinking. 

I really enjoyed Rogue. Kiara has Asperger's which is a mild form of autism that makes it hard for her to communicate with people. Her older brothers are at college and her mother is working in Canada. Her father is distant and doesn't seem too connected, maybe battling a mild depression. Kiara desperately wants to make friends. She doesn't always say the right thing or catch social cues. When other kids teas
Cynthia Parkhill
Autistic representation matters to me in fiction, and the fact that this book's author is, herself, on the autism spectrum made it even more appealing to read.

Currently one-third through, I am finding a lot to relate to with Kiara, the protagonist. Like her, I struggled with making friends in school. I would pin my hope on new arrivals to the school, people not yet indoctrinated to the "norm" that I was to be ostracized and shunned -- only to have them abandon me once they figured out that I was
Trevor Fong
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
First off, I just feel this would be better categorized as an adolescent book, as the main character is a middle schooler. Nothing against that; just not what I was expecting in a realm of THUG and All the Bright Places.
Kiara, a temperamental girl with undiagnosed Aspergers, attempts to find a friend in the world. The author tends to blame Kiara’s autism for her not being able to make friends, when in reality every interaction she has is with snot-nosed little assholes. That’s NOT Kiara’s fault
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Of course this was a good book, but I think I was expecting more. I feel that the book could have been carried out differently, gone in a different direction. I think the only thing I wasn't pleased with was that it seemed to be a lot about violence, things getting out of hand. And maybe it was just me, I read this book at the wrong time. It was still good, but I wasn't amazed. Read it if you have time, because it was good. But, it didn't fulfill my expectations. ...more
Emma Rategan
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, first-person depiction of Asperger's Syndrome. Another wonderful element of this novel is the secondary plot revolving around the protagonist's neighbor/friend who is the troubled child of two meth dealer parent. ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. This is a good story that gives readers a glimpse of what it is like to live with an invisible disability. I will be reading this with my students next week. It lends itself well to discussion about social boundaries, emotional regulation and perspective taking.
Genesis Hansen
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ownvoices
I liked Kiara as a protagonist but the plot felt a bit overloaded with Serious Issues.
Galion Public Library Teens
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Review by M.H. : "I liked it when it was over. My cousin [would like this]." ...more
Emme Huffman
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Rating changed from 1 to 2 because this wasn't awful, just really disappointing ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just finished and loved Lyn Miller-Lachmann's YA novel Rogue. Eighth grader Kiara has Asperger's syndrome [which she explains and describes as she learns more about it]. She is desperate to make friends. Identifying with the X-Men mutant Rogue, Kiara tries to identify her own superpower in order help her new neighbors, the sons of meth manufacturers. ...more
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Originally posted on City of Books

Rogue is an intense and thought-provoking novel about a girl with Asperger's syndrome who tried her best to make friends despite everything she's been through. This is technically middle grade, although I wouldn't really recommend this to middle schoolers on account of the subject matter *cough* drugs and drinking *cough*.

Kiara has always had trouble making friends, especially since she's already labelled 'weird' and 'Crybaby Kiara' after a few incidents. She ha
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Rogue deals with or at least touches upon: Asperger’s Syndrome, biculturalism, cancer, meth production, BMX and mountain bike culture, alcohol poisoning, child abuse, ADD, the El Salvadorian genocide, the X-Men as metaphor, the death of a parent-figure, and foster care. That’s a lot of stuff for one little book to deal with, but the main theme should come out clear to readers: it is the story of how a lonely, misunderstood outsider finds a way to use her talents to connect with others. Kiara is ...more
Leigh (bibliosky)
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it

First of all, I love how the cover has something to do with the story. Rogue, mutant, and BMX plays a big part in Rogue, and I think it's smart and convenient how the definition is placed on the cover. This book is told from Kiara's point of view, a 13 year old who has the Asperger's syndrome because the medication that her father was taking when he had cancer affected her development. She constantly tells the readers of how she wishes she was like Rogue (a ch
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
In “Rouge”, a novel written by Lyn Miller-Lachmann, you get to experience the mindset of someone with Asperger’s syndrome through writing. I originally read this book, because I needed to, not because I wanted to. As soon as I got past the first few pages I was hooked. Kiara, the main character had to go through conflicts that I’ve never read about before. This book took realistic fiction to another level.

This story takes place in a small town named Willingham. Kiara has Asperger’s syndrome
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
By Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Have you ever been in a situation where you know what the right thing to do is but if you do this it could still have bad consequences? Kiara Thornton-Delgado, a temperamental fourteen year old girl who has a very hard time making friends, and in Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachmann, she faces this exact situation. I picked this book because it was recommended to me and it was one of the Truman books so I wanted to read it. In the end I was glad I picked it to read.
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Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kiara has a difficult time making and keeping friends. She has Asperger's syndrome, so relating to other people doesn't come naturally. Most of the time she relies on Mr. Internet to explain things when the world doesn't make sense and her daydreams that she is Rogue form the X-Men comics. Rogue hurts anyone she touches, but finally learns to control her superpower. When Chad moves in across the street, Kiara hopes that she can finally make this friendship with the new kid stick. She's even read ...more
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Aug 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Rogue deals with or at least touches upon: Asperger’s Syndrome, biculturalism, cancer, meth production, BMX and mountain bike culture, alcohol poisoning, child abuse, ADD, the El Salvadorian genocide, the X-Men as metaphor, the death of a parent-figure, and foster care. That’s a lot of stuff for one little book to deal with, but the main theme should come out clear to readers: it is the story of how a lonely, misunderstood outsider finds a way to use her talents to connect with others. Kiara is ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lots going on here, but it's well integrated. Kiara is being home-schooled after attacking a girl (who had tormented her) in school. It wasn't the first time she'd lost her temper. Having Asperger's syndrome makes it hard for her to read people and to keep friends. She's used to having new people hang out with her until they see some of her quirks: not liking being touched, relating all situations to the X-men saga, being super literal, naive and obtuse.

So when two boys and their parents start r
I finished this book awhile ago, but I avoided writing a review because I didn't exactly know what to write.

Rogue is about Kiara, a girl who struggles to interact with her peers and is bullied. In response to the bullies, she fights back, and she gets kicked out of school. When a new boy moves in across the street, she hopes to make a friend in Chad. But Kiara quickly discovers that, once again, her love for X-Men and her tantrums and her use of the Internet to figure everything out will not end
Sep 14, 2013 added it
Miller-Lachmann, Lyn. (2013). Rogue. New York: Penguin Group/Nancy Paulsen Books. 240 pp. ISBN: 978-0-399-16225-1. (Hardcover); $16.99.

The southwest corner of Michigan that I call home has been labeled by various local media sources as the meth capital of Michigan. This year I saw in my local paper two former first graders jailed for meth possession and I see names from school families jailed for meth possession or operating a meth lab from time to time. If one were to go door to door in my neig
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