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Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child

(Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  56 reviews
It's Mean Girls for tweens in the tradition of Paula Danziger's Cat That Ate My Gymsuit and Judy Blume! Watch out, world: here comes Charlie C. Cooper-computer whiz, reformed bully, and so-called middle child-in this seriously funny debut tween novel from screenwriter Maria T. Lennon.

Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child stars the hilariously cheeky reformed
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Harpercollins
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Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child by Maria T. Lennon follows Charlie C Cooper who loves fashion and is an expert at computer hacking. She pulled off a cruel prank that found her in a new school and seeing a shrink who makes her befriend the most lonely, hated girl in the whole school.

This is a great book with different characters and unexpected twists. It's hard to put down and was finished quickly.

Appropriateness: I would recommend this book to girls 9-13. It's got
Meryem Matar
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
The story Confessions of a "So-Called Middle Child" was written by Maria T. Lennon. It was on modern times and in Los Angeles. The main character was Charlie C. Cooper, with the other important characters consisting of Trixie, Babette, Marta, Penelope, Felix, her mom and her dad. In the beginning of the story, Charlie the main character introduces herself and talks about how she got expelled and the horrible summer she had with her mom, forcing her to read all day. Also, Charlie gets to a new sc ...more
Meryem Alami
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Meryem Alami
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Confessions of a so-called Middle Child is an exciting novel written by Maria T.Lennon.The story takes place in Los Angeles where the main character, Charlie C.Cooper, lives with her family.The story began when her doctor told her to help a bullied girl and be her friend.The problem arose when Trixie told her to get rid of Marta by getting her expelled from school.The first thing Charlie had to do was to save Marta from Trixie’s
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
‘Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child’ is truly humorous! It is an ideal book for the very young and older YA, too. This story centers on the second child in a family of five…you are correct – the middle child!

Having been expelled from one school, her family moves to a different location where her father was able to get a job he enjoyed and Charlie was to cause no problems and visit a therapist every week. When the long summer ends and a new school year begins, Charlie will agree
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Charlie's psychologist has tasked her with finding the biggest loser in school and becoming friends with her. This is "punishment" after bullying so much that she was kicked out of school and now has to start over in a school in Los Angeles. While trying to make new friends, she has to redefine who she is, figure out her values, and deal with the past that seems to be haunting her.

My thoughts:
I went back and forth on this novel. I enjoyed the humor throughout the
Maria Lennon
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book so I'm kinda partial. The girl in it, Charlie C. Cooper, is one heck of a challenge. She's based on a real-life character and though she's tough and a true-blooded middle-child, she's really a good kid trying to do the right thing. I really wanted to show a complex girl navigating school and a family where her older sister is an over-achiever. So it might not be for everyone, but it's for everyone who has kids, especially a middle-child at home.
I look forward to hearing from y
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ha! My first read of 2014 is this kids book about a troubled (and trouble!) middle child and reformed bully. I was laughing out loud and really enjoyed it. I totally loved her required reading list for the summer, which included Embrace Your Inner Middle Child "Written by my very own shrink, this book could end life on this planet, because most people would prefer killing themselves instead of turning another page." Oh, and of course, the best line in it, "True Fact: Forgiveness is everything."
Rachael Carter
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle children
this book had spoke to me in a way that none of my family could speak another than the other middle child who is 6 years older than me.
Minty McBunny
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, october-2014
Pretty standard middle school fare, entertaining enough, but nothing special. I had hoped Charlie would be a different kind of protagonist, but there were no surprises here.

Glynis Wray
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, arcs
Charlie, Marta, Trixie and Babs, bullying, gymnastics, expulsion, Houdini, California, shrinks
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Are you attracted to books with mean central characters, who eventually turn out to be quite likable? If so, and especially if you are a tween and/or a middle child yourself, you need look no further than Confessions of a So-called Middle Child, by Maria T. Lennon. Centered on extremely fashion-conscious and egocentric Charlie C. Cooper, this coming-of-age novel tells of the escapades of a young girl who is coming to terms with principles of justice and fairness in her school and home environs. Having ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book i got to see things from a middle child’s point of view, since i am the oldest it is true that the oldest get more attention for things they do, while the youngest gets all the attention. I love how she had to had to become friends with the biggest loser. It is hard for kids to not be a follower. She took Marta from being the biggest loser into school to a normal viewed kid. In the end Charlie’s family treats her like family because she has no one at home. If there is a next bo ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a great book for a gal in junior high or so to read. This is a book that the author has written on the woes of the Middle Child! It is also heavily based on getting a rather mischavious 12 year old to stop hanging with the cool group and picking on or bullying the non-cool kids. This gal got into trouble to the point her family was kicked out of the school district and she is spending her summer stuck in her room reading books and she has to see a shrink. That is going real well, not!

The f
Aug 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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The story succeeds in its premise: the main character doesn't fall back into the mean girl role that got her in trouble at her old school, and becomes true friends with the most bullied girl in school. It's cute and I liked the characters. But there is a lot of unchallenged body shaming going on here that makes me reluctant to recommend it as a bookseller.

I saw this come in where I work and thought it looked adorable and full of potential. A reformed bully who's challenged to
Gina (My Precious Blog)
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a typical middle grade read where the main character starts off troubled and ends up redeeming herself. However, as mundane as that may sound, this story started off a little slowly then captured my attention and keep me turning pages. Charlie, the MC is a middle child, readers can probably gather that information from the title alone. Her older sister, Penelope (Pen for short) is very popular and sort of a bleeding heart liberal. She's always "spear-heading" activist groups for some typ ...more
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm torn on how to rate Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child. On the one hand, it's pretty cute, totally age-appropriate, and had me literally laughing out loud at times. On the other hand, the main character wasn't actually terribly likable, and I'm disappointed that this isn't a book I feel good about passing along to any nieces.

When the book opens, we find the main character, Charlie C. Cooper, alone in her room reading adult nonfiction books on the psychology of being a middle child
Stacy Sabala
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Book Review- Confessions of a So-called Middle Child by Maria T. Lennon

This story finds twelve year old Charlie Cooper getting ready to start a new school. She had been kicked out of her last one after an incident with laxatives in the school food. She has been pretty much locked in her room all summer and required to see a shrink. She has been encouraged to change her ways. Her main goal in life has been to be popular and fashionable. Her shrink has made a deal with her where if she
Kaleena Melotti
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I was immediately struck by the premise of this book - Charlie C. Cooper, a reformed bully who wants to make cool friends at her new school while ditching her middle child reputation.

First, let me point out the positives. This book was honestly a very fun read for me overall (but, then again, I am an adult...) It had the upbeat, decently fast-paced tempo that will keep middle graders flipping pages for sure.

There is a spectacular amount of middle grade comedic elements. C
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
First, thank you to Maria T. Lennon for sending me your book for review (and thank Charlie for me too!)

For the first couple of chapters, I wasn't sure if I could like Charlie. She was snarky (yes, I know. This is normal for a 7th grader. I am the proud owner of a 7th grade girl, and I work with middle schoolers.) But, she was also "prickly" and frankly, her attitude towards adults kind of got under my skin. BUT, Charlie worked her way into my heart. She was a tough chick, but she obviously had
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It took a bit for me to get into it, I think that’s because I am not the target demographic, but once I got about 75 pages in, I could not put it down.

This was a good story for young girls. A good lesson to be learned. You can be fashionable and still be nice. You can change from your old ways. You can make a difference.

It was fun to watch Charlie’s transformation throughout this book. She should be proud of herself. There were the norma

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Clarification: Three stars is not a terrible rating for me. For me, three stars describes potential and the readability , if you know what I mean.

This is a cute book. Typical middle child (or should I say not so typical) in a very interesting setting. It’s not always that you get to read about a girl named Marta the Farta who’s a talented gymnast at the same time. It’s pretty atypical, to tell you the truth.

In a s
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is about a 6th grade girl that pulled off a prank that ended up getting her permanently expelled from school and having the whole family move and transfer to new schools. This book is about Charlie Cooper's to overhaul her life and start off in her new middle school on a clean slate and make new friends. Sounds easy, right? Not when your shrink gives you a mission that have to find the most bullied, friendless, hopeless, laughed-at, lonely girl in the entire school and be her friend. C ...more
Sandra Stiles
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Charlie comes from a family where money is no problem. That is the problem. She often thinks she is above getting in trouble. That is until she pulls a prank and she gets kicked out of school. The prank was so bad her parents send her to counseling. She hates going to the psychiatrist. He gives her an out. Since she has to go to a new school, she needs to find the girl who is most bullied and become her friend.
Charlie wants to hang out with the type of kids she hung out with at her old school.
Julia Drake
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. Okay, full disclosure, I am a middle child, but every young adult and old adult who's young at heart and has labored the pains of childhood, sibling rivalries, and school pressures, will love this book. I can't remember reading a middle grade book whose main character is so lively, complex, and hilariously flawed with all that makes as human. Charlie just jumps off the page in her dialogue and view of the precarious world of young adulthood where every misstep ring ...more
Chiara Berruto
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
People, if you have a middle child or even a second kid, this is the book for them. Why? Because it's all about a second kid trying to find out who she is. Her older sister has already taken the good role, so what's Charlie to do?
Well, lucky for us, she has to figure it out the hard way. Charlie is hysterically funny when she changes course, takes on Marta the Farta and outsmarts the mean girls.
And the other thing I like is that it takes place in LA. Charlie lives in the Houdini Mansion a
Apr 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
It's impossible to add spoilers to such a formulaic book - middle child, needing attention, acts out. Gets in trouble. Gets the opportunity to start over. Manages to do so. The end.

Usually I'm not so cranky about this type of book, because who doesn't want to remake themselves? We've all been there, and in middle school it often feels far worse than it really is. In this case, Charlie is as bad as portrayed and that's the problem. She's downright unlikeable and you need to like the cha
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I received a free ARC from the author.

As a middle-child myself I can empahtize with young Charlie C. Cooper to a certain degree. But really, Charlie C. Cooper is a little over the top. To get the attention she thinks she deserves she performs a pretty mighty prank in her school cafeteria. next things she knows she is expelled, seeing a counselor and her family has had to move to start all over again. I think she got a little more attention than even she wanted. With the help of her c
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, tween
Charlie is the middle child. Sandwiched between her smart and perfect older sister and adorable little brother, Charlie has become the snarky troublemaker. Kicked out of her last school for a prank that went wrong, her family has moved and Charlie is starting a new school. Her psychologist tells her than in order to be released from therapy, she has to befriend the biggest loser in school. That's Marta, aka Marta the Farter, a girl who wears really ugly clothes, speaks with an accent, eats in th ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a little light in their life...
Recommended to April by: First-read
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed reading "Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child". In fact, it's now one of my comfort books, what I read when I don't feel well. The very first page brought a welcomed smile to my face. A smile that returned throughout the book.

The recommend reading age is 8-12 years old. It had everything middle school has to offer: bullying, cliques, mean girls, kids that want to fit in, want to be liked, or left alone etc.. Just about anyone can relate to a least one character in
Rhonda Amstutz
I really enjoyed this middle school book. I thought Charlie was very likeable because she was honest and a stinker. The whole idea of the middle child trying to deal with their position in the family and how it affects their personality is good. Deals with bullying and trying to befriend the "unlikeable" kid is an important issue even if dealt with in a humorous way. I love the fact that Charlie is honest about her fear of her social status suffering by trying to befriend the outcast. I think th ...more
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