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Hundred Percent

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  69 reviews
The last year of elementary school is big for every kid. Christine Gouda faces change at every turn, starting with her own nickname—Tink—which just doesn't fit anymore. Christine navigates a year's cringingly painful trials in normalcy—uncomfortable Halloween costumes, premature sleepover parties, crushed crushes, and changing friendships. Throughout all this, Tink learns, ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by Chronicle Books
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Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This was a one-sitting read, though several times throughout the novels I felt uncomfortable enough to think about DNFing it. While the talk and worries about losing your best friend to the 'popular' crowd, going through puberty, moving on to the middle school, etc were all age-appropriate and genuine, SO much of this book had my skin crawling.

A girl's mother is constantly (aka I lost count) referred to as a slut - by both adults and children, for the school talent show Tink and her group stage
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The blurbs for Hundred Percent state that the book delves into the true emotions and experiences of a sixth grader, and that it does. It actually is so realistic that it will make adults, myself included, a bit uncomfortable. Thinking back to sixth grade, it was the time where everyone was figuring out their identities: social, emotional, physical, sexual. Hundred Percent captures this. Tink is trying to figure out who her
Kid Lit Reviews
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kids will enjoy and might just see themselves in one of Romano Young’s well developed, interesting, and fun characters. There is Matthew, aka Bushwhack, the “class clown” who is good at slinging insults disguised as regular words (e.g. “you eject button,” “you paper cutter,” “you doorbell”). Teachers ban his most famous made-up word, “bushwah,” but kids use it incognito by saying “two words.” Debbie is the new kid who lives on a huge farm with beautiful horses, but not all is what it seems. Bobb ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 19, 2016 rated it liked it
ARC from Baker and Taylor

Life is changing rapidly for Christine "Tink" Gouda. Even though she and her best friend, Jackie, used to dress alike and be very close, Tink has gotten tall and developed, but Jackie is the one who has developed social savvy. Their class at school seems very close, and there are a lot of inside jokes, and Tink finds herself at the mercy of the class jokester... whom she finds herself kid of liking. There is the added complication of Jackie's mom dating a man with childr
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it

Originally posted at Log Cabin Library

Romano Young really taps into that middle-grade voice in our main character, Tink. Tink's dialogue really jumps around in just a few sentences, she is talking about everything from her love of Peter Pan, to kids barking like dogs to wanting to know if she's pretty or cute. There is a focus on boys, wanting to be seen as cute, liked, thinking you are overweight which did take me back to listening to kids this age talking and in some cases to my own middle sch
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Donna Merritt
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Karen Romano Young has captured sixth grade thinking, complexities, personalities, conversations, and attitudes perfectly, i.e., this novel is "one hundred percent" spot-on! So many changes occur at this age. Will I fit in? Where will I fit in? Do I want to fit in? What will other kids think of me? Do I care what they think of me? Who are my real friends? Do people change? Am I changing? Am I ready?

I read many marvelous books growing up, but I wish Hundred Percent had been around then to add to
Chi Chi
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book tells a lot about a fast growing girl and her perspective of the universe. It tells you a lot about her on- off (not so loyal) best friend, Jackie. Jaqueline (Jackie) goes to the party Tink's not invited to and doesn't follow her promise about inviting her. Along with that, Tink and Jackie are going boy crazy and are having trouble finishing the year. Will Tink survive sixth grade? Tink feels invisible. Eddie doesn't like her and she feels friend-less. No one remembers she exists even ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Huge thank you to Raincoast for this finished copy!

You know what I love about Hundred Percent? It discusses a topic in middle grade that tends to get ignored, overshadowed, and it just seems like folks are afraid to talk about -- puberty. While I am not a fan of the Judy Blume classic, Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret, I think Hundred Percent might be that book that tackles so many middle grade issues at once, but it definitely does an awesome job looking at how a person can change both phys
Jul 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, kid-lit
*I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways*

Although I am a great deal older than the target audience, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a certain Judy Blume feel to it. I could be wrong there as it's been about 40 years since I've read anything by her but that was the impression I was left with. I tried to imagine my 10-year old self reading this book and think I would have loved it. The book follows Tink (real name Christine) through the trials of her sixth grade year. The author (if my
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it
If you are in small town America, in a school district where sixth grade is not part of middle school, this book would be an excellent addition to your school library. The book is very well written, with thoughtfully depicted characters. Pre teen girls can easily find themselves in the MC, Tink (or Chris or Hundred Percent), and her best friend , Jackie. As in so many other books written for this age group, the girls have reached the place where their lives change as well as their outlook. Somet ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
"When it was just her, she sometimes felt beautiful. She liked herself. Alone, she was a sugar cube, settled, with firm edges and strong corners. But when other people were around she thought that some of them were better--smarter, funnier, cuter, thinner, hotter, cooler--and she felt herself come apart a little, like sugar on the kitchen table, spilled from a spoon."

Christine Bernadette Gouda, aka "Tink," "Chris," or "Hundred Percent," is starting 6th grade and trying to figure out who she is.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-68
Can you ever be a hundred percent sure of who you are? Sixth grade is a time of self-discovery, learning who is really your friend and turmoil.. Tink starts out the year wanting to get rid of her childish nickname and become Chris, but the others aren’t ready. There are the usual 6th grade set of maturities - the dorky boys, the in-crowd, and everyone struggling with physical and emotional and hormonal issues. (Understanding teachers deserve a lot of praise for handling these kids)
Young through
Jan Blazanin
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christine Gouda thinks she's ready for sixth grade, her last year in elementary school. But things begin to change when she and best friend Jackie discover they can't dress alike the first day of school. Christine (aka Tink, Hundred Percent, and Chris) has a figure and Jackie...doesn't. Jackie is pulled into the circle of popular kids, and she doesn't make an effort to include Tink. Boys take on a new importance to both of them, which is possibly most confusing of all.

This middle grade novel is
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Describes middle school perfectly

This book took me back to the awkward 12-14 year old stage. You don’t know how to feel, who to like, and your body is changing. Some are more ready and some are more mature. My 6th grade experience was so similar to Tink’s.

The book itself was a 3.5-not that exciting or profound. I felt drawn in and read it quickly because of how easily I connected and related to the story. The early middle school age is so complicated and frustrating. This book does a great job
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: goodreads-winner, ya
Fun, sad, realistic story about one girls 6th grade year. It is a story about friendship and trying to figure out who you are or who you want to be.
Tink wants to be more grown up, but maybe not as grown up as her friend Jackie seems to be. As the year goes on, she makes friends outside of Jackie's group, the girls fight, make up, and fight some more. At the end, Tink realizes she needs to decide who she is going to be, not to let others decide it for her.

Definite YA due to vocabulary, not so muc
Teresa Bateman
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sixth grade is tough. There are the cliques, the boy/girl issues, and the desire to define yourself as you move from child to teen. Tink is facing all of these problems and more. First of all, is "Tink" really what this now overly tall girl should be called? If not that, what? Friend trouble and idiot boys are balanced out by a supportive family and unexpected successes. This gets down into the pain and angst of the age, while offering hope. Middle school lovers of realistic fiction will see the ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I almost didn't keep reading this book after the first few chapters. I'm not sure what compelled me forward, but I'm so glad - the book is about girl drama, about navigating changing friendships and changing you - and who you want to be and who you feel you have to be. And it is so very well done and so very very real.
Jill Cd
I had difficulty actually getting into this book. It was confusing and didn’t flow well. I kept reading and it was full of girl drama that just played out awkwardly. While I do understand the character development, it didn’t resonate with me. I also have a hard time seeing my students liking it, however, I could be wrong.
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This was ok. One girl's journey in 6th grade, trying to come to terms with whether or not she is going to be popular or not. Parts of it were really well done, but I think it was too long, and I found the dialogues between the main character and her best friend to be confusing sometimes.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this for appropriateness for my Junior High library. The kids in this book are 12ish. I'm still deciding. It was kind of a cute story, the writing was ok, but, well, I gave it a 3 so there ya go.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Got this book at a children's book swap event at school and it's my first post-end of the semester read! It was cute but I wasn't entirely sold on it. It was fine.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great middle school book for girls who know they don't fit in but are strong hearted enough to stand up for right and wrong.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had higher hopes.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I had a hard time believing these kids were in 6th grade. Rolling in the grass? Playing jacks? Do 12-year-olds nowadays even know what jacks are? I thought it might have taken place in the 70's or something, then the kids suddenly have iPods. And they're calling each other instead of texting? Not using the internet for school research? Sorry, but I got hung up on these details and really couldn't get into the story. These characters did not seem like modern kids to me.
Jaina Rose
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

I don't read a lot of these "middle school drama" type books because, to be perfectly honest, I often find them to be annoying and unrealistic. What real thirteen-year-olds spend their entire lives revolving around puberty, boys, and changing friendships? Neither I nor my friends were ever like that, but we did run into those sorts of kids once in a while. I didn't really get them then, and I still don't completely get that mindset.

Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to YAYOMG by: NetGalley
We received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Chronicle Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.

“Hundred Percent” by Karen Romano Young is an honest and hilarious glimpse into the total and utter awkwardness that is the 6th grade. Whether you've already experienced middle school or aren't quite there yet, we're sure you'll find a character to relate to in this book full of fantastically quirky kids just trying to survive their final year of elementary school.

Christine “
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sweet book with a very likeable heroine.
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