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So Done

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  511 ratings  ·  124 reviews
When best friends Tai and Mila are reunited after a summer apart, their friendship threatens to combust from the pressure of secrets, middle school, and the looming dance auditions for a new talented-and-gifted program.

Fans of Renée Watson’s Piecing Me Together will love this memorable story about a complex friendship between two very different African American girls—and t
ebook, 304 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Greenwillow Books
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Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m not a middle-grade reader. It’s mostly because I’m old as hell, but also because I find myself unable to relate to these stories of youth, I’m so far removed from. I haven’t been a middle grader—since a middle grader has been me.

But, Chase told a story that’s relatable for ages 12-92, even me.

Tai and Mila aka Bean are best friends. At least they were before Mila went to visit her Aunt over the summer—returning quietly, wanting to shed her childish nickname—and the stigma that surrounds her n
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-teens
If you go back and look at some of my past reviews, I allude to the fact that there was a time when you could find books with black characters, and the black culture was basically ignored. The character might run his hands through his "curly" hair, or you might find a mention of mocha or camel skin, but there was nothing of the culture that came with that hair and skin. Then you might have the polar opposite. There were books that were full of brown skin, guns, drugs, gangs, sex, and there was o ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, blm
Edelweiss provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Do you know how hard it is to find middle grade fiction where African American girls and their culture feature prominently (as in not a sidekick or black-girl-in-a-white-town)...that's NOT historical? (Or about hurricane Katrina?) As a middle school librarian, I have found it's VERY difficult. I'm not saying they aren't out there--but they are hard to find.

So Done features two girls from the same neighborhood--best friends
Laura (bbliophile)
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I... don't know how I feel about this book, and that's very much a me thing. The writing was good, the plot and the characters were good, but I also picked this one up because I needed a quick, fun contemporary because my anxiety was very bad and it ended up dealing with some very triggering stuff that wasn't even hinted at in the synopsis which I think is pretty irresponsible, especially because this is a book for kids. But other than that, this book was a pretty fine read and I'm definitely pl ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Everyone remembers that one childhood friend, their ride-or-die, that travels with them from childhood to adolescence. It's a challenging phase for kids as staggering changes wreak havoc on their bodies and minds, molding them into new people with new passions, desires and fears. I think we'd all agree that even the most rock-solid childhood friendships are sorely tested through this metamorphosis. Sometimes they survive the turmoil, coming out on the other side as something new but stronger. An ...more
Jul 01, 2018 added it
Shelves: read-in-2018
When Mila comes home from a summer spent away from the trailer, she puts a wedge between her and former best friend Tai. She no longer wants to be called by her old nickname, and Tai doesn't take to that -- nor the distance -- well. But Mila has her reasons: she wants more than she thinks she can achieve, and she's leery of Tai's father after what he did to her a few months ago.

Chase writes a really compelling and realistic look at the complex dynamics of friendship. This book lands in the uppe
Afoma Umesi
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grateful to author Paula Chase for sending me an ARC of this moving middle-grade book! SO DONE follows two friends, Metai and Jamila living in a low-income Housing Project. Although, inseparable from childhood, things change when Jamila returns from a summer in the suburbs. Both girls are dealing with secrets and Mila appears to be different after her time in the suburbs, throwing her self into dance auditions for their new afterschool program.

I LOVED this book. I'm embarrassed to report that th
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A book about friendship and everything that comes with growing up. How people change, but can still grow together.
Katie Fitzgerald
Jamila (Mila) and Metai (Tai), who live across the street from each other in a low-income housing project, have been good friends for a long time. Their friendship is strained these days, however, for a variety of reasons. After staying with her aunt in the suburbs for a few weeks, Mila suddenly objects to being called her childhood nickname of Bean and she doesn't want to spend time at Tai's house. Tai, on the other hand, is becoming more and more interested in getting a commitment out of her l ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. One of my favorite middle grade books of the year. Deep and powerful, with a voice that’s rarely heard in middle grade, SO DONE delves into topics and themes this age group needs to find in books. I learned SO much from it. An upper MG must-read.
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
After Tai’s father molests her best friend and neighbor Mila, the girls grow apart.

SO DONE is a difficult book for me to review as a white, suburban middle aged woman, so I shared it with a biracial tween to get her opinions before writing my review. We both liked the story of a friendship in crisis and the secret of molestation as the wedge. We enjoyed the characters. Neither of us related to the dialogue or writing. She was unfamiliar with many of the phrases and slang, though she knew more th
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Wanted to like this more than I did. I kind of wish the subplot about Tai’s dad had not been in this book because outgrowing your friends in middle school is a great topic that there should be more books about.
Melanie  Brinkman
Is their friendship over?

TW for sexual assault in mentions of drug use.

Mila aka Bean and Tai we're best friends, at least they were before Mila visited her aunt in the woods. Now Mila has returned but she's different. She's quiet, she hates her nickname, Bean, and she wants to shed the stigma of her neighborhood and all of its drama. Tai feels stressed because she can't believe that even she is not exempt from Mila's differentness. The tension between them increases as Middle School drama, secre
Ms. Yingling
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus
Bean and Tai are neighbors in a low-income housing project and have been friends for a very long time, but recently things have been strained between them. Tai hopes that when Bean returns from spending the summer with her aunt and sister in the suburbs and the pair start their 8th grade year, that things will return to normal. When Bean decides that she would rather not be called by her nickname and prefers to be addressed as Mila (or Jamila) and still doesn't want to s
Sarah Moore
The two main characters in this book were so great and I loved how the author contrasted their motivations and behavior. The ending didn't wrap up every loose end, which I loved since so many ends are left loose in real life. I really appreciated that the protagonists were 13. I'd love to see more books with junior high protagonists since so many protagonists in YA are 16+.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
So Done... two girls are in the same ballet and jazz class, and are auditioning for an elite program in their neighborhood. Typical middle school friends, boys, new girl drama is in this book. I found many of the conversations difficult to follow and had trouble understanding what the slang words meant. The premise of the book with the girls growing up and apart was intriguing, just don't believe the author succeeded in delivering the message.
Jherane Patmore
I can finally talk about this book now! Lol.

Oh my days, Paula Chase has been one of my favourite new-to-me writers for the year. She has such incredible craftsmanship and knows how to seamlessly do multiple points of view without ever missing a beat. Everything about this book, from the subject matter, to the language, to the moments of tension and release were perfect.
Tai was extremely frustrating at times, but once you begin to understand why she's so disappointed with everyone treating her
Carla Riemer
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best friends Jamila Phillips and Metai Johnson live in the Pirates Cove housing project. Metai lives with her grandmother. Her African American father and Korean American mother were teenagers when she was born. Her father, now 28, comes around occasionally, is usually high and has never figured out how to be an adult. Her mother is gone from her life entirely. Jamila lives with her father and 2 brothers; her drug addicted mother has been banned from the home. Her dad is loving, attentive, and d ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
MG. It initially took me a several chapters to get into it; all the slang threw me at first. Glad I stuck with it. The gentle ending was a nice touch.

Two friends are on the outs after one of them -- Bean (Jamila) -- returns to her housing project from the Woods where she spent the summer with her aunt. But truthfully, they were on the outs before, but neither of them wanted to talk about it. Layers peel back and then you realize there are more layers and the girls are these deep, fully realized
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG y'all... Tai got on my last nerves 😂, but putting her aside I really enjoyed this book. This is a story all about friendship and how much can change between two best friends during a summer spent apart when you're holding on to a big secret.

I think that this book is so realistic when it comes to the petty conversations, arguments, feelings, and how big everything seems when you are in middle school. As a middle school teacher, beef, like we saw throughout this story, is real. And as a human
Karen McKenna
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved So Done. I am particular about what "mature" topics make it into my library, and I felt this book handles serious topics in an important way. Drugs, addiction, and molestation/ assault are all touched in. It was just enough and such a great window into the world for me. In the beginning, I struggled with the slang Tai and Mila used, but as the story went on I felt more and more immersed in their world. I enjoyed seeing both imperfect narrative perspectives, and the tension between the tw ...more
Leonard Kim
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Listened to audiobook. I ended up getting into and enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after the first chapters. I like that the author gives equal time to Tai, who would probably have been relegated to a conventional antagonist role, the mean former best friend, in a less good book. This book eventually does a fine job getting into the heads of both the protagonists and suggesting how family and environment molded them.

Also this is I think an example of a book that truly
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A unique and wonderful exploration of friendship, growing apart, and figuring out what you want out of life. There are a lot of issues in this I haven't really seen explored in a middle grade book before—drug dealing, some hints about teen parenting, and a storyline about sexual assault. This is definitely a book that will click with a lot of middle schoolers and early high schoolers.
These girls reminded me of me and my best friend when we were their age. We often had disagreements and squabbles, but, just like Tai and Mila, too much history to stop being friends. I'm glad they confronted what Tai's dad did, and that they were able to find their way back to being friends, even as they found new friends and interests.
Joy Kirr
This one sucked me in right away - wanting to know why Metai (Tai) and Jamila (Bean)'s friendship was strained this summer before eighth grade. I loved getting to know (and love) the characters - their toughness and how they related to each other in the crew. I found myself rooting for most of the characters.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
"A beautifully written and achingly realistic portrayal of the growing pains even the best friendships often must endure. Tai and Mila’s journey felt as real and messy and ultimately hopeful as all true friendships are." [author Jo Knowles]
Cassie Thomas
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
The lessons and message in this story are phenomenal. This is a book that needs to be in hands of so many as a mirror and window. My only disclaimer would be to make sure that the students whose hand you are putting it in is mature enough to handle the substance and/or are not currently suffering from PTSD due to events that are portrayed in this story. I immediately thought of a young girl I have taught who I know desperately needs to read this story to know everything is and will be okay, BUT ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
This book is really really good so go read or listen to it immediately. Also if you are not a youth have Google at the ready because you're about to feel really old and will need Google's help with some of the text speak and slang.
Amanda Rawson Hill
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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