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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
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ebook, 304 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Greenwillow Books
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Jazmen
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
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Donalyn
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for middle schoolers struggling with friendships.
Kym
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
Kristen
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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
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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
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Lucélia
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
Kelly
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
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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+.
Kathie
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.
Mwinchester97
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
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CC
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
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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
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
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Amy!
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.
Cindy
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.
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
Amanda Rawson Hill
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So (well) Done!
Liz
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.
Melissa Sarno
Bold and smart with dialogue that ticks and wonderfully complex characters.
Catherine Rowland
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I hadn’t read a young adult book in years and this one didn’t disappoint. If you like young adult books, you would probably enjoy this one.
Lanora TM
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, middle-school
This is the story of two young soon to be 8th graders.
I enjoyed the character development of both characters and loved the strength both girls had.
Shira
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this audiobook review was prepared for and appears in AudioFile Magazine.

Tai and Mila have always been best friends, but differing interests threaten to break them apart in the weeks leading up to the start of eighth grade. Though the audiobook alternates viewpoints between the two girls, Bahni Turpin uses the same narrative voice throughout. Tai's and Mila's perspectives are so different that listeners won't be confused by the consistency in narrative voice; they'll instead be delighted by Turp
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Samadhi
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!!!!!
Tracie
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Lizanne Johnson
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intermediate, realistic fiction, friendship, coming of age

I look forward to recommending this book to my middle school kids. I seek out books where they can see themselves in the characters. This is one of those books.
Andrea
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story. One of the characters was less likable to me, but by the end, I found both characters realistic and likable. I enjoyed watching their friendship evolve and their passions come out. The ending was good; it was good of them to take action and confront the issue that had caused them pain.
Laurie
I loved this powerful story about Tai and Mila, two very strong, very different girls who are navigating some extremely difficult situations. I am always looking for upper MG books that don’t shy away from presenting young teens’ lives in all their complexity. This one covers important ground I haven’t seen other middle grade books cover, and in such a thoughtful, masterful way. I appreciated the balance of emotionally heavy topics and lighthearted moments. I felt for Mila so deeply throughout t ...more
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