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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Janelle and Alyssa used to be BFFs -- but not anymore. Alyssa became leader of the shallowest girls in school while Janelle got involved in activism with new, true friends.

But, suddenly, Alyssa's diabetes becomes the talk of the school. It's turned life-threatening; without a kidney transplant, her chances are not good. Despite reservations, Janelle gets tested and finds t
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Point
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Jaime Reed Nope. The story is pretty PG as far as content, language and subject matter. Anyone 13+ can read it with no problem. There are a couple of fancy medic…moreNope. The story is pretty PG as far as content, language and subject matter. Anyone 13+ can read it with no problem. There are a couple of fancy medical terms there and there, but they are readily explained throughout the story. (less)

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Ari (Books. Libraries. Also, cats.)
Read my original review on my blog!

Thanks to the @KidLitExchange network for the review copy of this book--all opinions are my own.

SORRY NOT SORRY by Jaime Reed is a diverse story of friendship between two girls from different backgrounds: Alyssa is a white girl raised by a single mom and has grown up chronically ill, while Janelle is a Black girl raised by a family full of philanthropists. These former besties have grown apart, but when Alyssa’s diabetes puts her in dire need of a kidney donati
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Janelle may be the only possible kidney donor for her ex-best friend Alyssa. Against all odds, she’s an almost perfect match which doesn’t mean she’ll want to donate or that Alyssa will accept.

I never connected to SORRY NOT SORRY, although Jaime Reed’s word building was engaging she included a lot of extraneous detail that took the focus off the main characters and plot.

The reason the girls stopped being friends felt contrived. I wanted to feel for Alyssa as her health declined, but we’r
Megan Coppadge
I realized why this book irritated me so much... At 30 years old I’m too old for all of these new words or phrases that I have to Google in order to understand. 😭 But in all seriousness this was a good book. I LOVE how diverse the characters are. That is one of the best things about this book. The sass of the characters was another great thing. When you strip down all of the extra words and such this is a really good story. I’ve never read anything like it and that’s a fantastic thing. I have no ...more
American Mensa
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Jaime Reed’s book, Sorry Not Sorry, she writes about two girls’ friendship that ended, but something catastrophic may bring them back together. This story of two girls’ friendship inspires other girls to push aside any petty arguments when it comes down to important life decisions.
Most people have that one friend who was their best friend all the way through 8th grade, but then high school came, and they got distant. Janelle is a senior in high school this year. She has always been a more r
Teen readers who gravitate toward "sick lit," those stories about individuals facing challenging health issues, will enjoy this one. While I'd like to think that someone could be as forgiving and generous as Janelle, I'm not sure that I could buy the premise that she'd be able to get over her emotional wounds enough to willingly sacrifice a kidney for the girl who was once her best friend but had betrayed her. No one asks her to do this, but since she comes from a long line of do-gooders and act ...more
Kate Waggoner
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
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Thank you to the @kidlitexchange network and the publisher for the advance copy of Sorry Not Sorry by Jaime Reed. This book was released in February 2019.

Janelle and Alyssa used to be best friends. They shared secrets with each other that they never told anyone else. Now, it's their senior year and they're frenemies. The only way they communicate is through quips and jabs. One day, Alyssa collapses and is rushed to the hospital. Now everyone knows her secrets and her hea
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Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it

this was sO goOd. oh my godddd

now let’s get on to the pros n cons, shall we?


- the characters are great. even the background characters. they’re flawed, but that’s the beauty of it.

- janelle’s family. they all seem close as family and their personalities clash like together like an actual family.

- i could relate to alyssa. the reason for her and janelle’s reason for splitting as friends was a logical reason to me. as a stubborn person, i guess that’s why i could relate to
Jayme Carruthers
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Thank you to the #KidLitExchange network for the review copy of #SorryNotSorry. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever had a friend who felt more like your sister? Janelle and Alyssa are like that. Or more so, WERE like that. But now Alyssa is one of the it girls and Janelle does her own thing. After a falling out, the two girls can't stand each other. .
So what happens when there's an emergency? Who do you think is going to stick around - the new friends or the old? Wh
Marjolein Viel
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised. This book had so much more depth than I expected, and I loved the writing so much that I highlighted some quotes for myself, which I normally don’t really do. 💐 This book is about Janelle and the relationship with her former best friend Alyssa. On day Alyssa collapses and is taken to hospital and Janelle might be the only one who can help. 💐 This book paints people in such a realistic and real way. When I read it, I was being reminded of people I know and knew with si ...more
Jenifer Williamson
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you Goodreads Giveaway for a chance to read this book early!

As an adult I still really enjoy YA and love a chance to find new books for my students. I think teens would love the realistic characters, friendships and drama wrapped up in this book.

I personally did not feel much personal connection to the characters and felt that the argument and "drama" between Janelle and Alyssa was very superficial, but then again as an adult I would like to think things would have been handled more matur
Barbara White
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life lessons abound in Sorry Not Sorry. My students love this story. I purchased extra copies to fill the need in my classroom.
If you've ever had a BFF and had a huge fight with your BFF, you can relate to this book, no matter what your age.
Thanks to Jaime Reed for this touching, thought-provoking novel. I look forward to more, as do my students.
Thanks to Goodreads First Reads for a copy of Sorry Not Sorry.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun read - this is more of a YA read, but every now and then I need a mindless read. This is one of those. The characters were in high school, but were wise beyond their age. The plot was fast moving and the book was fun. It was like stepping back into high school, but I wasn't 100% sure that I wanted to go back!

A good summer read, beach read or anytime read! Don't hesitate to grab this one today!
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. When I first picked it up, I thought that it wouldn't be very good, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Whenever I could really sit down and just read, I would find myself looking up to find that more time had passed than I thought. Though it's not the most spectacularly written book, it was enjoyable and a positive read with a good message.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was a good book. being black and having a disability myself, i really understood janelle’s motives. although some things were, i guess, odd and dumbed down, it was very cute nevertheless.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020-reading
Boy howdy did I not enjoy this at all.
Alli B.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shannon Kernan
Dec 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: soyamrg
Between 1.5-2 stars.
Nicole Gaddini
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
do not read enless 12 or older
Ellie M
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ownvoices
I got this book because my library was giving away ARCs and this was one of them I chose.
There are some books that just aren't as good when I read them more than once. And then there are some that I can read again and again.
I saw this book on some list on this site back in November and had been wanting to read it since then. I didn't think I could wait until February. And luckily I didn't have to.
My library's "new YA" shelf had run out of good options already. And this was perfect.
The other bo
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sorry Not Sorry is a sad book. I gave this book four stars because it is a very entertaining book with some twists and turns, but I didn't give it the last star because a lot of the plot is explained on the back cover, and I would like a little bit more suspense and unknown.
Sharon Velez Diodonet
"People don't volunteer or give money out of the goodness of their hearts. They do it out of guilt, for bragging rights, to follow a trend, to get into heaven--whatever. In the real world, everything is business and everybody has an end game." -Alyssa Weaver

Alyssa, Miss Popularity and Janelle, Social Justice Warrior used to be best friends once. Now they've grown apart and seem to have different objectives in life. Their history is complicated and their current relationship can be classified as
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
This book was over all a great novel, but if you were to read the back like most people, you would already know what took place in the novel. Even though there were a few surprises here and there, I still feel like it was not as thrilling to read because I already knew the main plots and turning points of the story and where they were leading.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sickness
It was a good book, but not something that I would say I love 100%. It has a good take on a real life illness and I like that. It's not the kind of book I would normally read though.
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