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The Humiliations of Pipi McGee

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  47 reviews
The first eight years of Penelope McGee's education have been a curriculum in humiliation. Now she is on a quest for redemption, and a little bit of revenge.

From her kindergarten self-portrait as a bacon with boobs, to fourth grade when she peed her pants in the library thanks to a stuck zipper to seventh grade where...well, she doesn't talk about seventh grade. Ever.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 16th 2019 by Running Press Kids
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Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
***I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****

4.5 stars.


Eighth grade is going to be the year. The year that Pipi McGee redeems herself from her past Humilations, nose picking, drawing herself as a piece of bacon with boobs, shooting the winning point for the wrong team in basketball and then there's seventh grade...we don't talk about seventh grade. Pipi McGee has a plan to reverse her Humilations, but what happens when it goes to far?

First off,

Lost in Book Land
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hello Again!

Before we jump into this review I wanted to say I finished reading this book over the summer and wrote this review shortly after finishing reading the book. However, I decided to wait till much closer to the pub date to put my review up on my site (I did put my review on Goodreads once I finished as I wanted to mark the book as complete and have my thoughts and notes someplace). I do not usually read a lot of middle grade but one day I was on Netgalley doing some requests and looking
Gigi H
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a silly and entertaining read, with some laugh out loud moments.
It kind of reminded me of Diary of a wimpy kid.

I found Pipi to be a relatable character and liked that she had a blended family, which is pretty common these days.

Kudos to the author for writing such diverse characters and backgrounds without shoving it down your throat or making it feel forced.

The pacing was a tad slow at times, but overall it was an enjoyable read. I especially liked the drawing of bacon boobies! 😜

Thank y
Melanie Dulaney
What insight into the middle school and high school psyche! Beth Vrabel’s voice for the struggle of all to find a place to truly feel at home is evident in “Pipi McGee” in a powerful way. Poor Pipi has had major humiliations that have tormented her throughout her school years and now, at the beginning of 8th grade, she is determined to right the wrongs done to her, start a new chapter in life, and exact revenge on several key players in her embarrassing saga. But like most plans, this one does n ...more
Mary S. R.
Mar 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: middle-grade
I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the publisher, Running Press Kids!

Can't wait to dive into this refreshing middle grade novel :)
Edith Cazares
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
WOW!!!! This was so powerful.
I did receive this for free from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review so keep that in mind.

This story stars out introducing Penelope or as she’s know Pipi Mcgee she’s an 8th grader who wants to finally break out of her embarrassing shadow. Every year like clockwork something horrible happens and she becomes the laughing stock of the school. But this year she’s determined to get redemption and revenge. But at what cost? Friendships are put to the test, the ene
Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/ netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I knew from the minute I saw the title of this book I was going to like it.

This book was about a young girl named Penelope who has had a series of unfortunate events happen to her every year in school leading up to eighth grade. One of those events lead to her nickname Pipi McGee, and the start of the "Pipi touch".

Now in eighth grade Penelope has decided she is going to change these events and start
Violet Sinclair
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
DISCLAIMER: I received a digital copy of THE HUMILIATIONS OF PIPI MCGEE via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


Let’s go back to last May, when I was looking through NetGalley and downloaded THE RECKLESS CLUB. That was the very first Beth Vrabel book I ever read. And from there I proceeded to read PACK OF DORKS and CALEB AND KIT and all the rest of them, and I loved every sing one of them. I don’t think there was a single one I disliked. And I heard that THE HUMILIATIONS OF PIPI MCGEE
Amelia Rosegrant
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
e-ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for review.

I loved this book! I felt so much second-hand cringe for Pipi throughout the book. The illustrations were adorable. The friendships portrayed in this book were very truthful to what I see in my middle school students, and I loved that Pipi was a flawed main character. She messed up. A lot. She had to fix her mess-ups and own up to them.

The supporting characters were great. Pipi's whole family was complicated and messy and beautiful.

There was
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a humorous look at the struggles that an eighth grader, Pipi McGee, faces as she tries to re-invent herself before high school and also to exact revenge on those who have bullied her since kindergarten. As a young child, she portrayed herself as a piece of bacon with boobs and just cannot live down that particular humiliation. Add to that the fact that she peed herself in the library in the fourth grade, her tormentors have plenty of ammunition to use against her. Although the book does ...more
Diana Burton
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute read!!! Any girl in middle school should read this book! I loved Pipi and all her mishaps along the way. A delightful read and can help navigate the roads of junior halls in a way that can be meaningful and impactful to kids!
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Humiliation of Pipi McGee is an account of the life of a middle school girl who with help from her best friend, Tasha Martins, decides to redeem herself and set things right before starting high school. We follow her as she navigates her last year in middle school, trying to stay out of trouble. Entertaining read and relatable characters. Would recommend to children and young adults.

Thank you to Beth Vrabel, NetGalley, and Running Press Kids for an ARC of this book.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
no one should bring up seventh grade, ever.

that said, pipi mcgee and her redemption/revenge plan is such an eight grade dilemma and i love it so much. she's a very likeable character, however vindictive. bonus points for cute blended family dynamics, sisterhood rising and the importance of forgiving your friends, but not letting mean people get the best of you. extra bonus points for the artsy nerdy kids bonding. all the former eight grade weirdos and misfits will appreciate it.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 22-29
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

For Pipi’s entire school career, she has been the butt of the joke. From drawing herself as bacon with boobs, to accidentally peeing her pants, to puking all over her classmates, she is used to humiliation. However, during her last year in middle school, she is determined to make up for all of that by taking revenge on those who have wronged her and finding justice for her past embarrassments. Will Pipi find redempt
Ms. Yingling
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC Provided by Edelweiss Plus

Penelope got her name of Pipi after an unfortunate accident involving a stuck zipper. Something horrible seems to happen every year, and Pipi knows all of the incidents by heart. Her friend Tasha puts up with her recounting, but doesn't quite understand, because her life seems to go swimmingly. When 8th grade starts off with an assembly where kindergarten pictures of the 8th graders are shown, Pipi feels like she has already had her humiliation for the year-- her
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgally-r4r
*Provided by Netgally*

This is a powerful story of an 8th-grade girl, Pipi going through a lot of stuff at school and at home. She’s holding onto many embarrassments from her past school years and is having a hard time letting go, to the point of being in a negative mindset toward the classmates who have been laughing at her, treating her like she is a virus, and being mean to her (in her eyes at least) since kindergarten, even feeling anger and jealousy toward the ones who haven’t really done th
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Penelope McGee, an 8th grader, wanted redemption and revenge for all the humiliations she suffered since kindergarten - thereby wiping the slate clean for when she moved on to high school.

This story contained a diverse group of characters including bullies and “mean girls” on all levels: students, parents, and educators. Meanness seemed to be rampant in this school environment. For example, after one particular incident when Penelope was on a school trip in fourth grade, she had a bathroom accid
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Katie Reilley
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Melanie Sumrow for sharing this ARC with me (won in a giveaway).

Pipi McGee has a bad track record. There’s the drawing herself as a piece of bacon with boobs, nose picking, puking in the bus, making a basket for the other team in basketball, the “Pipi” touch, peeing her pants, and thing that MUST not be talked about (from 7th grade). But Pipi vows that eighth grade WILL be the year where she reversed the humiliations placed on her and heads into high school with a clean slate.

A. M.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Everything is going to change for Penelope, Pipi, McGee this year. Eighth grade. She is ready to begin writing her own narrative after years of embarrassment at school. Penelope is ready to redeem her past humiliating stunts, and to possibly even get revenge.

This book was delightful, and for me being twenty-one it was definitely nostalgic to the pain of being a middle-schooler. This story at its core is one t
Shannon Jade
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Humiliations of Pipi McGee by Beth Vrabel tells the story of one chronically unfortunate middle-schooler, Pipi, as she comes to terms with her repertoire of embarrassments and seeks revenge against those who contributed to them. A definite coming of age story, the book follows Pipi’s ups, downs and learning curves as she discovers who she is and what it means to be cool or uncool.

One of my favourite things about this book was its focus on representation. Pipi’s story is infused with plenty o
Every year Pipi McGee starts school thinking it is going to be a great year and every year some great humiliation happens. Well 8th grade is going to be the year she resolves all those past humiliations. She creates of list of each year's tragedy and starts working through them. There is of course the self portrait she drew in kindergarten that showed her future self as bacon...with boobs. There is the vomitathon, the pants peeing episode, the school picture with her finger up her nose, and so m ...more
"I mean when you're not trying to extract revenge or being completely obsessed with bad things that happened to you, you're fun to be around."

This pretty much sums up this book for me. Pipi is a really annoying protagonist, who is so obsessed with trying to become one of the popular girls, and in everyones good graces, that she doens't notice who she is hurting around her. It is hard to feel sympathetic towards here, which is what you should feel for a main character.

But, if you can get through
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that fits for middle graders and up, The Humiliation of Pipi McGee is a hilarious, cringey, and heart-warming read. It’s a story about Pipi who had her almost-whole grade & middles school life a laughing stock all because of the school incidents that her batch mates can’t seem to forget. Thanks to the usual mean person of everyones school.

It’s a fun read with lessons that you’ll get even of you’re just a kid. Let’s be real, we make mistakes — lots of it, we can be weird most of the t
Joanna Yates
Eighth grade is the year that Pipi McGee has chosen to reinvent herself, and makeup for all of the past humiliations she has suffered since Kindergarten. After compiling a list, she sets out to right all of the wrongs, however at what cost? In the midst of remembering all of the past humiliations she has suffered, she forgets who has been there for her through all of the embarrassments.
The Humiliations of Pipi McGee brings to light the impact of bullying and how it affects everyone involved. Th
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beth Vrabel has done it again!! If you're reading as an adult, stop, remind yourself of being 12 years old, and then continue. If you're already 12 or in middle school, you will connect with Pipi. Pipi McGee has faced various, major humiliations in her years at school so far and she's determined to seek revenge and/or redemption for each item on The List. As she works through The List she learns some valuable lessons about true friendship, the hurt others have faced, personal truth and the true ...more
Robin (ReadItRobi)
OMG, Pippi McGee! She strikes me as similar to the boy in Diary of a Wimpy Kid--often making the wrong decisions that alienate her true friends and don't actually gain her any "popular" ones. A few times I felt frustrated that she didn't just stop to be honest with the adults in her life, but then again, I'm pretty far removed from my middle school years now and I doubt I would have question that back then! She is a bumbling everywoman that I think middle graders will definitely enjoy. I certain ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining story about a middle school student who seeks revenge on those who she believed has humiliated her in her younger years. I found some of this story to be redundant. I wanted Pipi to move on be my productive. It was a bit predictable at times. I think we have all experienced times of humiliation but don’t preform acts of revenge. I work in a middle school and the students are much kinder in reality. But the book on a whole was enjoyable. I think the YA students would enjo ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Completely relatable for my 12 year old daughter! Poor Pippi is just trying to reinvent herself but every plan she comes up with basically blows up in her face. Along the way she discovers what true friendships are and that being yourself is what’s most important. Very funny and an enjoyable read for the tween in your life!
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
At first, this was a decent story, but as it progressed, I was increasingly disappointed with the way the story played out. I suspect a lot of that has to do with the fact that I'm now an adult, and Pipi's 'humiliations' seem fairly insignificant, especially given that her friends don't really care. It felt so much more high-stakes and nasty than I remember grade school being.
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Beth Vrabel is the author of Cyblis-nominated Caleb and Kit, ILA award-winning A Blind Guide to Stinkville, JLG-selection A Blind Guide to Normal, and The Reckless Club and Pack of Dorks series. She can't clap to the beat nor be trusted near Nutella. Beth loves traveling around the country to meet with young readers and writers, sharing a message of grit, resiliency and heart.