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The Friendship Lie

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Description: Cora Davis's life is garbage. Literally. Her professor parents study what happens to trash after it gets thrown away, and Cora knows exactly how it feels--to be thrown away. Between her mom and dad separating and a fallout with her best friend, fifth grade for Cora has been a year of feeling like being tossed into the dumpster. But Cora has learned a couple of ...more
272 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2019 by Capstone
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Kimberly Dawn
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Middle grade readers should enjoy and identify with this interesting friendship drama.

“One person can’t fix a problem that two people made.”

Cora and Kyle are twins entering fifth grade. They have been best friends with Sybella since second grade.

The three have invented an elaborate fantasy game together they call Aquafaba.

A new girl, Marnie, arrives on the first day of fifth grade, and the trouble begins....
For the first time ever, the friendship between Cora and Sybella is threatened.

Dekotah Thompson
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I also loved how open the book was, how relevant it is in today's world.
Cora was such an amazing character for me, one that I saw a lot of myself in when I was that age. She was scared and angry and sad and happy and just this big rollercoaster of emotions that I guarantee many kids and adults will relate to. I know I would have related just as much, if not a whole lot more, when I was a kid.
The book itself is great in looking at friendshi
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade novel in exchange for a review. Middle grade readers will definitely be able to relate to the ups and downs of friendship at this sensitive age. At this age, kids can be friends one minute and enemies the next, and usually the rift in the friendship is over a misunderstanding. Once the relationship suffers this kind of blow, it can be really hard for both former friends to extend themselves and/or apologize for what happe ...more
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The Friendship Lie by Rebecca Donnelly was a middle grade read all about what happens when conflict hits a friendship. Cora and Sybella used to be best friends, but now they're not. The story treks through the days before and the day after of their friendship. In addition, part of this involves an old journal they find that involves the chronicle of a fight amongst friends. I looked at this one through the lens of me as a kid a
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I think I'm judging mostly on the way I feel after I finished this book. It left me with a very sweet feeling, a relatable, heartbroken reminder of the difficulties of early friendships. I think that central idea - that friendships are more difficult to maintain and retain than we think - was worthwhile and handled nicely. But looking back on it, I wonder about the choice to have the falling out (or fallings out) be chalked up to purposefully meddling new girls; I felt, especially on the part of ...more
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Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley & Capstone for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book so much. The characters were so loveable and the plot was amazing. Even though this is a middle grade book, it thought really important lessons in such a nice way. The main topic of the book might be friendship but it talked (even if not in depth) about divorce and how hard it can be for a kid to deal with it. I loved the narrative so much, it was so nice to read and it thought
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Friendship Lie By Rebecca Donnelly
Cora’s dad is a Garbologist at the Univeristy of California and her whole family tries to use less and recycle more to reduce waste.
She struggles to come to grips with a lot of changes in her world including starting 5th grade, divorce, and a big fight with a friend. At this age (9-10) it’s hard to navigate fights with friends and how to make up or move on, and this book handles it all really well.
Readers bounce from the time before the fight to the time a
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Review based on an ARC received from the publisher. This is solid story for middle readers (ages 9-12) about friendship, family, and environmentalism. Best friends Cora and Sybella have to navigate the tricky territory of 5th grade and misunderstandings that create a deep rift between them. I appreciated the messages about empathy and forgiveness woven into this story and the fantastic presence of garbology (a real thing!) via Cora’s garbologist parents. It’s a subtle yet effective primer on the ...more
Liesl Stach
I enjoyed the garbage metaphor throughout this book. The way the narrative cuts back and forth between the past and the present was flawlessly executed, and the characters of Cora, Kyle, and Sybella were three-dimensional and relatable.

Not my favorite book, but I think kids will certainly enjoy it!
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect book for my students! Every year, I have friends who get into some kind of disagreement with each other. This is the perfect book to hand them!! I'm going to need several copies so I always have one ready to hand out!
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely loved this! Full review to come closer to release day!
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
A wonderful middle grade about the struggle of a friends first fight, but it deals with so much more in such a small amount of space. Cora is such a relatable character who is going through so many changes (starting 5th grade, divorce, new friends, growing up). The author tells us the story going back and forth from before the fight and after and we don’t really know what went wrong until the end, which I would have thought would be annoying but she does it well. It’s hard for kids at that age ...more
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