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The Humiliations of Pipi McGee

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  66 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
Published September 17th 2019 by Running Press Kids
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***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?

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Lost in Book Land
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Ms. Yingling
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
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
On my rare attempts to read books targeting children younger than high school, I am always glad when I find a gem which I thoroughly enjoy despite being decades older than the characters. This was one such book.

Pipi Mcgee wants to leave middle school as Penelope McGee and not carry the multiple issues that have plagued her over the years from the first grade. Unfortunately for her, she does not start this year with a flourish either. This spurs into action, and she lists out the things that she
Edith Cazares
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was goooooood. RTC
Diana Burton
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-net-galley
4.5 Stars bumped because I just really enjoy Beth Vrabel's writing and her well-rendered characters.

In something of a sequel to The Reckless Club, author Beth Vrabel explores the horrors of middle school bullying that get a kid into a Reckless Club situation while offering hope to middle graders that "it gets better."

Pipi McGee is a thirteen-year-old girl who has been picked on since kindergarten. Every school year has brought her new humiliations. From her kindergarten drawing of her future sel
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
After eight years of humiliation in school, Pipi McGee is ready for something different in her eighth grade year. She is looking for revenge. She’s made a list of all the things that have happened, from her kindergarten self-portrait as bacon to second grade’s starting a chain reaction of vomiting during a bus ride to fourth grade’s peeing in her pants (in her defense on that one, her zipper stuck).

Each year, after each humiliation, her classmates kept the shame going with their name-calling, e
Huge thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for this ARC!

I think everyone may be able to relate to having middle school blunders. While I don't think a lot of drew ourselves as bacon with boobs in kindergarten only to have it haunt you on your first day of grade eight, I The Humiliations of Pipi McGee is a book that will make you laugh, smile, and empathize.

Pipi McGee is a girl who has had some struggles throughout her middle school career. Some of them infamous, others more subtle, and Pipi ju
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poor Penelope!! Every year something happens to this poor eighth-grader that makes her the laughingstock of her class. From wanting to be a bacon with boobs when she grows up, to an incident with a stuck zipper which resulted in the unfortunate nickname Pipi, she’s experienced it all. But she vows that eighth grade will be different. And the first day of school, she’s humiliated once again. When that picture she drew as a Kindergartener of a bacon with boobs gets put up on the screen, she’s imme ...more
Michelle Kidwell
The Humiliations of Pipi McGee
by Beth Vrabel

Perseus Books, Running Press

Running Press Kids

Children's Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 17 Sep 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Humiliations Of Pipi McGee through Perseus Books/Running Press and Netgalley:

If you you a middle grade girl, then I would recommend The Humiliations Of Pipi McGee. The book tells the story of Pipi McGee with humor and heart.

For the first eight years of Pipi’s educational life she has experienced a curriculum in humiliation but
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

This is the second revenge-ish story I have read this week, and I have to say they are stressful. I don't think I care for them. This one is nicely balanced with other great story elements to offset the angst of Pipi's efforts to overcome her past. I adored Pipi's family. Their scenes were my favorites in the whole book; the birthday party was fantastic.

Pipi's humiliation
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Katie Reilley
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
A perfect read for middle schoolers or about to be middle schoolers.

I hated middle school. I felt awkward with who I was and who I wanted to be. Luckily though I did not have the experiences Pipi did kindergarten through 7th grade. I felt embarrassed for her as I was reading.

Lesson one learned: Revenge is never as satisfying as you think it will be. If only adults would learn this as well. Kids need to learn this lesson early on and a lot of unnecessary heartache and drama would be avoided. The
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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.