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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,539 ratings  ·  409 reviews
From the award-winning author of George, the story of a boy named Rick who needs to explore his own identity apart from his jerk of a best friend.

Rick's never questioned much. He's gone along with his best friend Jeff even when Jeff's acted like a bully and a jerk. He's let his father joke with him about which hot girls he might want to date even though that kind of talk
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 21st 2020 by Scholastic Press
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This is a very sweet book! I’m a huge fan of Gino’s book GEORGE and have been highly anticipating this companion novel.

I love that this is a book for middle grade kids that calmly and compassionately teaches them about the LGBTQIAP+ community. As an educational tool, this will be so useful to middle schoolers and hopefully to educators as well when it comes to asexuality, as well as nonbinary folks and pronouns.

At the same time, I felt like this book was too short. There are a few plot threads
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RICK by Alex Gino is a young middle grade novel about a boy named Rick who is just entering middle school and is questioning his sexual identity. His best friend Jeff, who is also a sexist jerk in the process of objectifying young women, is already talking about hot girls, and his parents-- his father especially-- has begun to tease him about paying attention to his peers. But Rick feels uncomfortable when people talk about attraction an
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Oct 13, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: middle-grade, lgbtqia
me: *sees the rainbow*

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Katie B
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found myself smiling from time to time while reading this one because I'm so happy a book like this was not only written but published as well. 20+ years ago when I was in middle school this wouldn't have been the case. Some progress is being made and in a world where we aren't getting much good news lately, let's be thankful for something positive.

Rick is in middle school and Jeff has been his best friend for years. But even Rick can admit Jeff is a bully and can act like a jerk and that's th
C.G. Drews
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is just a soft and heartfelt delight! I read George quite a few years ago (I am way overdue for a reread now) and while Melissa makes a cameo, this one can stand on its own. It follows Rick as he starts off Middle School with a few trouble problems in his backpack: he's tired of everyone teasing him about liking girls (or boys) because he...doesn't. His best friend is acting increasingly more a bully which is confusing. And lastly Rick is aware he keeps saying nothing, doing nothing, k ...more
rachel ☾
a George companion that has an ace spec mc?? i didn't know i needed this in my life but i do, i do ...more
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great follow-up novel to George! I always thought Rick would be an interesting character to follow after his appearance in 'George', so it was really nice to see him develop. His questioning of his identity is really important for a lot of kids to read, I think, as it allows discussion and some understanding of the confusion a lot of kids feel about themselves. Even as an adult, there was a lot to learn from this too - standing up to friends who are hateful, learning of different identities an ...more
Finished the audiobook with tears in my eyes. This book is so beautiful and so so necessary.

The book follows 11-year-old Rick who starts middle school, and suddenly everyone seems to be getting crushes. Except for him. There's also the issue of his best friend, who's actually really mean. And when he starts spending more time with his grandad, he finds out that they have more in common than he thought, and he gains a lot of support.

I love love LOVE what this book did in telling us (pre)teens ca
Alex (Pucksandpaperbacks)
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

After reading Alex Gino's previous novel, George, I couldn't wait for another book in this universe. Rick is starting middle school and is posed with the nagging questions from his parents about crushes on girls and boys - but he just wants to spin coins. Romantically, Rick has never had a crush on anyone and this is very confusing for him. Rick is a powerful coming of age story about a boy questionin
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Aw, this was really sweet! A good choice for younger readers to read during Pride Month!

- Follows Rick, a young White boy who is just starting middle school this year! Rick has always felt uncomfortable with the idea of liking boys and girls, and when he learns about the Rainbow Spectrum club, he begins to question his identity.
- I thought this was actually a really sweet book! I didn't really jell with the writing style at first, but I had to remind myself: this is a story for younger readers
Masha (onceandfuturebooknerd)
Such an important book. Please read it. 🖤
Read George yesterday and Rick today and loved both of these books so much!! As an aroace person (though I had no idea at Rick's age haha) who had toxic friendships in middle school this little book was everything to me tbh
Caidyn (he/him/his)
CW: homophobia, transphobia, bullying, toxic friendship, and telling people they're too young to know their sexual and/or gender identities

I loved this book. Right when I heard the topic of Gino's next book, I knew that I had to read it because of the asexual rep. As many of you know, I'm asexual and has identified as such since around 15-16. That was when I found the language for it. I know that if I had found the language at Rick's age, I would have likely identified as such sooner and would h
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 - Asexual representation in Middle Grade? Hell yeah!

Rick is just starting middle school, dealing with a best friend who he’s realizing is a bully, and figuring out that he doesn’t have the same feelings about girls or boys that most of his classmates seem to have. When Rick attends a Rainbow Spectrum meeting, his school’s LGBTQIAP+ group, he learns some new language to describe how he’s feeling.

I think this book will give young kids a great way to see themselves represented and to learn ab
Ann Elise Monte
Apr 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbtqiap-plus, 2020
Ace rep! In a middle grade!! Source: ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet book, but it's not as good as its companion novel, the award-winning George. George does what all great books do, and transcends its genre. It was written for young middle grade readers, but because it was so well-written and so personal, and developed the character of Melissa so beautifully, it just felt like a good story, all the while it was also teaching kids about what it means to be trans, and emphasizing themes like empathy, friendship, and kindness.

Rick has similar goals
Eva B.
Jul 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
*Dies of desire to get this book*
Ace rep?? In a middle grade book?? Hell yeah!
I realized I was ace when I was in my last year of middle school and I hope that this book helps kids like me figure out who they are <3
Fun Facts:

x RICK is a companion novel to Alex Gino’s first middle-grade story GEORGE (which features a transgender protagonist trying out for the school play!) but you don’t have to read it (though you should because it’s outstanding) before diving into RICK.
x GEORGE was the #1 most challenged and banned book in 2018 for its subject matter – Gino’s badass response? “If you’re gonna be banned, at least be number 1.“

Why you should get excited for RICK:

x There are cameos from beloved characters fro
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This would’ve been 4 stars if it were longer! Because it does a really great job at teaching different sexuality types to young kids and it felt very realistic and relatable and cute. But it was also very very short and therefor I ended up feeling like I wanted more. The storylines with Rick and Jeff’s friendship would’ve felt more realistic and also probably more satisfying that way.
But it still was a very good story that I think would be a really great way to help young kids and I also like ho
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lbgtq, middle-grade
I almost liked this book too much to be able to review it. This is the Ace representation and validation I needed when I was in elementary, middle, and high schools. This book would have made me feel normal and okay and I can't tell you how much it means to me to that it exists so that no other child will have to go through that very specific hell like I did.

Seriously. Thank you, Alex Gino.
May 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
it’s ace.
do i need to say anymore?
Johanna Saarni
Feb 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
How can 10-11-year old identify as asexual? Its the default for many at that age still! Does the author even understand puberty and biology? Would have made more sense if he was 16 or something.
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May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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More of a 3.5 but I'm rounding up.

- protag is ace/aro; validation is provided; the "but you're so young" conflict is mildly explored
- grandfather cosplay "crossdresses"
- minor characters along the LGBTQIAP+ spectrum, "unsure" and nonbinary included
- Melissa from "George" is in the protag's classroom and scenes from that book are mentioned
- grief is handled realistically

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Completely Melanie
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
For me personally, I would give this a 3.5, however, I feel that it deserves a 4 star for it's intended audience. I do enjoy middle grade, however this felt aimed at kids a little younger. It is a great story for someone to read if they are feeling different from their peers and they haven't figured out quite why. It is very educational about all kinds of identities, and I think this book will be very helpful to some kids out there. It cover just about anything you can think of from gay, straigh ...more
Bianca (theperksofbeingbianca)
I finished this like a week ago, but never updated it oops.

It's a very sweet story about a questioning kid. You are never too young to define your identity, and yes, it may change, but that doesn't mean your age invalidates it.

There are many instances that have a clear pedagogical objective and I loved them, like the use of several identity labels that fall within the asexual and aromantic spectrum, speaking up when someone is being a bully even if it's your friend, making new friends, respectin
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very sweet middle grade book exploring the varying queer experiences. RTC
Michelle Stimpson
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
All our favorite characters from GEORGE return in this engaging story for middle schoolers and gives an important LGBTQ+ (QUILTBAG+) vocabulary lesson.
Carolyn Klassen
Such a richly diverse book. A sequel to George and a continuation of Melissa's story, but with the added bonus of a queer community, a resource centre for LGBTQIA+ kids. I loved that it was inclusive while also having a storyline that was outside of gender and sexual identity, but I would have loved a little more story. It felt rushed. This is such a great learning tool for kids because they'll learn at the same time as Rick in a natural way that doesn't feel like the author is teaching them. We ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020, lgbtq
While I didn’t like this one as much as George, I still had a good time with it. This oneN has a ton of information in it about the LGBTQIAP+ community, like what “aromantic” and “asexual”, and “non-binary”, and “pansexual”, and more all mean! A book like this could really help a kid out and I love that so so much.

I really liked Rick’s relationship with his grandpa and seeing it develop. As well as his relationship with his classmates. And I loved seeing him discover his own sexuality, and defe
Alex Gino writes the best middle grade novels focusing on queerness.
This one is about a boy who learns that it's ok to leave an old friend behind if they're the meanest kid in school. It's ok to question yourself and not know exactly who you are, who you like. Just surround yourself with positive and encouraging friends and you'll be just fine.
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Gino is genderqueer and uses singular they pronouns and the honorific Mx.

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