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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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Izzy Could you ask your school's librarian if they get order it in for you? If you have access to Amazon, they tend to have audiobook free trials, so you c…moreCould you ask your school's librarian if they get order it in for you? If you have access to Amazon, they tend to have audiobook free trials, so you could choose that as one of your free audiobooks, and if your parents see it you can say that you clicked on it by accident or that it came with that book.

In terms of other LGBT+ books - also tends to publish a lot of LGBT+ Fantasy, and they have short stories online and have a monthly e-book club where they give away a free SFF e-book each month.

Also, books that have LGBT themes but it's not stated explicitly on the blurb
-'Summer Bird Blue' by Akemi Dawn Bowman has a protagonist who realises they're asexual
-'The Exact Opposite of Okay' by Laura Steven has a gay best friend character with homophobic parents
-'In Other Lands' by Sarah Rees Brennan has a main character who is bisexual

The podcast 'The Bright Sessions' is free, and is about teenagers/early to mid twenties people with superpowers in therapy. Main characters include: an asexual romantic girl, a bisexual male, a gay teenage boy, and a teenage boy who doesn't really know what his sexuality is but ends up in a relationship with a boy. It also has a YA book that goes along with it 'The Infinite Noise' by Lauren Shippen, and I don't think it explicitly says on the blurb that it involves a gay couple.

I hope this helps! Feel free to message me if you want any other lgbt+ related stuff or books and I will try to help.(less)
Persephone You should definitely read it! It is a quick read, and especially if you are a fan of George, this is a must read!!

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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
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Oct 13, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: middle-grade, lgbtqia
me: *sees the rainbow*

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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
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
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
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
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
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
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Well, I didn't know that George's book had a sequel, well it's not his continuation, but rather Rick's a character in the other book, it focuses on aspects of his life, it was nice, what i liked most was the appearance of Melissa and see what became of her, I love that girl. ...more
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
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.
Aug 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I adored the first book George and was eager to read this one as well. Think it's a great middle grade teaching kids important topics as the same time being very enjoyable to read with some memorable characters. ...more
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 ...more
Kate (GirlReading)
Oh this was so very wonderful. My heart is extremely full right now.

Having finished and adored George, I found myself desperately wanting more of Alex Gino's empathetic, hopeful work and this did not disappoint. (I think I may have even enjoyed it slightly more than George?) This book is filled with heart, empathy and acceptance in a way that shines brighter in middle grade than any other age/genre. I adored Rick's character and his journey of self discovery, self acceptance and self respect. I
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
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
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oof owie ouch. Stilted, heavy-handed, preachy writing. Important topics, yes, but "Rick" treats its readers like dummies and beats them over the head with hyper-specific textbook terminology. Nothing about this book feels organic and everyone is so on the defensive, with every sentence or interaction being another hot-button topic. And how is it that the queer teacher and sponsor of the LGBTQ+ is the person who doesn't know about they/them pronouns??

Only plus: this is the first MG book I've rea
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, lbgtq
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.
M.  Reads Books and Fics
It was awesome to see Melissa in another book, even though it was different since she’s older now. And not the main character. This is a fantastic book for the middle grade crowd to learn more about queer people and their rep in books. I read this within a few hours and loved every moment.
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
I read George Melissa's Story during Banned Books Weeks 2020, so not that long ago, but for some reason I was thinking that Rick was the little dirtbag bully and then I was like why does HE get a book?! But it was Jeff, not Rick. Rick didn't help the situation but was not the instigator. Anywho, this is Rick's story. And it was a good story. I loved Grandpa Ray. I would've liked a little more conflict but I am an adult reading a kid's book so I understand the little to no conflict. I also wanted ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
To see the full review check it out here.

The basis of this book is Rick might be ace, the definition of ace in the book is not the definition of ace.

an ace person
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
Francisca Viegas
This book is SO important. I can’t stress enough the importance of addressing issues like gender and sexuality in children and middle grade literature. Asexuality specifically often gets left out and this was beautiful. Highly recommend this to young readers.
This was 🏳‍🌈excelent🏳‍🌈

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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