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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  42 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
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Scholastic Press
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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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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 and
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
Ann Elise Monte
Apr 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbtqiap-plus, 2020
Ace rep! In a middle grade!! Source:
May 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
it’s ace.
do i need to say anymore?
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I was pleased as punch to learn there was a new sequel to “George.” While I enjoyed Rick’s story and character development, there was something... informational... about this book, that didn’t feel entirely natural. Alex Gino worked it into the narrative, and for many young readers it could be the first time they are encountering the language of the queer community, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing. “Rick” is about more than personal identity. It’s also about friendships and the company you ...more
Leah (Jane Speare)
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
OMG just as good as George!!

EXCELLENT. This will be the perfect book to introduce young kids to the spectrum of LGBTQ . Rick struggles with a toxic friendship, as well as figuring out who he is, and where he fits into this new world he's discovered. As with George, it's full of love and support from family, and you get to see Melissa again too!
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*This review contains spoilers.

To me, Alex Gino’s books contain strong writing and storytelling—but they’re mostly about characters. After all, how many authors can get their MCs names into the titles of their first three novels? Two of those novels, GEORGE (2015) and now RICK (April 2020), are obviously identified by a single name. Although the former is more complex—as its subtitle ought to read “Melissa’s Story.” Anyway, this book starts with the immediacy and focus on the inner workings of a
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Admittedly, I had high expectations for this book. GEORGE was incredible and a force to be reckoned with in the literary world. Unfortunately, this book definitely didn't live up to that level. RICK was a cute book and I think it did a good job with language and the value to allying. It also gives great voice to asexuals and aromantics. However the whole thing was rather staccato and boring.

I was happy that Rick found his voice but his voice was so boring. The whole school part was slow and
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, middle-grade
It’s cute, but story-wise it’s just ok. It’s hard to get excited about Rick when he feels barely excited about himself.
Brenda Shelton
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m so happy to see ace rep in middle grade! Short and sweet but I enjoyed it just the same. My hope is that one day we will have even more ace rep in middle and YA—but predominantly own voices books.
Jenna (Falling Letters)
what WHAT is this about ace rep in a middle grade book? I am here for that.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, middle-grade
Gino has done it again with their spin-off to the critically-acclaimed George, this time focusing on a sixth grader named, you guessed it, Rick. Middle school is a time of many changes. What happens when your best friend is a jerk? What does it mean when you don't seem to have feelings for girls-- or boys, for that matter? Rick's biggest yet unlikeliest ally is his grandfather, whom he visits every week, and seems to listen to him more than his family. So many important and essential things are ...more
Mary Lee
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bully, lgbt, friends, family, 2020
Can't wait to get this book into the hands of a couple of my questioning fifth graders.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This might just be my new favorite middle grade book of all times.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-years, 2019
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
Jul 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
Alex Gino is coming out with yet another lgbtqia+ middle-grade novel and I am so excited. hooray for ace rep!
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got my hands on an Advanced Reader Copy and loved every second of it. As a nonbinary individual, the small scene where they discuss singular they/them pronouns was very impactful to me - even as a grown adult. I am so excited that kids have books like this to read as they grow up now. The meaningful discussions and interactions that take place in this book reflect real life and act as an accessible guide for anyone who wants to scratch the surface about extended LGBTQIA+ identities.
Jenny Staller
Rick is a companion novel to Alex Gino's George from a few years ago, and it focuses on some characters that were tangential to the original story. Rick has been best friends with Jeff for years, but doesn't always agree with the things Jeff does or the way he makes him feel. Now that Rick is starting middle school, he needs to decide what type of person he wants to be and who he wants to surround himself with.

I really liked that this novel focused on a toxic friendship. This is something that a
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you liked George you're going to love Rick. I don't think I have to tell everyone how great George is, everyone already knows that. But Rick isn't George. Rick is a new fresh story about a young boy trying to figure himself out. Like a lot of young people he is unsure about who he is and who he wants to be. You get to go along on his journey discovering about himself and family with him. It is truly a great journey to on and I would recommend this book to everyone young and old.

I especially
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer-protag
It’s rare to find a book about the Ace spectrum, much less a middle grade novel. Naturally Gino handles it with grace and approachability and, like George, I’ll be happy to see this book in kids’ hands.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I came for my love for George. Stayed for everything else.
Ms. Yingling
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Rick is starting a new year in middle school as his sister goes off to college. He has a best friend, Jeff, but Rick is starting to get ever more annoyed at Jeff's behavior. When Jeff makes rude comment about how "hot" Melissa is, Rick starts to realize that he doesn't really think of anybody as "hot". Intrigued by the Rainbow Spectrum group at school, he goes to see what it is all about, not letting Jeff know he is attending. Melissa, who was the subject of the
Note: I received an ARC at OLA Superconference from Dewey Divas and Dudes and will share with #BookPortage.

I jumped at the chance to read Rick because I loved Alex Gino's George, who, by the way, readers get to meet again in Rick! Rick is a young teen starting middle school unsure of who he is and where he fits. Rick is dealing with heavy stuff like questioning his sexuality his best friend being a jerk.

Rick is educational and informative, without being preachy or "too much". This is a great
Becky Shaknovich
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me by Scholastic at ALA Midwinter. Many of the other reviewers here praise Rick for its message and ace representation, but are displeased with what they find to be a preachy or overly informational style. I was actually quite impressed with the skillful way Alex Gino seamlessly worked the information into the narrative. In my opinion, Rick is a very readable and engaging book. I have had a bit of a hard time finding a book that felt engrossing so far this year, but I ...more
Jennifer Sanders
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I ordered this book for my 12 year old son to read. He told me he is gay last year and when he started wanting to wear Gay Pride t-shirts and such, kids at school started bullying him. There was a boy at school who my son was friends with, or so he thought, until he came out.
I didn't know at first that he was having a problem at school, he didn't tell anyone. His school definitely wasn't like the school in this book and this year he does online school at home.
I will definitely look for
Jo Swenson
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rick is a fitting follow-up to Alex Gino’s first novel, George. The two stories are set within the same world, giving readers the opportunity to catch up with Melissa and other characters from the first book. Rick takes a wide angle view of the LGBTQIAP+ community (or QUILTBAG+ as some characters prefer to call it), exploring a variety of identities from non-binary and trans to asexual and pansexual. Gino deftly undercuts arguments that middle schoolers are too young to know how they identify ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fans of George will be so happy to run into Melissa in this book.

Rick's best friend is a jerk and he doesn't know what to do about it. Rick is about to start middle school and is questioning who he really is and what he should stand up for.

I was so excited to get an ARC of this at a conference and chose to read it first of all of the ARCs I got. It was a good choice.
Hunter Russell
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have an ARC of this book and I suggested it to a friend after she finished reading George. Of course i accidentally read the book first before loaning it to my friend very sweet for middle school students. ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: midwinter-2020
4 stars - this does not disappoint and champions acceptance and diversity. Alex Gino writes with heart!

I received an ARC of this book at ALA Midwinter.
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Alex Gino loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive.

When Alex started writing GEORGE in 2003, they had no idea how long a journey it would be, but the hole in children’s literature was clear, and they knew how they wanted to fill it. Now, after countless revisions, breaks of frustration, and days spent staring at drafts
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