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4.62  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Introducing Brie Hutchens: soap opera super fan, aspiring actor, and so-so student at her small Catholic school. Brie has big plans for eighth grade. She’s going to be the star of the school play and convince her parents to let her go to the performing arts high school. But when Brie’s mom walks in on her accidentally looking at some possibly inappropriate photos of her ...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers
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It's no secret that I was blown away by Nicole Melleby's 2019 release, Hurricane Season. I felt like she put her heart on the page and into her young protagonist.

This sounds like it will be no different! I just received news I have an ARC on the way to me and I couldn't be happier!

Thank you so much, Algonquin Young Readers. I appreciate you!

jess ✨
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Her mom didn't recognize her and hadn't been able to ever since Brie had started figuring out exactly who she was."

I usually start writing my reviews right after I finish the book, most of the time using notes I've already written down, thoughts I had here and there, only adding final thoughts and considerations.

With this book I actually had to step back and let my emotions go from full messy and all over the place to something calmer so I could write this and I'm still not sure how to even put
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Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel so lucky to have gotten to read this book by my Pitch Wars co-mentor Nicole Melleby early, because this book will change lives for queer readers. It changed mine, anyway, and I am convinced it would've been a story I'd have dog-eared to near-disintegration if it'd been around when I was trying to figure myself out as a kid.

Brie knows she likes girls. She doesn't know how she feels about Catholicism and the religious lessons she's learning in Catholic school. As someone raised religious
Elin (annotatedpaperbacks)
wowowowowowow!!! this book broke my heart and put it back together so many times! put it on your tbr shelves for next year, people, and a full review will come!
Steve Tetreault
What it's about: Brie Hutchens has a powerful personality, but she's very confused. She's confused about why her dad has to be the janitor at her school, which is totally embarrassing. She's confused about why she and her mom can't spend more time together watching their beloved soap operas because her mom is spending more time at work. She's confused about why her best friend Parker can't just decide on a boy to like. And she's confused about the feelings she's having, because she doesn't like ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brie is an 8th grader who loves soap operas and finds that she is more attracted to girls than boys. In this novel Brie navigates her feelings, faith (her family is Catholic and she attends a Catholic private school), family & friendships.

I particularly enjoyed the way the author incorporated Brie’s love of soap operas in the storyline and in each chapter heading.

The relationship conflicts between Brie and her parents, her and her friends and even within herself were developed well.

Garrett Porter
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book hits so close to home with me it is actually a little scary. I saw myself in so many of the characters (I think I might actually have been the male version of Kennedy growing up). I absolutely loved so much about this and while I am not necessarily the target audience anymore, I am so happy that books like this exist for younger readers!
I loved this book! I just adored brave, vulnerable, determined Brie, and this is an eminently readable, beautifully crafted book. I was totally drawn into Brie's world, but I also found myself stopping to analyze how Melleby was executing such a character-driven but propulsive, brilliantly plotted novel. All the relationships, motivations, and subplots come together in such a satisfying, emotional way. I love the nuanced, vivid Catholic school setting; love the secondary characters (especially ...more
Brie Hutchins loves soap operas and hopes to be an actress someday. Each chapter starts with a short paragraph that includes the title of a soap opera episode and Brie’s summary of the episode; this provides some foreshadowing for the chapter as well as allows the reader to better understand Brie. Brie, in my opinion, is like many other middle school children; she is mercurial, dramatic, frustrating, confused (and confusing), thoughtless, and kind. Although she struggles to figure out who she ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soap opera-loving Brie has a flair for the dramatic; she really sees herself in soaps and hopes to become an actress one day. Nicole Melleby’s second novel, due out April 21, 2020, IN THE ROLE OF BRIE HUTCHENS...follows outgoing thirteen-year-old Brie through the last five, complicated months of her eighth grade year at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Brie is coming to terms with her sexuality and experiencing her first crush. Already questioning her faith, she’s not sure how coming out—when and how ...more
I am going to buy this for the library. It was easy to read and easy to love.
Shannen Box
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is tender, sweet, and such a strong young adult echo of the movie Lady Bird that I suspect the author must be a devoted fan, for the similarities cannot be coincidental. Both of these works touch on the often stifling nature of Catholic school upbringing, its confusing relationship as a backdrop to sexuality, and the way religious education shapes our allegiances to "authority" (God, teachers, parents) when hormones are tearing us apart at the seams and so little makes logical sense. ...more
Ms. Yingling
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Brie attends a Catholic school. Her father, who has recently lost his job, is working there as a custodian to help with her tuition, and her mother is picking up extra shifts so the family can stay afloat financially. It's the end of 8th grade, and Brie is struggling. She doesn't do well academically, but is very interested in attending a local arts school for high school instead of the public school her family can afford. Since her mother is frequently home in
Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

Alright, full disclosure, at the beginning of this book it was headed for a solid 2 or maybe a 3 star rating. It was just MEH and I couldn't feel connected to the style at all-it felt stilted and awkward. That could have been because I was rushing my reading and didn't fully understand the references being made in all of the chapter intros (they are scenes from various
Ivy Valentiny
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicole Melleby is truly groundbreaking in middle grade novels. This being her sophomore novel I can she will continue to write books kids need!

ITROBH is a stunning novel about a girl named Brie attending catholic schools, having religious parents, and trying to comes to terms with being gay. She’s not the best student but she wants to turn that around in hopes of attending an art school so she can become an actress.

Brie and her mother spend every day watching soaps together. Brie starts to
Aria C Moon
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of the book.*

I heard about this book from the publishers at "Book Buzz" and I knew I had to read it!

As someone who is both a huge supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as working for the Catholic church (as a teacher as well as many other positions), I felt that this had potential to being a great book. I am glad to say, I was not mistaken.

Brie was such a great character, and it was wonderful watching
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In many ways, middle school is a little like a soap opera, and as someone who grew up on All My Children, One Life to Live, and General Hospital, I enjoyed Melleby's ongoing references to significant soap opera characters and scenes, specifically the loaded scenes between mothers and daughters. I wasn't still watching the show when Erica Kane's daughter Bianca came out, but I wish I had been.

At its core, Brie Hutches is about a daughter who longs for her mother's approval, but also feels she
Patti Sabik
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this self-discovery, coming-of-age book. Brie's first romantic crush is told in such a compassionate and sweet way and her relationship conflicts with her parents are very believable. I was unsure how I felt about the setting of this story being in a Catholic middle school at first (I felt it narrowed the target audience somewhat), but once I got into the story I was totally convinced it belonged in my public school setting on many levels.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As someone who grew up watching soap operas with her sister and mother, this novel brought back so many wonderful memories. But more powerful than the soap backdrop is Brie's story of needing to be seen, especially by her mother. Blending the struggles of Catholic School, coming out, friendships, and family, this sophomore novel is another winner for Nicole Melleby!
Oh. My. Glob. Catholicism? Soap operas? Painfully awkward navigation of middle school crushes? Nicole Melleby nearly hijacked my life. Brie Hutchins is my new obsession and I can’t wait to peddle this book to every middle schooler I know and add it to my classroom bookshelf.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brie brought back memories of Catholic Schools! Full review will appear in School Library Journal.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Brie loves soap operas. It’s been a way for her to bond with her mom for years. But now Brie has a secret. She googled Kelly Monaco’s name (a soap opera star) and found topless photos. And thing is: Brie likes them.

Her mom walked in on Brie discovering this, but Brie slammed the laptop shut quickly before her mom could realize it. In attempts to distract her mom, she told her that she was picked to crown Mary, a big
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Nicole Melleby is a born-and-bred Jersey girl with a passion for storytelling. She studied creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and currently teaches creative writing and literature courses with a handful of local universities. Her debut novel, HURRICANE SEASON earned three starred reviews and was awarded the Skipping Stones Honor Award for exceptional contribution to multicultural ...more