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Hello, Future Me

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A heart-expanding story of hope, friendship, and the power that comes with realizing that magic, like family, doesn't always look the way you expect it to.
Eleven-year-old June is a problem-solver. Some people might call her a busybody, but that's okay. Just look at all the couples she helped find love! (Grateful newlyweds Marlene and Big Vic have even promised June free h
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Scholastic Inc.
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Stephanie Fitzgerald
Oct 09, 2020 added it
Recommends it for: I wouldn’t
Shelves: jumped-ship-dnf
Checked this one out from the library on a whim because of the cover art, and because the premise sounded interesting. Turned out to be a disappointment; the further I read the more confusing it became. Jumped ship and stopped reading when I got to the scene of June’s parents blowing raspberries on each others’ stomachs and licking each others’ toes. As June herself said, “Gross!”
This was supposedly written for a middle-grade audience. I think most readers of that age would find this one difficu
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
What if, at the age of 12, you could communicate with both your 7-year-old self from the past (Juniepie15) and your 20-year-old self (Juniepie28) in the future. When June's dad gives her a refurbished laptop for her birthday, June starts getting messages from two other Juniepies. At the heart of the story is the impending divorce for June's parents. She is determined to make a list and stop it. That new store in town should have something that can do the trick, right? The Shop of Last Resort is ...more
Samantha Clark
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! The characters are so wonderful, so hugable. Protagonist June is strong-willed, fun and smart, and her past and future Junes, who she speaks to on a magic laptop, give us a fantastic look at how people change and grow. I loved their interactions with each other.

June's best friend Calvin and her parents are equally lovely, drawn so real that I feel like I could go to Tanglewood and meet them.

The story looks at divorce, friendship and the trials of change. But perhaps the most fu
Karen McKenna
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great middle grade book, this story tackles the topic of divorce mixed with magical hijinx. When a magical laptop sends June a mysterious message from someone named JuniePie28 warning her not to try to stop her parents' divorce, she doesn't listen and ends up learning the hard way that magic is not all its cracked up to be. I loved hearing the voices of current June as well as her older self and her younger self (messages from JuniePie15 also start showing up). The format of the message exchan ...more
Cynthia Reeg
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For small town girl, June, turning twelve turns into a disaster with manic magic, flying gnomes, enchanted laptops, bigfoot fanaticism, and parents gone haywire. In an effort to restore her parents to the way they were before the divorce began, ever-organized June concocts a magic plan. But things quickly go from bad to worse as she relies on advice from her past and future selves. Ultimately, June discovers that change doesn’t necessarily mean total misfortune. In this witty and wonderfully enc ...more
S.A. Larsen
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brave, heart-warming journey of one girl’s hopes and fears as her family changes, the assurance of love, and of course . . . sparkly magic! Ventrella explores the reality of divorce with a delicate balance of truth and wavering emotions. June wants nothing more than to keep her parent’s marriage together. And when she’s given a magical computer, where she can connect with her past and future selves, she thinks she’s found a way. Honest and raw, this tale carries readers through all stages of J ...more
Jonathan Rosen
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm in the middle of this book and absolutely loving it! Quirky main character, fun story, and emotionally moving. Can't wait to read the rest and highly recommend! ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hello, Future Me was a fun, enjoyable read that I completed in one sitting. Recommended!
Kristin Crouch
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author for sharing a copy of Hello, Future Me with Collabookation.
June is eagerly awaiting her mom's return from a five week artist's retreat when she learns that her world is falling apart: her parents are going to be getting divorced. June knows this is a big mistake, that if they'd just remember how and why they fell in love in the first place, all this talk of divorce will go away. So when she's given the opportunity to meddle in some magic to bring things back to the way t
Sara Magnafichi
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author, Kim Ventrella, for providing an advanced copy of Hello, Future Me with #Collabookation ARC reading group. In this story, we meet June, an 11-year-old girl who lives in a town known for glorifying Bigfoot and celebrating the town's history of having Bigfoot sightings. When a mystical shop appears full of odds and ends that really make no sense, things start to get a little strange. Her dad buys her a computer from the shop, and she is magically able to speak to her future ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review from my 11-year-old daughter: “Hello Future Me” is about a girl named June. After five months of her mother being away at art camp, she's finally coming home. June has everything planned out, The perfect sign, the perfect present, and the perfect party. But not everything can be perfect. The sign is ruined, the present is all wrong. But at least she is going to see her mom again, right? Nope. Her mom unexpectedly decides to drive home. Not fly. Which will take much longer. On the way home ...more
Jennifer Sneed
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hello, Future Me is a charming, pink and sparkly middle grade novel that makes the reader feel all the feels. I think it's particularly appropriate for 4th-6th graders. It's written in the loose, chatty vernacular that many kids in that age group use and they'll feel right at home. The main character June inadvertently causes all kinds of magical shenanigans as she attempts to keep her parents from divorcing, a situation that the author approaches gently and realistically, making it clear to rea ...more
Victoria Piontek
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I absolutely adore Kim Ventrella’s middle grade novel, Hello, Future Me. In this charming book, twelve-year-old June struggles to accept her parents’ upcoming divorce. Told with heart and humor, this story deftly tackles the ups and downs of a fractured family finding their new normal. Ventrella doesn’t shy away from the hard stuff but addresses complicated issues with a light hand, spot-on middle grade humor, a dash of magic, and an endearing cast of characters making Hello, Future Me a compuls ...more
LS Johnson
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, especially based on the other reviews. But I did not like June. She was so self-centered and I thought she treated her best friend horribly. I got tired of all of the miscommunication and bad communication that occurred through the whole book, especially from the parents who should have been listening and encouraging dialogue with their daughter. I also think the title is misleading. Yes June gets messages from her future self but she also gets them from her younger s ...more
Ms. Yingling
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
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I was hoping for something fun and upbeat, like Mlynowski's Gimme a Call. June is a fun character, and her magic laptop that gets chat messages from both her seven year old self and her 20 year old self was amusing, but the book seemed dated, with the e mails and chat messages, and the magic was a bit quirky. The parents' problems were rather serious, and the magic wasn't as much fun because of that. Definitely interesting and well-written, but struck me as very s
Maria Vallejo
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m so thankful for this book! It has been the first physical book I’ve been able to read and focus on in awhile breaking my anxiety-induced reading slump. It’s the perfect blend of real-life (dealing with divorcing parents as a twelve year isn’t fun) and magic. And oh! How delightfully whimsical the magic is! Also...I, um, cried at the end...but in a good way. It filled my heart with all the feels and important life reminders. It moved quickly and read easily, making it completely accessible to ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are so many readers who desperately need this book. I loved it! June jumps off the pages of this book and my heart aches for her when her world is rocked. Desperate to solve things she turns to magic, which has strange and uncomfortable consequences. The theme of the book is a message so many need to hear: Sometimes life sucks and you will make it through. Highly recommend for those fantasy readers who like a little bit of spooky and strange too. Well done!
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved Kim Ventrella’s upcoming MG, Hello, Future Me. The story brings readers into the mindset of 12 year old June as she grapples with her parents’ pending divorce and a bit of magic that goes awry. Be on the lookout for it this August!
Gaye Sanders
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an ARC of this. I loved it! It has such a fun, fresh voice and kept me guessing the entire time. My favorite Kim Ventrella book so far!
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thought the book was heartwarming and fun! I like the magical aspect that was included. The friendship she has with Calvin is hard to beat. Love it!
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What do you do if your future you doesn't agree with your plan to save your parents' marriage? You will need to read Hello, Future Me by Kim Ventrella to find out. This middle-grade novel has you traveling to Big Foot Country to answer June's questions about her parents' marriage and what love and friendship looks like now and will look like in the future. I really enjoyed the twist of magic set against the real family problems of June. This book had me constantly surprised by what could happen ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved every word of this magical adventure with Junie Pie! I can’t wait to share this one with my students!!
Lisa Schmid
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Turning twelve is supposed to be fun, but for June, the party is over when she learns her parents are getting a divorce. Crushed, she is determined to make things right. With the help of a magical computer, June enlists the aid of her past and future selves to help get her parents back together.

Magical mischief and mayhem soon follow. But sometimes even magic can't fix what's broken, and June learns to accept change with an open heart.

Kim Ventrella weaves a well-crafted tale that is engaging a
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KIM VENTRELLA is the author of several books for middle grade readers, including THE SECRET LIFE OF SAM (HarperCollins), HELLO FUTURE ME, BONE HOLLOW and SKELETON TREE (Scholastic). Her works explore difficult topics with big doses of humor, whimsy and hope. Her most recent middle grade novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF SAM, was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2020. BONE HOLLOW was chosen as a ...more

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