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The co-author of Watch Us Rise pens a novel in verse about all the good and bad that comes with middle school, growing up girl, and the strength of family that gets you through it.



Beatrice Miller may have a granny's name (her granny's, to be more specific), but she adores her Mamaw and her mom, who give her every bit of wisdom and love they have. But the summer before seve
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 23rd 2021 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Darla
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, verse
Really loved Beatrice and the multi-generational relationships. She also had really good friends who had established themselves as being in her corner in definitive ways. The cover is gorgeous and inviting--representative of the content. What I did not like was the excessive use of ampersands for most, but not all, of the times 'and' would be used. Sometimes it was stylistically interesting. The rest of the time it was just annoying. This would be a really nice mother-daughter read so that some ...more
Lindsey Stoddard
Pitch perfect middle grade. Loved the intergenerational household, the southern culture, and food... and the thoughtful descriptions of bodies, celebration, and not holding back.
Jennifer Hottinger
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful middle grade novel in verse! Beatrice is navigating wanting to grow up quickly, while wanting to savor childhood, and finding balance. 7th grade is going to be different and she feels she should look more grown up, act more grown up, but does she really want to be more grown up? I love the unity and family support of her mom and Mamaw:).
Ms. Yingling
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
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In this novel in verse, Bea lives in Bardstown, Kentucky with her mother and Mamaw. Her father passed away before she was born, but she has plenty of support. She is going into seventh grade soon, and navigating this change in her life with her friends Mariella (who is Latinx) and StaceyAnn (whose father is black and whose mother is white). She participates on the swim team, but spends most of her time pondering important adolescent questions like whether she shou
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Cam Kovach
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book grew on me. It's written in verse, and it's targeted at a middle-grade audience -- two factors that don't typically appeal. What did appeal was the intriguing title -- what girl (or woman) doesn't long to be a reckless, glorious, girl?? Beatrice lives with her mother and grandmother in Kentucky, and takes place in the summer before seventh grade. The book comprises the contents of her journal. Although Beatrice is the main character, her grandmother and mother come alive through the pa ...more
Tina Athaide
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hagan delivers a well-rounded, delicate, and important story without sacrificing any heart. Set in the American South, Beatrice Miller navigates the uncertain world of middle grade friendships, puberty, and those all encompassing questions: Who am I? Who will I become? Written in verse with rich and vivid descriptions, "Reckless, Glorious, Girl", is an engrossing and timely coming-of-age story.

The format of the book is great for all readers, even reluctant readers, and offers middle graders the
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Melissa
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Bea reminds me of one of my daughters -- struggling with wanting to be more grown up, but also looking back at her childhood with a little bit of longing. The transition from girl to young woman is difficult and confusing, and I appreciate that this book didn't shy away from things we went through: crushes, bullying/mean girl interactions, being embarrassed of our families, wishing we had more. I thought this one worked well in verse, as Bea makes her way through a tumultuous season in life.

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Ann
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an incredibly beautiful, gentle and pure book about growing up in lower/middle class, southern America. Beatrice is a 12 year old "everygirl", with all the hormones, emotions and insecurities that come at that age. As luck would have it for this precious girl, family, friends, community and love allow her to overcome her doubts, securing her place in the world. Beatrice teaches us all, young as well as young-at-heart, that surrounding oneself with love, family and true friendship is the gre ...more
Lysette H
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Reckless, Glorious, Girl is written in verse and follows Beatrice from her summer before 7th grade through New Years as she navigates the anxiety of middle school, turning 13, and who she is. The characters are richly drawn and the vivid descriptions transported me back to middle school. I can't say I loved each chapter, as soon seemed unnecessary filler, but the overall approach was interesting and I enjoyed the read overall. My favorite sentences, which seemed to encapsulate the entire book, w ...more
Emilee (emileereadsbooks)
Thanks for the gifted book Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing.

This is a coming of age novel written in verse in which Bea wrestles with being "not a girl, and not yet a woman" (name that tune!). This book touches on crushes, family relationships, mean girls, puberty, dealing with embarrassment, and all the other things girls experience as they come into who they are. I think the novel in verse form worked well for this one because you got to explore Bea's inner thoughts.
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Kirsti Call
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reckless, glorious, novel in verse! Bea is an authentic middle school girl whose inner struggles will resonate with any tween or teen. This book explores themes of death, single motherhood, crushes, popularity, family, loyalty, friendship, forgiveness, confidence and coming of age.
Jennifer Halbur
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Absolutely perfect book for those transitioning from elementary school to middle school. Beautiful cover, beautiful words.
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Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer, and educator. She is the author of two poetry collections: Crowned and Hemisphere, and Watch Us Rise, a YA collaboration with Renée Watson from Bloomsbury. Ellen's poems and essays can be found on ESPNW, in the pages of Creative Nonfiction, Underwired Magazine, She Walks in Beauty (edited by Caroline Kennedy), Huizache, Small Batch, and Southern Sin. Ellen's per ...more

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