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Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,101 ratings  ·  266 reviews

Loveable thirteen-year-old geek Milo Cruikshank finds reasons for frustrations at every turn, like the way his neighbor carves her pumpkin way too early to last until Halloween, or the fact that Summer Goodman won’t look twice at him while Hillary Alpert keeps leaving notes in his locker. The truth is, ever since Milo’s mother died, nothing has gone right. Now, instead of
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Aladdin
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May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“It’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid if the mom died.” BAM! Now that’s grabby, ain’t it? If I were a Hollywood executive I suppose that might be how I’d sell Alan Silberberg’s newest novel about a boy and his issues. It’s not how I’d sell it to an actual kid, though. Alan Silberberg has managed something that I would have deemed near impossible. He’s penned a funny novel that deals with the very real issue of how a family copes when one of its family members passes on and he's done it with a combo of art ...more
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I kind of started weeping on the train while reading this. Luckily, I live close enough to the end of the line that there weren't many people sitting around me.

Because being the new kid in middle school isn't bad enough, Milo also has to deal with the death of his mother. There are times that it's familiar and witty, the trials of being in middle school, and times you don't want to revisit if you've ever suffered the loss of a loved one. He tries to cope with his loss and be a "normal" kid,
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry. Five times.

It is very real, and the characters are real, too. It isn't one of those books that just throws sad situations at you and expects you to cry, but it actually adds in a ton of emotion and depth into it.

I don't really have much of anything else to say... When I saw the cover(s) of this book, I thought that it would be a funny book, not one that would make me cry. (Five times.) This book must have been one of the biggest 'don't judge a book by its cover' lessons
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Milo Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze is a very nice book it talks about a boy that is around 12 years old and has just moved into a new house and a new school.
I enjoyed this book a lot because it made me laugh, but also made me cry and it is very nicely written.
It’s a very sentimental book because after three chapters we understand that Milo’s mom died not to long ago so in some passages he remembers some moments that he spent with his mom and it is so well written that the author makes you feel
Paul  Hankins
I'm so happy to have picked up Milo today. It's been on the shelf for sometime with the recommendation of some Centurion friends at Facebook. And then, Alan posted a comment on a thread I was working on over at Facebook and I thought. . .I am going to read that book today.

Sometimes, in the all of the darkness and grief cited by those looking into the MG/YA fishbowl, something gets missed. There is a lot of hurt piled upon the awkwardness that is the MG years (let's sit down sometime and I will
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Stacey Cross
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Being a new student once again, at a new school and as a 7th grader, is causing Milo to question everything he knows to be true. One thing he knows for sure is that HE LOVES a girl named Summer and he really misses his mom. Milo has been through a lot in his short 13 years and lives in a constant 'fog' which affects almost everything he does. He is unsure about a lot of things, the most important being his relationship with his dad. Milo is a hilarious character with an amazing creative spirit( ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
Milo has all the typical middle school problems - he's the new kid at school, he has an odd name (Milo Cruikshank), he has a secret crush on a girl who doesn't even speak to him, he's failing math and has to have tutoring sessions 2 afternoons a week, and he and his friend Marshall can't beat Warfighter 4 on the XBox. So, as you begin reading, you think this will be another story written as journal entries about funny things that happen to the main character. But as you read, you find out that ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I picked this up expecting a light Diary of a Wimpy Kid-type read. It's true that there were funny comic-type illustrations throughout this book about a middle school boy who is a few rungs down on the social ladder, but that's about where the similarity ends. Don't get me wrong--I love Wimpy Kid--but there's about as much depth to those books as the kiddie wading pool at the park. For Milo, though, you better be prepared with some diving gear. There's no shortage of books out there on children ...more
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
12 year-old Milo Cruikshank has a lot to deal with. He’s just moved into a new house in a new town – the 5th placed he’s lived- the girl he has a crush on doesn’t know he exists, yet Hillary keeps leaving annoying notes in his locker; and the weird old lady across the street keeps waving at him. But the biggest issue Milo has to deal with is the fact that his mom died two years ago. And that’s changed everything at home, with Milo’s family, and in himself. Silberberg handles this heavy topic ...more
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4th-grade
Well...that was a complete shock! I don't read the inside of the book, so I usually go in blind. Judging by the cover, I expected this to be a fun, funny book...and it was with a lot of feels. Milo made me tear up more than once. I did not realize that this book was going to be about a boy trying to cope with the death of his mother. It's done is such a sweet, funny, and very touching way. I honestly think this book would be good for anyone coping with grief. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you flip through the pages of this book or even just glance at the cover, you'll think this is just another Diary of a Wimpy Kid kind of read. BUT they don't say not to judge a book by it's cover for nothin'!

MILO is a deceptively simple and light-hearted book that actually will make you weep (yes, weep-- not shed a tear or two) and the simple writing still manages to break your heart and rip it to shreds.

I LOVED this book. I loved Milo and Marshal and Hillary. Well done, Alan Silberberg!
Roger Eschbacher
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze" chronicles 13-yr-old Milo Cruikshank's struggle to clear the fog and get his life back on track after his mom dies. Author Silberberg does a great job balancing the weight of a life-changing tragedy with an uplifting, comedic tone that keeps the reader moving along and rooting for Milo. The illustrations are charming and add greatly to the overall comedy and hopeful feeling of the book. Highly recommended.
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I laughed through the first chapter and cried through the second. Great book!
I stumbled on this book looking for high-lexile, middle school accessible realistic fiction for our literature circles and I'm so glad I did. What a great little book this is. Milo is a totally relatable character who is navigating the world of moving and making new friends. Oh and he's dealing with the loss of his mother. Milo goes on a journey to find his true friends and let them help him discover ways to "lift the fog" of grief.
It was heartbreakingly real and manages to be hilarious at the
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Milo by Alan Silberberg is an okay story. It was hard for me to relate to. In the text Milo talks a lot about his Mother that is dead. I have never lost somebody who was extremely close to me like that. Also during the text he talks about how his dad had change which I don’t understand where he is coming from. While reading this book I felt very sad but eager to read more. I recommend this to anybody who has a lost a loved one.

Thomas Flynn
Oct 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
To be honest it was just a random book I picked of the shelf. Its starts with a 7th grade boy named Milo who recently lost his mother and moved away from his fourth home.. Trying to navigate a whole new school with the demons of one less family member, he finds two friends who stay with him through the year.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, owned
This is a great book that made me laugh and almost tear up at parts. The main character, Milo, was way more likeable than the main character in Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Any objectional content? Very young children may find the death of Milo's mother too sad. It's mentioned often throughout the book.
Monica Purwanti
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is dead funny in some places and downright sad that made me actually sob in other places. It’s about dealing with loss, changes, and great friendships. The title however, is like a work in progress. It’s like an after thought which could have been better. Love the book but not the title.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A book about loss, grief and learning to continue with life after the loss of a loved one. Written through the eyes of a 13 year old. The book is poignant and endearing and brings a lump to the throat at many points.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love how the author used humor and cartoons to tell this story. This book is quite touching at times.
Diane Lynne
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-school
A very sweet and touching book about a boy's grief and how his friends help him through it. So adorable, funny and sad at times. Lots of cartoon illustrations to appeal to middle school kids.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautiful and one of the best I’ve ever read. I’m so grateful I found it during a library perusal.
Hannah S.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good. Parts were a bit depressing, but they were balanced out by other humorous parts.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed Milo. When I first saw it, I thought it was going to be another poor attempt at imitating the success of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Although similar in visual style and in the genuineness of the narrator's voice, Milo stands on its own as a remarkable addition to this year's Lovelace Nominees.

Milo is in love with a girl at his school--although they have never even spoken and she has no idea who he is. Having moved multiple times in the last couple years Milo is
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Book talk: Milo has become pretty good at moving. So when he moves to his 5th house in 13 years he knows the drill of being a new kid and is hoping just to make it through the year alive. There are some good things about his new school, like the gorgeous Summer Goodman and his new friend Marshall aka One-Eyed Jack. But there are also some set backs, like the fact that Summer Goodman doesn't even know he exists while his loser neighbor Hillary keep putting notes in his locker. Sometimes Milo just ...more
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j, voice, life
Dabney St. Claire is mysterious, smart, and popular without even trying. I talk to him out loud sometimes, but mostly he's just in my head, along for the ride, telling me how he'd do what I'm doing, only without doing it so wrong. . . .

See that? Dabney St. Claire whispers to me, and I have to ask him to speak up because the music got even louder. She's making conversation. That's what you do at parties.

I never thought of conversation as something you have to "make," which maybe explains why
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Superficially, it's be easy to dismiss "Milo" as a "Wimpy Kid" knock-off. Both books feature first-person narration by a protagonist who is down on their luck when it comes to social skills and who use cartoons to illustrate their points and tell their story.

To do that would be to sell "Milo" short in a lot of ways.

Milo has just moved into the fifth house he's ever lived and is starting a new school. The move came after Milo's mother passed away and his family has been in a "fog" ever since. On
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, fiction
This review may be very similar to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, because I loved both books for similar reasons. This one is definitely sadder, though (The Strange Case of Origami Yoda isn't sad at all), because Milo, the titular narrator, has lost his mother two years ago. Other than that, he's a very normal (albeit nerdy) seventh-grader. He has one best friend, one overly friendly female neighbor, and one HUGE crush on the class hottie, Summer Goodman (who is actually a total jerk, but, ...more
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