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The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  223 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Aphrodite Wigglesmith is a thirteen-year-old prodigy. After a fast track through Harvard, she's back at her old middle school to teach remedial math and prove a bold theory: anyone can be a genius with the right instruction. Enter Mindy, a ditzy baton twirler who knows more about hair roots than square roots. What could she possibly learn from such a frumpy nerd, except ma ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 18th 2011 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Katie Fitzgerald
At thirteen, math prodigy Aphrodite Wigglesmith has already completed her college education at Harvard. Now Harvard has sent her to teach remedial math at a public middle school to try and prove her theory that anyone can be good at math, given the proper type of instruction. Mindy Loft, whose best talent is baton twirling, is a student in Professor Wigglesmith's math class, but she doubts she will be able to learn anything from the dowdy and nerdy Aphrodite. Over time, though, the girls realize ...more
Addison Children's Services
Aphrodite is a genius. At 13 she is completing her doctorate at Havard when she takes time out to teach remedial math at her own middle school. She is trying to prove that anyone can be a math wiz. (And she does prove this, although I still have serious reservations about the premise.) Meanwhile, Aphrodite makes friends for the first time with a girl her own age and learns to be a 13 year-old. After the first day the 13 year-old substitute teacher did a great job of teaching and maintaining orde ...more
Kathy Temean
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Besides being a wonderful story, this book is hysterical - so much fun. I know it is a middle grade book, but adults will love it, too. Need a laugh - get this book.
Lisa Nocita
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 10-11 year olds
Syrupy sweet and utterly predictable, The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius, is the tale of a thirteen year old prodigy, who, having completed her master's degree at Harvard, has returned to her former middle school to pursue research on a theory she has that anyone, no everyone, can be a math wiz. Not a math whiz, but a math wiz. I guess short for wizard. So, Aphrodite "Dytee" Wigglesworth (one of the worst character names ever!)takes on teaching a group of her less nimble minded eight ...more
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius is about main characters Aphrodite Wigglesmith and Mindy Loft. Aphrodite is the Harvard grad. at the age of thirteen who decides to teach remedial math at her former middle school. Mindy's main ambition in life is to twirl her way to a win at the Twirlcrazy Grand Championships. Written in alternating chapters between the beauty and the brains this story is more about friendship and how it is important to not judge by exteriors. A middle grade story wit ...more
Dawn Moore
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the beginning of my review
It's a really cute children's book, or perfect pick-me-up for any age if you've just read a depressing book. It's heartfelt, sweet, and very funny, and I empathized a lot with the school-oriented girl, like a lot.
My only issue is that Aphrodite is the one who's amazing at school and lacking in fashion sense when the other girl who cares more about her looks and knows how to dress should be the one named after the goddess of love. This bugged be the entire time I read it, but I was more amused th
Becky Shattuck
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
The best part about this book is how the author didn't write all the kids as stereotypes. It also had a good friendship theme.

It just wasn't a very good story. A lot of it is ridiculous, and all of it is predictable (of course the baton competitor would have her competition date changed to the same date as the math competition!). Even the math isn't any good. For example, the amazing math the teenage genius does is quickly calculating the wind speed before she throws a baton in the air. What?

Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was surprisingly cute! I received an advance reader's copy from a local bookstore and almost did not read this one due to the demeaning title. As an adult with many college courses on gender (roles, disparity, portrayal in media), the cover completely turned me off. However, I read everything I can and this was just sitting in my living room, so I picked it up, and I was happily surprised. The two main characters are fun and well-formed. Highly recommended for girls ages 8-12. Unfortun ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cool book! There was a missed comma on page 37, paragraph 3. It says: "Hermy laughed so hard squash came out of his nose." There is no comma between "hard" and "squash", so what this is saying is that Hermy laughed, and then HARD squash came out of his nose. If the sentence was like this: "Hermy laughed so hard, squash came out of his nose." then that would mean he laughed really hard, which made squash come out of his nose.
Sonia and Julia
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(this review tells you about the book so if you do not want to know just don't read)
this book is about two girls who are thirteen and one graduated Harvard and is now teach a remedial math class and the other girl is in the class and is bad at math. So the genius has a theory that anyone can become a math genius and she proves this right in this book.
Emma Xoxo
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It showed that people can be math wiz's and they shouldn't be treated like "boneheads". I'm not sure what happened to Aphrodite could really happen in real life, but it was very nice to read about. The classes determination without Ms.Wigglesmith really amazed me and made me emotional. I rate this book 5 stars. ***** . -Signing off, Emma XoXo
Joelle Anthony
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved this book. And I think lots of ten and eleven year old girls would find it really fun. Maybe even a bit older. It's a great premise and a quick read with fun characters. I will be looking for more by this author.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Do you struggle with math? Or maybe another subject in school? This book does a great job of showing that even smart kids need a little extra (or just different) help sometimes. It also shows that being a genius in one thing doesn't mean you don't have a lot to learn about something else.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this book with my Book Buddy. It was very cute and clever! Witty and very age appropriate (she's 13). Would recommend this to every 13 year old girl! A great story about friendship.
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-read
Cute kids book, something light to read when I was indisposed. No surprises, but definitely likeable characters.
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Despite the fact that this is tween lit with a moral you can see coming a mile away, I rather liked it. 3.5
Sep 14, 2011 added it
Janis is a topnotch m-g author. it is a surprising rarity, surprising it is a rarity. we have ALWAYS been hungry for m-g books, ever since i started in the biz in '83. the one constant.
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
for middle school girls
Nija Johnson
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 20, 2014 marked it as to-read
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Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Another for the math extra credit project. About a teen who has finished college while still w kid and comes back to substitute teach a 7th grade math class. Cute book for girls.
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Janice Repka has taught at Point Park.
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly, I liked Mindy's chapters better than Dytee's. I don't like that nickname by the way. I won't spoil the book, but the ending was sweet.
Mary Ann
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fun middle school girl read. I recommend it.
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
It was a fun, fast, light read. It didn't take itself too seriously and I could pick it up and put it down when I needed.
Leslie Barberie Blount
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A cute coming of age book for smart girls. It is hard being a genius, but Aphrodite learns a lot when she goes back to her middle school after attending Harvard.
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cute story - one of Rylee's books
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In addition to her writing career, Janice Repka has been a teacher and a lawyer. Her first book, The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco, won the Nebraska Golden Sower Award and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. She has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania as well as Master's degrees in English and Creative Writing from McNeese State University. She is a mother of four and a teaches writin ...more
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