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What a great book!! Witty -- and a real "page turner", in addition to having a great message for everyone: to love yourself for who you are. I enjoyed reading it myself before giving it to my 14 year old niece, who is now enjoying it. Revenge of the Red Club (almost) makes me wish I were a middle schooler again!!
This review is from a 12 year old. No wonder there are only 5 star ratings for this book! I read many books, and this is one of my all time favorites! Its very informational and the plot is so entertaining. 10 out of 10!! I'd say this book is good for ages 10-13. Hope this review helped!
Riley has always had a way with words, she uses them to get her point across. In Riley’s school, The Red Club, has been meeting for years, but this year it’s under attack. This challenge was just the first of many that were revealed and challenged under the roof of Riley’s middle school. Riley and her friends want an equal playing field, they have excellent points to back themselves up, so watch out Hawking Middle School, the battle has just begun.
I enjoyed how this middle school book addressed a variety of controversial and important issues. The Red Club is a long-standing club at this school yet this year, it’s coming under fire. The club is for girls who have started their menstrual cycle. If you haven’t experienced “Aunt Flo,” you can’t be a member of the Red Club. There are positives and negatives to being a member of the club and as the students respond to the club and its members, I learned what some of these reasons were. The book centers around this club but the book also addresses bullying, double standards, dress-code, self-absorbed individuals, pressure, communication, family, and friendship. I know, it’s quite a list.
One day, Riley offered some female help to Julia. Being new to the school, Riley then told Julia about the Red Club, who seemed excited about it. Yet, Julia informed Riley later her mother didn’t like the idea of the club therefor she wouldn’t be attending the meetings. What? Why is that?
It isn’t long before the principal closes down the club which ticks off the members. Some of the girls still decide to meet off-site (love this!). Riley, an excellent investigative reporter for the school’s newspaper wants to investigate but, the newspaper is now shut down. What!? Riley is good at exposing the truth, her articles have raised a few eyebrows including the principals. What can Riley do now? It’s time for the girls to unite.
This wasn’t a female vs. male book, rather it shows the perception of issues. There were some males who understood what Riley’s and her friends were saying and stood with them as they faced their opponents.
It thought it was a great read and I only had one issue with the book. When Riley talks with her mom, I had an issue with that scene. It’s definitely a terrific middle school read. 4.5 stars
Fantastic!! I loved everything about this - the girl power, we're-not-going-to-take-it-anymore story and the excellent characters (both female AND male, and kids as well as adults) as well as the many messages (let's normalize periods, let's consider the messages dress codes send to kids, giving teens a voice in the things that impact their daily lives, etc.). I can't recommend this highly enough! I wish there had been some additional notes for readers about how to start their own Red Club, as well as some of Riley's articles/essays - that would have been this even better.
I loved this book. It's an important read for the feminist tones but also for finding your voice. I love how Riley's relationship with her mother developed. I enjoyed their family nightly tradition. I love how the girls and the boys came together to talk about the problems at school. I wish there was a Red Club when I was in school because the idea is amazing. I hope that girls reading this book form a club of their own. I love that periods and mensuration are normalized in this book. I loved the ending.
Tackles many issues that middle school girls face, and does so in a positive and empowering way. Here's hoping this book inspires a Red Club at every middle school. And parents-- this is a must-read for you, too!