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Olive, meet Natasha. There’s a new kid in town! From the moment Natasha sets foot in class, it’s clear she’s one of the coolest kids in sixth grade. Everyone wants to be her friend, including Olive . . . but things might not be so easy. Olive tries her best to befriend Nat, but it seems like the only thing they have in common is that they both want to hang out with Olive’s f Olive, meet Natasha. There’s a new kid in town! From the moment Natasha sets foot in class, it’s clear she’s one of the coolest kids in sixth grade. Everyone wants to be her friend, including Olive . . . but things might not be so easy. Olive tries her best to befriend Nat, but it seems like the only thing they have in common is that they both want to hang out with Olive’s friends! Watching as Natasha gets closer with some of her best buds, Olive can’t help but worry that they’re starting to like Nat more than they like her . . .  and who could blame them? Nat is just that cool . . . and Olive is, well, just Olive.


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Olive, meet Natasha. There’s a new kid in town! From the moment Natasha sets foot in class, it’s clear she’s one of the coolest kids in sixth grade. Everyone wants to be her friend, including Olive . . . but things might not be so easy. Olive tries her best to befriend Nat, but it seems like the only thing they have in common is that they both want to hang out with Olive’s f Olive, meet Natasha. There’s a new kid in town! From the moment Natasha sets foot in class, it’s clear she’s one of the coolest kids in sixth grade. Everyone wants to be her friend, including Olive . . . but things might not be so easy. Olive tries her best to befriend Nat, but it seems like the only thing they have in common is that they both want to hang out with Olive’s friends! Watching as Natasha gets closer with some of her best buds, Olive can’t help but worry that they’re starting to like Nat more than they like her . . .  and who could blame them? Nat is just that cool . . . and Olive is, well, just Olive.

30 review for Clash

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Watch out, Olive Branche! The new girl in class is coming after you in full Single White Female and Mean Girls mode! You gonna extend your namesake branch or flip it and put the business end to use? Mild but enjoyable middle school drama from a series that is pretty consistently good.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peoria Public Library

    Katy rated it 4 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Wow. I have to say that this was a well done book and touches on something I think many people, young and old, find challenging, namely when someone just doesn't want to be your friend. Despite everything Olive does, Nat just isn't interested. And I genuinely disliked Nat from start to finish because of how she treats Olive. She was never able to reciprocate in a way that was comparable to Olive even at the end. I liked how Olive's mom and aunt debated the two ways to play it out at the dinner t Wow. I have to say that this was a well done book and touches on something I think many people, young and old, find challenging, namely when someone just doesn't want to be your friend. Despite everything Olive does, Nat just isn't interested. And I genuinely disliked Nat from start to finish because of how she treats Olive. She was never able to reciprocate in a way that was comparable to Olive even at the end. I liked how Olive's mom and aunt debated the two ways to play it out at the dinner table. I sided with her aunt all the way, but I could also see what her mom was striving for. In the end, there's a good lesson. And Olive has grown through all the books into someone who is genuinely a likeable character.

  4. 4 out of 5

    books nraedunn

    The ending is amazing. My daughter got to learn the lesson that not everyone has to be liked or a friend as long there is mutual respect.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    3.5 Stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This series is a perfect Raina Telgemeier read-a-like, and one that I would pick up before some of the others on that list. Olive is such a relatable, easy going, friendly kid, and the topics that Miller picks to address, and how she attacks them really lends itself to a positive learning experience for the reader. In Clash, people person Olive has her positivity tested when new girl Natasha arrives and becomes friends with all of Olive's friends, while leaving Olive out. Trying everything from This series is a perfect Raina Telgemeier read-a-like, and one that I would pick up before some of the others on that list. Olive is such a relatable, easy going, friendly kid, and the topics that Miller picks to address, and how she attacks them really lends itself to a positive learning experience for the reader. In Clash, people person Olive has her positivity tested when new girl Natasha arrives and becomes friends with all of Olive's friends, while leaving Olive out. Trying everything from inviting Nat to dinner with her friends, to watching a show Nat talks about with others, Olive is at a loss for what to do. Conflicting advice from her mom and her aunt only leaves Olive more confused. Can Olive find some common ground and become friends with Natasha? Or will Natasha's presence fracture Olive's friendships down the middle?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan Mann

    Ugh, I just love these books SO MUCH. And this one was another great example of WHY I love them so much! You should never let someone just talk to or treat you however they want to because of whatever they’re dealing with. That’s not fair! You can’t let that behavior continue. You have to stand up for yourself!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (FabBookReviews)

    “So, what? If someone doesn’t like you instantly, that’s it?” “That’s not what I’m saying, Lucy. I just don’t think that it’s healthy to worry so much about making other people like you”- Clash (Click #4) by Kayla Miller The fourth entry in the popular and bestselling middle grade graphic novel series by Kayla Miller, Clash follows protagonist Olive as she and her school friends welcome a new kid into their fold. From previous novels, readers know and love Olive as the kid who is friendly and fr “So, what? If someone doesn’t like you instantly, that’s it?” “That’s not what I’m saying, Lucy. I just don’t think that it’s healthy to worry so much about making other people like you”- Clash (Click #4) by Kayla Miller The fourth entry in the popular and bestselling middle grade graphic novel series by Kayla Miller, Clash follows protagonist Olive as she and her school friends welcome a new kid into their fold. From previous novels, readers know and love Olive as the kid who is friendly and friends with everyone. In Click, we met Olive as she was trying to figure out her niche and wondering where or how exactly she fit in at school; in Camp, Olive found herself opening up to the possibilities of more friends and new interests (and at odds with her more reticent friend Willow!); and Act sees student council and school politics at the forefront when Olive goes up against friends Trent and Sawyer during a school election. Now, in Clash, Olive finds herself struggling and worrying as a new, seemingly cool and sophisticated sixth-grader named Natasha just…doesn’t seem to like Olive. “I was just thinking about Nat…it’s not like she’s being really mean to me or anything, but I get the feeling…I dunno…that she doesn’t like me?” While Olive does her best to welcome Nat to the school, show her the ropes, and introduce her to all of her friends, Nat seems strangely detached. By asking Olive whether she’s a cheerleader or dating Trent, Nat finds out that Olive is actually friendly with just about everyone- and everyone likes and respects Olive back! As days go by, however, small and hurtful things Nat does push Olive the wrong way: after a volleyball incident in gym class, a lie about hanging out, and belittling Olive’s love of the supposedly juvenile Teen Swamp Creature television series, Olive starts to wonder…What do you do when you think someone doesn’t like you- no matter what you do? A climactic moment and reveals during a Halloween party are so well done, and Miller brings the story to an insightful finale. A thoughtful and heartwarming dive into friendship and all the uncertainties, highs and lows it can bring; as well as touching upon emotions of jealousy and loneliness, Clash is an excellent series entry, likely to be hugely resonant with readers. In an already-fantastic middle grade series, Clash might just be the strongest entry yet and I cannot wait to see where author and illustrator Kayla Miller goes next with Olive’s story. Readers can also look forward to a new graphic novel called Besties: Work It Out, starring Olive’s friends Chanda and Beth. Besties: Work It Out, written by Kayla Miller and Jeffrey Canino, illustrated by Kristina Luu, is set to release in October 2021. Clash’s Extra Credits: Lettering by Micah Myers, Colour by Jess Lome. I received a copy of this title courtesy of Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Binxie

    I love Olive, her family and her friends. When a new student joins her class, Olive offers to show her around and make her feel welcome. But, Nat isn't really interested in being friends with Olive. Miller, in her recognizable style, has created a story about real life. As Miller says in an interview, she wanted to write how Olive handles a difficult situation much better than Miller did as a kid. I can totally identify with Miller. This is an excellent addition to Olive's story. Can't wait to r I love Olive, her family and her friends. When a new student joins her class, Olive offers to show her around and make her feel welcome. But, Nat isn't really interested in being friends with Olive. Miller, in her recognizable style, has created a story about real life. As Miller says in an interview, she wanted to write how Olive handles a difficult situation much better than Miller did as a kid. I can totally identify with Miller. This is an excellent addition to Olive's story. Can't wait to read more about her.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    Mean girls are the worst, but Olive nails it in Kayla Miller's fourth graphic novel following Click, Camp, and Act. I love the way the bullying is handled - and readers of all ages will relate with those icky feelings of being left out and mistreated - but then will also see that it's important to figure out where that mean kid attitude is coming from, too! Fabulous book! Mean girls are the worst, but Olive nails it in Kayla Miller's fourth graphic novel following Click, Camp, and Act. I love the way the bullying is handled - and readers of all ages will relate with those icky feelings of being left out and mistreated - but then will also see that it's important to figure out where that mean kid attitude is coming from, too! Fabulous book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annie Ryan

    Olive is back in this middle grade graphic novel! In this one, Olive meets a mean girl and struggles with trying to be the better person by being a good friend anyway. I like that this a real situation kids could be in and learn from regarding friendship and kindness, but also not letting others take advantage of you.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Campbell

    It was not my favorite but it was a good book to read if you needed a break from a long book because it only took me about a hour to read,overall it was pretty good.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    Yuck, mean girl drama! But yay, I love the way Olive handles it! Another great addition to the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This is yet another good addition to the series. Nat is a new girl at school and Olive tries to make friends but their personalities clash. Nat uses a series of what feels like micro aggressions to make Olive feel bad about herself and her interests. Thankfully Olive has a good support network.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is the fourth book in the series, and this one is just about my favorite along with Act. In this one we have a new girl, and Olive is asked to show her around. This new girl, Natasha, is so cool, she has lived in London, and knows all these things about Europe, and is just so much more sophisticated than any one else at the school. She wants to be the center of attention, and doesn't like it that Olive is often in that place. The thing about Olive is she has lots of friends in different grou This is the fourth book in the series, and this one is just about my favorite along with Act. In this one we have a new girl, and Olive is asked to show her around. This new girl, Natasha, is so cool, she has lived in London, and knows all these things about Europe, and is just so much more sophisticated than any one else at the school. She wants to be the center of attention, and doesn't like it that Olive is often in that place. The thing about Olive is she has lots of friends in different groups. As we saw in the first book, Click, one of the first things Olive learns about middle school is you don't have to be in just one group. She is friends with gaming kids. She is friends with political kids, and she is friends with sports kids, and that is ok. You don’t have to have read the other books in the series to get what is going on here. We have a classic mean girl, and you can see her scheming. But Kayla writes with heart, and shows that it isn’t all black and white, because life just isn’t. Great middle grade graphic novel. I love how Olive’s aunt tells her to just ignore Natasha, and her mother says to just be her friend. You’ll have to read the book to see the solution that Olive ended up with.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    2.5 but I'm rounding up because I'm a jaded adult and I'm pretty sure that's coloring my feelings about this book. Pros: I love that there were multiple approaches presented to Liv on how to deal with bullying. I did like that the was some "what's the other half of the story," included. Cons: These are a bit more spoiler-y... (view spoiler)[ I did not like that aunt's opinion was dismissed, or that when liv did try to talk to people, she her concerns were downplayed. I did not like that even whe 2.5 but I'm rounding up because I'm a jaded adult and I'm pretty sure that's coloring my feelings about this book. Pros: I love that there were multiple approaches presented to Liv on how to deal with bullying. I did like that the was some "what's the other half of the story," included. Cons: These are a bit more spoiler-y... (view spoiler)[ I did not like that aunt's opinion was dismissed, or that when liv did try to talk to people, she her concerns were downplayed. I did not like that even when we learned the Nat had stuff in her personal life, she was basically given a free pass on her behavior. Just cause you're having a tough time, doesn't mean you have a right to give other a rough time. Not cool. I think this issue could have been addressed with a simple line about theory or counseling, "I'm talking to someone now and it's helping. I'm sorry I was such a pain..." Something as simple as that could have addressed the help that Nat clearly needed, while also setting the example that its ok to talk to someone or seek professional help... I just did not like that Nat is given a free pass because of her home life.... *grumbles* (hide spoiler)]

  17. 4 out of 5

    Faith Rice-Mills

    Kayla Miller nails middle school once again!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Graphic Novel Readers connect with Olive and her friends for the fourth book in this series. A new girl arrives in their class and Olive volunteers to show her around. From the start, readers see Natalie judging Olive and trying to make herself feel better with subtle put downs. She works hard to connect with the popular kids and mocks Olive continually. Olive is discouraged and readers see this too. She gets advice from mom and her aunt. They offer two distinct strategies and Olive struggles to Graphic Novel Readers connect with Olive and her friends for the fourth book in this series. A new girl arrives in their class and Olive volunteers to show her around. From the start, readers see Natalie judging Olive and trying to make herself feel better with subtle put downs. She works hard to connect with the popular kids and mocks Olive continually. Olive is discouraged and readers see this too. She gets advice from mom and her aunt. They offer two distinct strategies and Olive struggles to decide which to use. She continues reaching out to Nat but is rebuffed. She also doesn't see that her friends are still there. Finally, at a Halloween party she throws for the class, Natalie does something that lets others see what she has been doing. Olive also stands up for herself and her mom supports her. The book could have ended here but Miller takes readers further to show that though people may never be friends, they can be in the same groups and interact with kindness. Kudos to Miller for showing the subtle ways middle graders target someone to boost themselves. Readers will see themselves, and, hopefully, learn from what they've read along with being entertained.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ian Hrabe

    Ah yes, here's another chance for me to write about how Kayla Miller continues to support my "If you like Raina Telgemeier, you'll love Kayla Miller" reader's advisory. She's just so, so, so very good as an artist and storyteller. We have reached the point where the new book in the Click series came in and I told Rosie that we were going to read it all in one sitting. Did that mean staying up a little too far past bedtime? Yeah. But did we have a lot of fun reading it and talking about the thema Ah yes, here's another chance for me to write about how Kayla Miller continues to support my "If you like Raina Telgemeier, you'll love Kayla Miller" reader's advisory. She's just so, so, so very good as an artist and storyteller. We have reached the point where the new book in the Click series came in and I told Rosie that we were going to read it all in one sitting. Did that mean staying up a little too far past bedtime? Yeah. But did we have a lot of fun reading it and talking about the thematic content? Yeah. Clash is about what happens when you try to be friends with someone but they don't want to be friends with you (and subsequently treat you like garbage). Considering Rosie had a kid like that in her class last year, this one hit really close to home, and it was awesome to see that kind of story told. I mean, that's something we can all relate to. Most importantly it shows that you don't have to be friends with everyone! Sometimes you clash with someone else so much that the best you can do is reach some sort of understanding about civility, and that's a hard truth that Kayla Miller elegantly makes a case for here.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    This was a wonderful addition to the Click series. In this book, Olive has trouble making friends with the new girl, Natasha. Olive is well liked by everyone in the class, but has trouble connecting with the new girl. It bothers her because she has been nice to her and doesn't understand why she doesn't seem to like her. It gets worse when she becomes friends with Olive's friends. Suddenly Olive is left feeling left out and upset. She starts to think they may like Natasha better than her! This is This was a wonderful addition to the Click series. In this book, Olive has trouble making friends with the new girl, Natasha. Olive is well liked by everyone in the class, but has trouble connecting with the new girl. It bothers her because she has been nice to her and doesn't understand why she doesn't seem to like her. It gets worse when she becomes friends with Olive's friends. Suddenly Olive is left feeling left out and upset. She starts to think they may like Natasha better than her! This is a common occurrence for middle school kids, when friendships are so tenuous. Personalities are changing and being popular sudden becomes so important. This book present an accurate description middle school friendships - and how challenging they can sometimes be. I loved that Olive was able to turn to her aunt and her mother and seek their advice. Olive is an extremely likable character, which made you dislike Natasha even more because of the way she treated her. I really enjoyed it and I think kids will love this book even if they haven't read the other books in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    My daughter read the book and loved it, this is her review: There’s a new girl named Natasha at Olive’s school, and it’s clear she’s totally cool and unique. So when Olive tries to hang out with Nat, it’s also clear Nat prefers hanging out with Olive’s friends. To make matters worse, it seems like Nat is trying to betray her on purpose! As Olive starts to feel more and more isolated, she tries to fit in as best she can, but why can’t they both be friends? And will Olive’s friends finally notice N My daughter read the book and loved it, this is her review: There’s a new girl named Natasha at Olive’s school, and it’s clear she’s totally cool and unique. So when Olive tries to hang out with Nat, it’s also clear Nat prefers hanging out with Olive’s friends. To make matters worse, it seems like Nat is trying to betray her on purpose! As Olive starts to feel more and more isolated, she tries to fit in as best she can, but why can’t they both be friends? And will Olive’s friends finally notice Nat’s jealousy and nastiness towards Olive? I love this book so much, so much drama and interesting things are put inside as well as amazing art. These are only a few reasons why I can’t stop reading this book, and I can’t wait for the next book. Olive’s life story is just so interesting. As mentioned before, the art and colors are adorable. I absolutely love the Click series! Recommended for anyone who loves friendship graphic novels as much as I do. I hope you enjoy reading about Olive’s struggles about keeping her friends, as well as making new ones.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    You don't often think about it, but dealing with people you don't necessarily get along with who are friends of friends is complicated. Much more complicated in school where social interactions are a bit more forced. Adults have it easier, as demonstrated by Olive's aunt. Adults have more control of their circumstances. But not kids. I'm crediting this book for approaching the topic but not exactly the representation of it. Later in the book it's shown that Nat, Olive's antagonist, isn't simply s You don't often think about it, but dealing with people you don't necessarily get along with who are friends of friends is complicated. Much more complicated in school where social interactions are a bit more forced. Adults have it easier, as demonstrated by Olive's aunt. Adults have more control of their circumstances. But not kids. I'm crediting this book for approaching the topic but not exactly the representation of it. Later in the book it's shown that Nat, Olive's antagonist, isn't simply someone Olive doesn't get on with. She's got more going on in her life. It adds a richness to her character but smooths the situation to some degree. It suggests that the two could possibly get along once Nat settles into her life and maybe receives some counseling. If those extenuating circumstances were not present, there could definitely be a deeper conversation about this topic. Aside from that, Kayla Miller's art remains fantastic as well as her pacing. They author's strengths continue to shine. I'm looking forward to the continuing adventures of Olive.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    It's funny how this series has quickly become a must-read, especially when I was so lukewarm about the first book. But I love it! The characters are great; I love Olive and how she's so likeable, her little brother is adorable, and her cool aunt Molly is - well, she's me. (Works in a library, check. Calls her niece and nephew "niblings", check. Super cool, super check. Hahaha.) The art is wonderful, I love how the characters all look, and the colouring is bright. Everything about these are great It's funny how this series has quickly become a must-read, especially when I was so lukewarm about the first book. But I love it! The characters are great; I love Olive and how she's so likeable, her little brother is adorable, and her cool aunt Molly is - well, she's me. (Works in a library, check. Calls her niece and nephew "niblings", check. Super cool, super check. Hahaha.) The art is wonderful, I love how the characters all look, and the colouring is bright. Everything about these are great. Except in this book, Nat isn't great. She sucks the big one, and that's how I know that I am super invested in this series because I hated her and everything she did and she doesn't deserve Olive's friendship or empathy or anything. Olive is too pure for this world, and Nat is a gnat.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ampersand Inc.

    Kayla Miller is a fan favourite publishing some of the best middle grade graphic novels. Clash is the fourth book in the Olive series. In this story Olive is tackling a new friendship with Natasha; the coolest kid in 6th grade. Olive soon realizes Natasha has a mean streak in her when Olive's friends jump ship and join Natasha's clique. To win them back, Olive hosts a Halloween party. At the party the kids discover Natasha has been acting out because her parents recently divorced and deep down s Kayla Miller is a fan favourite publishing some of the best middle grade graphic novels. Clash is the fourth book in the Olive series. In this story Olive is tackling a new friendship with Natasha; the coolest kid in 6th grade. Olive soon realizes Natasha has a mean streak in her when Olive's friends jump ship and join Natasha's clique. To win them back, Olive hosts a Halloween party. At the party the kids discover Natasha has been acting out because her parents recently divorced and deep down she is sad and was afraid to tell her new friends. This story has a good grip on what it's like to navigate middle school friendships and the importance of empathy and forgiveness. The book also has Halloween costume ideas and a Q&A page at the back of the book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Another solid Olive graphic novel, this one dealing with a new classmate who isn’t very nice. Olive tries to be friends, but Natasha is not having it, preferring to undermine Olive instead. The subtle form of bullying seemed very true to middle school life, with Natasha making fun of the things Olive likes and moving in on some of her friends and taking over. Luckily, Olive has support from her family and other friends. When Natasha finally makes an obvious transgression, everyone realizes what s Another solid Olive graphic novel, this one dealing with a new classmate who isn’t very nice. Olive tries to be friends, but Natasha is not having it, preferring to undermine Olive instead. The subtle form of bullying seemed very true to middle school life, with Natasha making fun of the things Olive likes and moving in on some of her friends and taking over. Luckily, Olive has support from her family and other friends. When Natasha finally makes an obvious transgression, everyone realizes what she has been doing and defends Olive. It all wraps up a little neatly, but Nat and Olive’s truce is a good model, and sometimes the best resolution one can hope for. Definitely recommend. This series is getting stronger with each book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    Olive is back! Clash is the 4th graphic novel in this middle grade series, following Click, Camp, and Act. Natasha is a new kid who’s moved to Olive’s town. When a teacher asks for a volunteer to show Nat around, Olive volunteers. Olive tries her best to befriend Nat, but it seems the only think Nat wants from Olive is her friends. Can Olive manage to keep her friends while being the kid Natasha doesn’t like? I am a huge fan of this series and appreciate the way the author handles middle school Olive is back! Clash is the 4th graphic novel in this middle grade series, following Click, Camp, and Act. Natasha is a new kid who’s moved to Olive’s town. When a teacher asks for a volunteer to show Nat around, Olive volunteers. Olive tries her best to befriend Nat, but it seems the only think Nat wants from Olive is her friends. Can Olive manage to keep her friends while being the kid Natasha doesn’t like? I am a huge fan of this series and appreciate the way the author handles middle school friendships and conflicts while showing readers the value of empathy. Also loved the author’s Q & A pages at the end of the book and easy Halloween costume ideas. Highly recommend- out now!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Tuite

    Reading 2021 Book 81: Clash by Kayla Miller This is latest in Miller's line of middle grade graphic novels including Click, Camp, and Act. Olive is back in her role as one of the nice kids at school. Natasha is the new girl and is welcomed with open arms. It seems though that Nat is a bit jealous of all the attention Olive gets and sets out to alienate her from her friends. What can Olive do? Nat is making school a miserable place for her. Another good effort from Kayla Miller. Those that have bee Reading 2021 Book 81: Clash by Kayla Miller This is latest in Miller's line of middle grade graphic novels including Click, Camp, and Act. Olive is back in her role as one of the nice kids at school. Natasha is the new girl and is welcomed with open arms. It seems though that Nat is a bit jealous of all the attention Olive gets and sets out to alienate her from her friends. What can Olive do? Nat is making school a miserable place for her. Another good effort from Kayla Miller. Those that have been reading along will enjoy the 4th installment in the series. Reviewed for 3rd grade and older. My rating 4 ⭐.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julian

    Most stories about bullying are a bit stereotypical and obvious, with the big, bad bully taking over and being a complete jerk. In this case, Nat, the new girl in school, is more subtle and even manages to pass as some sort of friend to Olive, the kind of dubious friend many people have, even in adulthood. Olive struggles and doesn't know how to manage the situation. She tries to push the friendship and we get into a debate on whether that is worth it. She handless herself with class and empathy Most stories about bullying are a bit stereotypical and obvious, with the big, bad bully taking over and being a complete jerk. In this case, Nat, the new girl in school, is more subtle and even manages to pass as some sort of friend to Olive, the kind of dubious friend many people have, even in adulthood. Olive struggles and doesn't know how to manage the situation. She tries to push the friendship and we get into a debate on whether that is worth it. She handless herself with class and empathy, and shows kids how they can navigate these situations.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    On one hand, Miller does a great job of showing conflict that doesn't rise to outright bullying but is still unpleasant, and Liv's reactions are realistic. On the other, the conflict with Nat is resolved way too quickly, especially after how much she'd escalated, because she's having a hard time at home. Liv just feels unrealistically mature when she's able to put aside her own hurt and anger so quickly, and I'm not sure that forgiveness without real expressions of remorse is a great object less On one hand, Miller does a great job of showing conflict that doesn't rise to outright bullying but is still unpleasant, and Liv's reactions are realistic. On the other, the conflict with Nat is resolved way too quickly, especially after how much she'd escalated, because she's having a hard time at home. Liv just feels unrealistically mature when she's able to put aside her own hurt and anger so quickly, and I'm not sure that forgiveness without real expressions of remorse is a great object lesson for the target audience.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bailey

    I've read all four books in these series and I feel like this is the best yet (not to say the others were bad). The art was adorable and well drawn and Miller really challenged her main character Olive with the appearance of 'Nat'. I think it's a healthy novel for younger readers because it teaches that you don't nessicarily have to be friends with people you disagree with also while teaching how to still respect them. That's a very healthy mindset to have in general and I appreciate Kayla Mille I've read all four books in these series and I feel like this is the best yet (not to say the others were bad). The art was adorable and well drawn and Miller really challenged her main character Olive with the appearance of 'Nat'. I think it's a healthy novel for younger readers because it teaches that you don't nessicarily have to be friends with people you disagree with also while teaching how to still respect them. That's a very healthy mindset to have in general and I appreciate Kayla Miller for displaying that. Five stars

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