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Discover the backstory of the new Stranger Things fan favorite, Robin, played by Maya Hawke! The perfect read while you're waiting for Season 4 to drop on Netflix! High school is a monster, and it's eating everyone Robin knows. As sophomore year starts, Robin's Odd Squad friends have decided to try to be just like everyone else. Her best friends couple up Discover the backstory of the new Stranger Things fan favorite, Robin, played by Maya Hawke! The perfect read while you're waiting for Season 4 to drop on Netflix! High school is a monster, and it's eating everyone Robin knows. As sophomore year starts, Robin's Odd Squad friends have decided to try to be just like everyone else. Her best friends couple up and expect her to come along for the ride. They can't stop talking about school and college and careers. But Robin has bigger problems--she's been hiding out with the band kids since middle school, hoping nobody would notice that she's something even stranger than a French horn player who can speak four languages: she's gay. She's convinced the only way she can learn to be herself is by fleeing to Europe for a summer to experience real life. But she has no money, no permission, and no one to share the adventure with. How is she supposed to be her true self in Hawkins, Indiana? The weirdest girl in Hawkins has spent her whole life trying to fit in. Now, she's going to break out. Sprinkled with Easter eggs that reference our favorite Stranger Things characters, this contemporary coming-of-age story set in the '80s is about one girl's realization that the only person she needs to be accepted by is herself.


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Discover the backstory of the new Stranger Things fan favorite, Robin, played by Maya Hawke! The perfect read while you're waiting for Season 4 to drop on Netflix! High school is a monster, and it's eating everyone Robin knows. As sophomore year starts, Robin's Odd Squad friends have decided to try to be just like everyone else. Her best friends couple up Discover the backstory of the new Stranger Things fan favorite, Robin, played by Maya Hawke! The perfect read while you're waiting for Season 4 to drop on Netflix! High school is a monster, and it's eating everyone Robin knows. As sophomore year starts, Robin's Odd Squad friends have decided to try to be just like everyone else. Her best friends couple up and expect her to come along for the ride. They can't stop talking about school and college and careers. But Robin has bigger problems--she's been hiding out with the band kids since middle school, hoping nobody would notice that she's something even stranger than a French horn player who can speak four languages: she's gay. She's convinced the only way she can learn to be herself is by fleeing to Europe for a summer to experience real life. But she has no money, no permission, and no one to share the adventure with. How is she supposed to be her true self in Hawkins, Indiana? The weirdest girl in Hawkins has spent her whole life trying to fit in. Now, she's going to break out. Sprinkled with Easter eggs that reference our favorite Stranger Things characters, this contemporary coming-of-age story set in the '80s is about one girl's realization that the only person she needs to be accepted by is herself.

30 review for Rebel Robin

  1. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    Sprinkled with Easter eggs that reference our favourite Stranger Things characters, this contemporary coming-of-age story set in the '80s is about one girl's realization that the only person she needs to be accepted by is herself. how had i not heard about this omg Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram Sprinkled with Easter eggs that reference our favourite Stranger Things characters, this contemporary coming-of-age story set in the '80s is about one girl's realization that the only person she needs to be accepted by is herself. how had i not heard about this omg Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nev

    3.5 - I absolutely loved Robin’s character when she was introduced in season 3 of Stranger Things. So I was excited when I learned that there was going to be a book all about her backstory. The book follows her in her sophomore year as she’s feeling out of place in her friend group, trying to figure out how to get out of Hawkins for the summer/for good, and as she realizes that she’s gay. It was fun to see this purely real world focused story happening during the same timeline as season 1. Seein 3.5 - I absolutely loved Robin’s character when she was introduced in season 3 of Stranger Things. So I was excited when I learned that there was going to be a book all about her backstory. The book follows her in her sophomore year as she’s feeling out of place in her friend group, trying to figure out how to get out of Hawkins for the summer/for good, and as she realizes that she’s gay. It was fun to see this purely real world focused story happening during the same timeline as season 1. Seeing how people who weren’t in the know about what really happened with Will Byers, Barb, and the Upside Down were reacting to the events was cool. I’m a sucker for a good teacher as a mentor character so I liked how Mr. Hauser was incorporated into the story. Also, seeing a young gay person coming of age and realizing their sexuality in the 80s during the AIDS epidemic was an interesting and heartbreaking read. The book is written in first person which felt a bit weird to me. I think third person would’ve felt more natural since I’m used to seeing Robin from an outside perspective in the show rather than from inside her head. At times the voice Robin had in the book didn’t totally feel like the character. Also, because this is a prequel and we as the readers already know that she’s gay, I think it would’ve worked better to have Robin herself realize it a bit earlier in the story. It felt somewhat rushed at the end when she starts to not care so much about fitting in and decides that she’s just going to live for herself. I would’ve liked to see more of the progression rather than that just squeezed into the last few chapters. But overall this was a nice read and it has made me even more excited for season 4… whenever that will actually come out. P.S. I hope they give Robin a girlfriend or love interest that isn’t unrequited in season 4.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Queer teens in the 80s!! Tell me you don't need it! Queer teens in the 80s!! Tell me you don't need it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    kali

    win for the lesbians honestly

  5. 5 out of 5

    zoha ✿

    my library doesn't carry this book and i'm so disappointed. can a sad girl just get her silly little lesbian comfort character book already 🙄 my library doesn't carry this book and i'm so disappointed. can a sad girl just get her silly little lesbian comfort character book already 🙄

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marilee

    This was a really fun read! You get the back story of Robin from Stranger Things season 3, and she's the perfect jaded highschool character that you come to expect from stories that take place in the 1980s. Out of all the Stranger Things books so far, this one, and Runaway Max, are my favorites. All the books in this series serve as stand alone stories, with different main characters, so you can read (or not read) the books in any order you choose. Oh, and there are a lot of fun easter eggs inclu This was a really fun read! You get the back story of Robin from Stranger Things season 3, and she's the perfect jaded highschool character that you come to expect from stories that take place in the 1980s. Out of all the Stranger Things books so far, this one, and Runaway Max, are my favorites. All the books in this series serve as stand alone stories, with different main characters, so you can read (or not read) the books in any order you choose. Oh, and there are a lot of fun easter eggs included as well!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nessa Luna [October Tune]

    Robin was one of my favourite new characters from the third season of Stranger Things and when I found out about this backstory novel about her I needed to read it asap. This book mostly takes place around the same time season 1 of Stranger Things happens (and a little after) and I really enjoyed reading about the events of the season from the POV of someone who wasn't involved. (view spoiler)[Of course no one who wasn't directly involved knew what truly happened and Robin doesn't meet the ST ga Robin was one of my favourite new characters from the third season of Stranger Things and when I found out about this backstory novel about her I needed to read it asap. This book mostly takes place around the same time season 1 of Stranger Things happens (and a little after) and I really enjoyed reading about the events of the season from the POV of someone who wasn't involved. (view spoiler)[Of course no one who wasn't directly involved knew what truly happened and Robin doesn't meet the ST gang until 1985, so there wasn't really any scifi aspect to this story. (hide spoiler)] There were lots of references to the show and of course characters that make appearances in S1 and S2 make an appearance in this book as well. All-in-all, I really enjoyed this story and I definitely am going to check out the other two books in this series that I haven't read yet, because I think they might be nice as well! (One of them is about Hopper, the other about Max).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    An excellent deep dive into Robin that shows how the normies handled everything in the first two seasons! Also, the book starts and ends on my birth date so how can I not love it?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jmorenocidoncha

    Esta nueva novela oficial del universo de Stranger Things es un spin-off centrado en la vida de Robin Buckley que aporta una visión mucho más completa de uno de los principales y más queridos personajes de la tercera temporada. De hecho, prácticamente todo el desarrollo narrativo del libro es inédito. Aparecen casi todos los personajes de la serie y se desarrolla íntegramente en Hawkins, pero la historia es desconocida para todos, con lo cual tiene mucho más valor para todos sus fans. Robin se co Esta nueva novela oficial del universo de Stranger Things es un spin-off centrado en la vida de Robin Buckley que aporta una visión mucho más completa de uno de los principales y más queridos personajes de la tercera temporada. De hecho, prácticamente todo el desarrollo narrativo del libro es inédito. Aparecen casi todos los personajes de la serie y se desarrolla íntegramente en Hawkins, pero la historia es desconocida para todos, con lo cual tiene mucho más valor para todos sus fans. Robin se convierte en un personaje rebelde por muchas razones, primero porque es muy inteligente y se hace preguntas distintas a los demás. Pero también es rebelde porque siente de forma distinta, al principio no sabe lo que es, pero cuando logra identificarlo, ella se da cuenta por fin de que vive en un mundo (la ambientación en los años ochenta es mucho más determinante en este sentido) que no aprueba una forma de sentir que para ella es natural. Robin es rebelde y un icono para entender una nueva sexualidad.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Abrielle ME

    STRANGER THINGSSSSSS!! WOOOOO!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie adams

    I love stranger things and seeing robins perspective from s1 and 2.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen Kohoutek

    The best of the "Stranger Things" novels so far, in my opinion. The author totally nails Robin's voice, and fills out her backstory in a way that fits in with everything we know about her. It's also really interesting to see the point of view of someone who didn't know about the things that were going on in the show, and how those events were perceived. Plus, it's pretty funny! If you've been curious about the tie-in novels, this is a great place to start. The best of the "Stranger Things" novels so far, in my opinion. The author totally nails Robin's voice, and fills out her backstory in a way that fits in with everything we know about her. It's also really interesting to see the point of view of someone who didn't know about the things that were going on in the show, and how those events were perceived. Plus, it's pretty funny! If you've been curious about the tie-in novels, this is a great place to start.

  13. 5 out of 5

    smith. ⓚ

    Stranger Things: the franchise whose character I never knew I wanted to spin more time with. I stumbled onto the companion podcast (Rebel Robin: Surviving Hawkins) first before realizing it went with a book. Highly recommend both, whether you're a fan of the show or not. It's just a good coming of age, getting to know yourself, slice of life story set in the ST universe. Stranger Things: the franchise whose character I never knew I wanted to spin more time with. I stumbled onto the companion podcast (Rebel Robin: Surviving Hawkins) first before realizing it went with a book. Highly recommend both, whether you're a fan of the show or not. It's just a good coming of age, getting to know yourself, slice of life story set in the ST universe.

  14. 5 out of 5

    K.M.

    Although there are no monsters in here, Robin's story is still an interesting one as she struggles with her identity and sexuality. I liked knowing more about her and seeing the show's events/characters from an outsider's POV. I listened to the audiobook, which had a good narrator. Although there are no monsters in here, Robin's story is still an interesting one as she struggles with her identity and sexuality. I liked knowing more about her and seeing the show's events/characters from an outsider's POV. I listened to the audiobook, which had a good narrator.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Adorable. Such a fun, summer book. I put together a soundtrack of all the music references to expand the experience. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4sz... Adorable. Such a fun, summer book. I put together a soundtrack of all the music references to expand the experience. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4sz...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Friederike

    Lovely book, if you love Robin as much as I do,... So my rating might be biased 👀

  17. 5 out of 5

    Only Irene Adler

    A lot of Easter eggs and references, a funny and authentic Robin, and a good coming of age story!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Zoë Hoffman

    I was teetering between giving this 3 stars or 4, and I eventually went with the latter. There’s a lot to unpack here, not all of it good! Full review to come.

  19. 4 out of 5

    sophie mainwaring

    this was so fun i loved this book. didn’t realise quite how much i related to robin until i read this and now i can’t wait to see her in season 4 ahhhh i love her so much

  20. 5 out of 5

    Giovani V.

    Predisposed to hate any sort of story taking place in a high school. ‘Cept this takes place in the ‘80s. ‘Cept this one is actually really damn good.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zoë

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wilma

  24. 5 out of 5

    Keila

  25. 4 out of 5

    Selena Richardson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  27. 5 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  28. 5 out of 5

    S

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christa

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Sparks

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