Of their bodiesJorge is upset because someone hacked his social media account and made nasty remarks about friends I love this series and want to gift it to very kid I know startingin middle school Date Me end reviewNo but seriously I love the story lines the artwork is SUPERB I just really love Chmakova s illustrations and the wayach panel just goes with Comfort And Joy each other She says so much without saying a word case in the point the cover in whichveryone is faded out xcept Jorge staring at his crush How true to life is that I still think Brave is my favorite of this series so far I just love Jensen and his storyline but I really liked this one as well Jorge is a uiet guy one who doesn t say much but he really has a strong sense of self and strong foundation for what is right and what isn t which is hard to have in middle school His friendship with Olivia and Garret was probably my favorite part of this it is done so well This is a standalone novel you see some of the characters from the previous books in the background of the panels but since Jorge and his friends hang out with a totally different group than the others this is a book that can be picked up and read without reading any of the previous books They all simply go to the same big Middle School but they don t all know ach other And I liked that Also it makes recommending this series to the kids that come to the library so much Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health easier since they don t have to start at book 1 I just re read my review of Awkward and many of the same sentiments abound with this the third in the series The artwork is outstanding the charming story is relatable and had myleven year old not swiped this from me before I read it I d have known she would love it This is middle school done well Everything is accounted for cliues athletics clubs the obligatory school dance bullies shy kids kids longing to be in the it crowd loyal friends bad decisions gossip drama and of course crushes The addition of strong female characters who stand up for themselves and others texting intentional misrepresentation of others online and body autonomy make current this timeless story Add in a lovable main character with the gift of charity and forgiveness and this is a winner amongst current middle schoolersThe last few pages give a peek inside the long process of creating a single panel for a graphic novel a labor of love for which this talented author is uite suited She offers kids a vision of how she does what she does in a way that is positive and xudes nthusiasm and respect for the craft Congratulations to the author on the birth of her baby 45 stars Breaking my no star rule for this oneI absolutely loved this one just like I LOVED the other two all following deprecate characters and this are standalone novelsI whizzed through it and I blushed and felt all the cute feelsThis really feels an awful lot like a middle grade Degrassi The best parts of Degrassi but for middle school kids so it not not reach the boiling point or go THEREhaha but it definitely hits the spot. When he crosses paths with a certain girl But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift will Jorge be able to balance what his friends xpect of him versus what he actually wan.
My favorite in the series so far I heart Jorge I SO needed this as a palate cleanse after the last two horrific 1 star graphic novels I just read This book is cute and sweet and verything I needed right now I read the teaser handed out at ALA Annual 2018 and knew that I had to get my hands on the ntire thing I was right it was so awesome I didn t realize this was the third in a series so now I have two other books to look forward to yayThis is a contemporary story from the POV of Jorge a large middle schooler with two BFFs Olivia and Russell It is their story of how they dealt with middle school classes teachers fellow students gossip crushes tc Jorge and Olivia were my favs though the gym teacher was AWESOME Russell was a bit of an idiot and I didn t like him but he was true to a less self assured pre teen in middle school so I can t hate on him Just hate his initial behavior He does grow and learn so all is not lost This book would be great for the middle school years and maybe a younger precocious reader and upwards Highly recommended 5 shiny love Jorge and Olivia starsMy thanks to NetGalley and Yen PressJY for an The Game of Love eARC copy of this book to read and review This is third in a series that is only very lightly related None of them rely on any of the others so they canasily be read in any order I do highly recommend reading them all in whatever order you chooseChmakova knocked this one out of the park too Which is no surprise Again the characters fairly leap off the page and the story is so well told that it takes you back to those middle school years and the rapid fire changes and drama and pain and joy inherent in them As with any great storyteller she does so in a way that vokes that age with sympathy and honesty I really njoyed the layers to this story and seeing Jorge struggle with being a good person ven in the face of bad vents I liked his uiet calm that masked his occasional panic and I liked his willingness to find the best in others when he couldAnd I think I ll leave it with that As the title implies the story is largely about Jorge s crush on a girl And Chmakova does such a fine job with that as the lead while xploring other aspects of friendship as well And again her art just blows me away with its vocative fine detail adding that xtra meaning to a story already well told I absolutely can t look at my previous review without cringing HARD so I deleted it But this was so SO cute Imma need to reread this normally but Svetlana Chmakova yet again does not disappoint Whenever I go to some store where there s books mostly Target I pick this up I m currently at page 186 and it s SO CUTE GUYS I WISHED IN Brave TO SEE JORGE MORENOW LOOK AT THIS ART I ordered this months ago and then forgot about it until I got the notice that it had shipped Though I love all of Svetlana Chmakova s work my interest pales beside that of my daughter whose mild reading disability translates to her being comfortable with audiobooks and graphic novels So I left it on her computer and texted. Following the overwhelming success of AWKWARD and BRAVE Svetlana Chmakova's award winning Berrybrook Middle School series continues with its next installment CRUSHJorge seems to have it al.
Her at work to say she had a surpriseand her reaction was gratifyingThis series is brilliant in how it c Having a crush is so hard and is is doubly hard for Jorge specially since the girl he has the crush on has a boyfriendWe met Jorge in Eyes earlier books in this series but it is not necessary to read the other books asach of them are self contained Awkward and Brave build on ach other but you can pick any of the three books up and have a wonderful time seeing the drama that is middle schoolThere are the mean boys rather than mean girls in this story which is a refreshing change But the mean boys really are just as bad as any mean girls and the things they do to Jorge as a revenge are very mean spiritedThe dialogue is fun The feelings are very raw and real and the characters are typical middle grade kids who like to play video games instead of studying and who forget their homework and other charms of going to schoolBelow are some sample panels of Jorge not knowing what to do or say when he is by his crushLove this series and can hardly wait for me to get a physical copy of this book and then hopefully await the next book in the seriesThanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest reveiw 35 If you can t use your sports skills to win and have to resort to verbal abuse and insults on my field GET OFF MY FIELD Middle school is hard Being a new teenager is hard But this is asy An Sinner's Heart easy to readasy to understand graphic novel that covers a lot of issues Boys girls non binary one mention xtroverts and shy kids sports jocks and bookish nerds big guys and little kids popular kids and loners pale medium dark kids blondes brunettes redheads headscarf And names from around the globe Jorge Ruiz our hero Olivia Liv Jorge s best friend Jazmine Duong shy uiet and Jorge s first crush Zeke Garrett James and a host of others including Mrs Rashad Mrs Rashad is also the sports coach and the one who made the arlier remark about GET OFF MY FIELDKids bounce around the hallways open lockers Spirit of the Wolf eat lunch together or alone and most importantly occasionally bullyach other Jorge is a big kid and he doesn t like bullying When he calls it out the kids call him the Sheriff It s a joke but his interventions workWhen he meets Jazmine he is surprised to find himself tongue tied and blushing You can guess where the story goes It s a long book so I ll just copy a few A Vineyard Christmas excerpts here to give you an idea I m not spoiling anything by saying it has a happynding but you probably figured as much Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose eh Thanks to NetGalley and Yen Press for the preview copy from which I ve pinched the pictures Jorge the Sheriff breaks up boys ganging up on a smaller boyJorge shoots hoops and says that sports is simpler than middle schoolCoach Mrs Rashad reads the kids the riot act about verbal abuseJorge realises he s got a crush and gets so flustered he misses a passed ballGarrettxplains to Jorge he hangs out with another guy so he can be part of the in crowdMrs Rashad makes sure the kids understand that they are in charge. L together He's big nough that nobody really messes with him but he's also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid reliable group of friends The only time he ver really feels off his game is.
Svetlana Chmakova Russian Светлана Шмакова born 1979 in Russia is a comic creator She is best known for Dramacon an original English language OEL manga spanning three volumes and published in North America by Tokyopop Her other work includes the 2 page The Adventures of CG for CosmoGIRL magazine and the webcomic Chasing Rainbows for Girlamatic Though born in Russia she immigrated to C