Book Review: Millicent Min, Girl Genius

Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee

SUMMARY: Millicent Min, 11-year-old high schooler, is having a bad summer. In an effort to give Millicent a more "normal" childhood, her mom has not only signed her up for volleyball, she has also arranged for her to tutor Stanford Wong--jock, jerk, and Chinese-American slacker. When Millicent meets Emily, though, things start to look up. If Millicent can only ignore her grandmother's advice and keep her lies straight, she might actually make her first friend and live through the summer. (adapted from the back cover)

OPINION: Millicent is so smart, she doesn't even know how dumb she is. Not in the intellectual sense (she's going to be a senior in high school), but in the relationship sense. She has no idea how to relate to people her age, let alone how to make friends. It puts her in some really awkward-but-humorous situations, as she tries to hide her intelligence and even pretends that Stanford is tutoring her! This will be a fun, light summer read.

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