The Humiliations of Pipi McGee by Beth Vrabel ★★★☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

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Primary Genre(s): Middle Grade, Fiction
Published: 16 Sep 2019 by Running Press Kids
Page count: 384
My Format: eARC from NetGalley
Cover: Screams middle grade
Pacing: Good
Ending: Good
Would I recommend it: Probably
Commission Link: Buy The Humiliations of Pipi McGee

My rating: ★★☆☆

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
The first eight years of Penelope McGee’s education have been a curriculum in humiliation. Now she is on a quest for redemption, and a little bit of revenge.

From her kindergarten self-portrait as a bacon with boobs, to fourth grade when she peed her pants in the library thanks to a stuck zipper to seventh grade where…well, she doesn’t talk about seventh grade. Ever.

After hearing the guidance counselor lecturing them on how high school will be a clean slate for everyone, Pipi–fearing that her eight humiliations will follow her into the halls of Northbrook High School–decides to use her last year in middle school to right the wrongs of her early education and save other innocents from the same picked-on, laughed-at fate. Pipi McGee is seeking redemption, but she’ll take revenge, too.

My Thoughts
This is definitely a revenge book. Thankfully there was a lesson to be learned as well. Here are my pros and cons for The Humiliations of Pipi McGee:

Pros

  1. I found myself getting irritated with Pipi. She wanted to “reverse” her humiliations, which in her mind meant to get revenge on the people she felt had a hand in causing her humiliations in the first place. At least 2/3 of the book was Pipi enjoying her revenge and I found myself thinking that the joy she was getting from paying people back for what they’d done to her wasn’t a very good message. Thankfully, the good message finally did come toward the end of the book.
  2. I liked that that book emphasized that revenge on someone can, and often does, hurt innocent people as well. That is a good lesson to learn.
  3. The book had some pretty mature themes that were dealt with carefully.

Cons

  1. For me, it took too long for the moral of the story to arrive. I felt there was too much emphasis on the revenge.
  2. I hate mean girls. Hate them. It is so rare to read a middle grade or teen book without them and that makes me really sad. Girls can be so incredibly cruel to each other.
  3. Some of the descriptions and writing were way over the top for me, but probably appropriate for the targeted audience.

Summary
“Hurt people hurt people.” Pipi was told this once and she finally understands it at the end of the book. And I hope the young readers of this book get it as well. Revenge is never the answer because it just perpetuates the problem, brings you down to the same level as the person that wronged you in the first place, and more people end up suffering.

This is a solid story with a good lesson. It isn’t earth-shattering literature, but it is just possible that a middle grade student might learn something from it. I would recommend this book for tweens/young teens – probably from 10-14 years old.

Thank you NetGalley and Running Press Kids for a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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