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Everything I Know About You

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  79 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Misfit Tally is forced to room with queen bee Ava on the seventh grade field trip to Washington, DC, and discovers several surprising things about her roommate—including the possibility of an eating disorder—in this timely new novel from the author of Star-Crossed and Halfway Normal.

During a class trip to DC, twelve-year-old Tally and her best friends, Sonnet and Caleb (a.
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Aladdin
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Kate Olson
Thanks to the author for providing @kidlitexchange with a review copy of this book!

I will preface this review with the fact that I have a close personal connection to the eating disorder topics addressed in this book, and have read extensively on the topic at times in my life. In addition, I try to read all (or as many as possible!) MG and YA titles that discuss this topic to ensure that the portrayal is 1) accurate and 2) sensitive and 3) non-glamorizing. I am so happy to say that this book hit
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Em
Nov 19, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A middle grade novel dealing with eating disorders? Sign me up, this is the representation needed in children’s literature.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Tally Martin is headed to Washington, DC for a class trip. Her biggest worries are (1) will her friends avoid being bullied, and (2) will she and her friends have to room with their enemies.

Tally is dismayed to learn that, yes, she and her friends will be assigned roommates outside their comfort zones, but she gradually comes to realize that her friends are able to stand on their own feet without need of help from her and that they can all make new, unexpected friendships.

I loved these characte
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Laurie
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 5-8
Have you ever had one of those friends who was always like a mother hen and always took care of everyone and everything? Are you one of those friends? That is Tally Martin. She is always taking care of her best friends Caleb (aka Spider) and her new friend Sonnet. When she finds out about the seventh grade class trip to Washington, DC she is so excited.. that is until she finds out that the teacher over the trip is trying to promote seventh grade unity and is making them room
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Kristen Picone
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
An important book for tweens and teens! Barbara Dee has a knack for tackling tough topics in MG with grace and even some humor. This book includes authentic middle school voices, and while Ava’s eating disorder is an issue, it’s not the ONLY issue. Main character Tally has always been comfortable in her skin, until being forced to room with Ava on an overnight field trip to Washington DC makes her really look within herself. Tally’s two best friends begin drifting toward other friends and she fi ...more
Gray Cox
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good
I would've loved this when I was younger.
Violet
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-book-ever
Wow. Where do I even begin with this book?

I’ve had a week to gather my thoughts, and I still can’t formulate how good this book is. It was just...I don’t know, something about it.

The characters were great. Tally was literally me at like, fourteen. I loved her so much. Spider was another really relatable character, I really liked him. And AVA. GOOD GOD AVA. Yes, there were many points where I didn’t like her, but ultimately she was a really well-written character.

The writing style was very simila
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Lorie Barber
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We’ve been talking a lot lately about tackling tough topics in middle grade lit. I haven’t read a MG book that touches on anorexia until this revelation from Barbara Dee.

Spunky and original Tally is forced to room with the oh-so-popular Ava, a “bonding” experience made to enhance their 7th grade DC trip. And if that’s not bad enough, Tally’s lifelong friends, Sonnet and Spider, are moving in other directions. But as Tally and Ava spend more time together, Tally begins to see that Ava’s life mig
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Vincent Lobosco
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Barbara Dee again, accurately and with sensitivity touches on topics students need to read characters dealing with. Ava is struggling with an eating disorder and Tally is dealing with self-discovery. Everything I Know About You is a quick read that will have students thinking because there are not simple solutions. We have been talking a lot about endurance especially in middle school. Life is not easy. This is an important book to put in middle school kids hands!
JoEllen
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Barbra Dee is a gift to MG. Her ability to address tough topics with authenticity, heart and humor makes her a triple threat. This deals with challenging friendships, family, acceptance, being true to oneself and being proud of who you are. Barbara’s Tally is a character to love. Ava’s eating disorder is something that not many books explore and it is done so well.
Mandy Stallard
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookposse
How do you help someone who doesn't want to be helped? Should you even try to help someone that doesn't think they need it? The main character, Tally, faces these very questions in Everything I Know About You by Barbara Dee.

Tally is forced to room with one of her least favorite people, Ava, on a school field trip to Washington, D.C. While rooming with Ava, Tally notices that she keeps a list of random numbers in a notebook. There is even a gold star on a completely blank page. At first, she thin
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Lina
Jun 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
I've been struggling with an eating disorder for some time now, so I thought this would be an uplifting (maybe???) read. Fingers crossed.
Jenni Frencham
Tally has always liked herself as she is - taller and larger than her family members, a fierce friend / bodyguard for her two best friends, a math nerd, a person with unusual fashion sense. But when she goes on the 7th grade trip to Washington, D.C., she's paired with her arch-nemesis, Ava. Ava is everything Tally is not - popular, fashion-forward, able to fit in with her classmates. When Tally's friends start to branch out and find other people to spend time with, Tally is stuck with Ava, and w ...more
Charbear
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an ARC, so I don't want to give away too many plot details or spoilers, but I do have to include details! I will tag any possible spoilers at all so I don't ruin this for anyone. This book is for ages 9-13, and it is very well suited for that age group.

Ok, so our main character is Talia, known as Tally, throughout the story. I loved Tally, she was quirky and different and not afraid to stand out. She's already much taller and bulkier than other girls, s she dresses outlan
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Kristin Crouch
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Barbara Dee for providing an ARC for review to #collabookation.
Tally is embarking on the seventh grade field trip to Washington, D.C. But she's been assigned to room with the head ‘clone girl’ and neither are happy. Over the course of three days with Ava, Tally’s forced to examine her motives for almost everything she does: Why does she dress so outlandishly? Why did she create the term ‘clone girl’? Who are her real friends, and what do they love about her? And, how is she supposed
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Katie Reilley
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this middle grade story from my #bookexpedition group and will definitely be sharing it with my 5th grade students and my own daughter when it’s released. Students need to see the way Tally loved herself and embraced her flaws. I also appreciated how the story unfolded and brought to light the complex issues that surround eating disorders. The setting of a 7th grade trip to D.C. and short chapters made it a quick but important read.
Ms Threlkeld
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic-fiction, ya
Completely engrossing story about a group of 7th graders on a class trip to DC. I loved the main character’s spunk and appreciated how the author tackled complex issues that don’t have simple solutions.
Yasmeena
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hamilton! Hamilton! Hamilton!

This book. It’s full of Hamilton references.

I love it.

I can fully relate to Tally and her friends.

4.75
Amber Webb
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Dee has a way with characters. She has written depth and discovery into each character in Everything I Know About You. Friendships change and struggles emerge in middle school. Life isn't always easy when you have a hundred things coming at you at once. But learning about yourself and those around you can never be bad. Dee has done an amazing job of bringing to light the serious topics of adoption, eating disorders and anxiety in a very normal setting. Everything I Know About You would b ...more
Katie
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for this review copy. All opinions are my own.

Hooray for this book and hooray for a heroine like Tally Martin! This spunky 7th grader may not have it all figured out, but she sure does have an enormous heart and I just fell in love with her!

Tally and her classmates are headed to Washington, DC for the annual 7th grade school trip, and Tally just knows it’s going to be a nightmare. To encourage “unity” among the class, their teachers have assigned Tally and h
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Laura Gardner
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the MA youth services book review blog for the FREE book! #partner @simonkids @barbaradeebooks
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Love, love, LOVED this book! I couldn’t put it down. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 BIG stars!
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Tally Martin and her fellow 7th grade students are headed to Washington, DC for a class trip. Unfortunately, the teachers are assigning roommates in an effort to "foster seventh grade unity." Tally and her best friends, Sonnet and Caleb (Spider) are assigned to room with students they have typically dis
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Michele Knott
So well done. Love how dimensional the characters are. Readers are going to relate to them.
Patty Palmer
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything I Know About You

Middle school is an awkward time for teenagers no matter which way you slice it. Imagine a group of seventh graders heading to Washington, DC on a school field trip. On the surface, this sounds like an ordinary occurrence; however, on a quest for class unity, the teachers decide to mix things up a bit with a twist on roommate assignments. Students are paired with unlikely classmates creating initial apprehension.

Tally, a free spirit, big-boned individual is paired with
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Lauren- The Smile Lines
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the kidlitexchange for sharing a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT YOU by @barbaradeebooks is a book I WISH I read when I was 11, 12, 13 years old. I NEEDED this book! Parents, friendships, body image, crushes, academics, bullying, exercise, teachers, eating disorders, forgiving, and just being completely confused about everything. . . All of these issues are in this storyline. 💕The part that really tugs at my heart is the pressure there is to
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Chrissy Dennis
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway, and was impressed! I finished it in a day, and would certainly recommend this to young girls everywhere. Dee's novel holds a positive message about body image and the stress it brings to young girls. She sensitively touches on eating disorders and how this affects not only its victims, but those who are on the outside looking in.
This novel also touches on the changes in friendship during junior high, and the ways you can stand out or blend in. I thi
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Becky Schneekloth
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being a middle school teacher I am always looking for that "just right" book for "right now." This is one of those books. Kids experience so many trying situations in their lives being able to see that others are going through similar things is a way to connect for that child. It also allows a window into how others may be feeling and that you never really know what another human is dealing with.

Dealing with body image as a young girl or a young boy is an issue that is not often addressed in mi
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Michelle Simpson
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grades
This is the second book I have recently read by Barbara Dee, and I am a fan! She gives the readers great insight into the characters in this story. I felt like we got to know them even better throughout the book, as some of them discovered new things about themselves. This is an important book for middle grade readers.
Sandy O'Brien
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eating disorders are often considered taboo, especially among our students. This book is written eloquently and in a way that makes it more approachable. Tally’s journey in middle school is one that I know students will be able to relate to.
I seriously love all of the dimensions to this book. It deals with so many things our Ss come in contact with. (Friendships changing, divorce, personal growth, & many more). Thank you for this well thought out book! ❤ A must add to class libraries everyw
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Haley Shaffer
More on this book closer to its release date.
But a must-add book for 6-8 classrooms! Difficult situations handled in a just-right way.
Patrick
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really cool story about a 7th grade class trip to DC and the secrets and truths that are revealed during those days touring our nation’s capital.
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