Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived the Seventh Grade)
Title: Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived the Seventh Grade)
Author: Denise Vega
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 224
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 12 years/7th grader
Language: no profanity
Drug/Alcohol Use: main character’s older brother “appears” to be drunk, but no alcohol or drug use depicted
Violence: main character punches a mean girl when the girl makes fun of her but she is punished for this behaviour
Social Issues: bullying, peer pressure, learning to stand up for yourself, crushes, mean-girl behaviour, being publicly embarrassed, making new friends
Suggested Movie Grade: PG
Premise: From School Library Journal: Erin Swift, who is beginning middle school, keeps a diary on her own private Web page, which she never intends to post on the Internet. The year gets off to a rough start when she discovers that she and her best friend, Jilly, will not have any classes together. Then Erin punches her archenemy, Serena, for calling her Jilly’s puppet. Worst of all, Erin begins to wonder if she does follow Jilly’s wishes instead of her own and resolves to make some new friends and pursue her own interests. Things become more difficult when the boy Erin secretly likes becomes infatuated with Jilly. The only bright spot is the Intranet Club where Erin’s computer skills earn her a lead role in designing the school’s new web site.
Then disaster strikes when Erin’s secret Web page is accidentally posted on the school Intranet for everyone to read. Suddenly, she is faced with her biggest problem yet. – Linda L. Plevak, Saint Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, TX.
Potential Points of Concern: Erin defers to her best friend Jilly’s wishes even when her own desires are different. Jilly appears to take full advantage of her power over Erin although she is not mean or manipulative about it. By the end of the story, both girls realize what they’ve been doing and move to change.
Mean girl Serena bullies Erin and calls her Jilly’s puppet. Erin punches her in the face, however she is punished for this misbehaviour.
Erin develops a crush on Mark and is broken hearted when Mark, in turn, develops a crush on Jilly. When Jilly and Mark start “going out”, Erin is devastated.
Jilly and Mark engage in public kissing.
Erin suffers extreme public humiliation when her private web site is published on the school’s intranet site and all of her friends read about her thoughts. Jilly refuses to speak to her and Mark avoids her.
Erin proves to be a strong character who learns to stand on her own two feet and to be true to who she is.
Age Appropriateness: Ages 10 – 13