Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far)

Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far)

Posted by jack_miller | Published 8 months ago

With 22 ratings

By: Ann M. Martin

Purchased At: $8.99

Pearl Littlefield's first assignment in fifth grade is complicated: She has to write an essay about her summer. Where does she begin? Her dad lost his job, she had to go to a different camp―one where her older sister Lexie was a counselor-in-training (ugh!)―and she and her good friend James Brubaker III had a huge fight, which made them both wonder if the other kids were right that girls and boys can't be good friends and which landed one of them in the hospital.

And there's much, much more on the list of good and bad things, as Ann Martin takes this appealing character into new adventures through which young readers will see that good or bad, life is what happens when you're making other plans, in Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far).

I am a volunteer reader at an elementary school plus my 9 year old son and I read almost every night. I'm glad that Ann Martin wrote this, and the one to which this is a sequel, Ten Rules for Living with My Sister, which can be enjoyed by both genders. I'm not saying Baby-Sitters Club books are strictly girls-only, but I think most boys would be put off.

The basis of these books is how Pearl Littlefield, now 10 (9 in the prequel) exhibits thoughts and behaviors that she needs to mature out of -- and you get to watch her do so. It's a clever way to teach such lessons without the reader being put off. Other writers use this technique, to be sure, but not so often in the first person (Pearl's voice), which is quite effective IMO, though I have mixed feelings about Pearl's weird grammar at times.

Our society is such that girls may be bored by "boy things" but don't find them a threat. Not so for boys' reactions to "girl things", though I do introduce stories to classes which have girl main characters by issuing an "aside" to the boys that before long they will want to understand how girls think and this will help them ;-)

- jermaine_perez

My daughters have been really enjoying this book.

- noah_johnson

The only thing I did not like was the fact is that there were no charts. The other book had a lot of charts. It made the book more interesting.

- emmalynn_mendoza

When I was looking. for a book to this book spotted my eye. I was guessing that was the book after 10 rules for living with my sister. Thank you Ann M. Martin for these books. Can't wait to read the next book!!!

- alessandro_hill

This book was SO amazing! Would like to reAd more of Ann's books! I can not wait to start the babysitters club

- elliot_stewart

Awesome book has great characters and Is absolutely HILARIOUS if I would suggest READ THIS BOOK YOU WILL NOT REGRET!!!!!! :):):)

- monserrat_ross

It's fine if you haven't read the "first" book yet anyway this book was really fun to read for me as an 11 year old girl.

- jesus_baker

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