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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  414 ratings  ·  78 reviews
A debut graphic novel about friendship and finding where you "click" in school.

Olive wants to get in on the act . . .
. . . Any act!

Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade—until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her friends have already formed their own groups . . . w
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Iman Foster
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I think this book was ok because some things I liked but a lot of things I didn’t but something that I liked about the book book that Olive was left out out but she found a way to get over it.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a cute middle grade graphic novel! I loved the story and the artwork. Olive was such a likeable character and I can't wait for the next book in this series!
Jenn Marshall
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-comics
Click isn't really my type of story, but I can see my 6th graders living this book. It's the story of Olive, she has tons of friends but when it is time for the 5th grade variety show all of her friends have plans and no one has asked her to join their group. It's a story of her finding her way and still being true to herself. A super cute story.
Ampersand Inc.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: saffron-s-reads
Wonderful gentle graphic novel that really nails how tough it can be in middle grade fitting in.
Ms. Yingling
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Olive's fifth grade class is having a variety show, and all of Olive's friends seem to have put groups together. There's an instrumental act, martial arts, cheer, and singing, but no one asks Olive if she wants to be part of a group. She isn't happy and sulks a bit, leading her mother to ask if she should call some of the kids' parents and ask if Olive can join. This is, of course, not what Olive has in mind as she fantasizes about being with the various groups. H
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it

Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!

I had never heard of Click until it appeared on my doorstep. I'm a bit out of the loop when it comes to middle grade comics at the moment, but I liked this one a lot. I thought Olive was a cute main character, and her need to be loved by her friends is something I think many folks can relate to. When her friends all pair up for the school talent program, she feels lost and as though there is no place for her.

I enjoyed this, though I wish there had been
R. G. Nairam
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was really cool that this addressed the whole feeling of having friends but not belonging to a group, or always getting the feeling that they like you but care about someone else more. Though I resent somewhat being told that the mentor character didn't find her group "until college." Ha. Ha.

Other than that, there was a lot of this book where there just wasn't that much going on.

(I picked up an ARC of this at a bookstore I volunteer at.)
3.5 stars. This is a cute book with a very simple plot about finding your place in a group of friends. It’s super low stakes and will appeal most to the 2-5th grade set. Great for all those super young Raina Telgmeir fans! We needed a younger elementary age graphic story like this that was geared at younger kids.

The story is a little too simple but it will do just fine, you know?
Damian Alexander
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
A colorful graphic novel about friendship, but with a twist. Ever feel like you have lots of friends...but they're all hanging out without you? You see pictures of your friends going to the movies or the faire on Instagram and Facebook and you wonder, "Why wasn't I invited?" You thought you were friends...but maybe you're not...? Then you learn the difference between a "friend" and a "best friend" and realize you maybe don't have a best friend. This is something I experienced in high school. Eve ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great for those who are in desperate need of Smile readalikes. The conflict is very mild and the characters are older elementary aged students so might even be great for those younger ones wishing to read Smile, but who might not be quite there yet.
Mom2jngncna~ Stephannie
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
My 12 year old non reader, just closed it (finished reading it) and declared BEST BOOK EVER.
Thank you!
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How could I not love this!? Main character is named Olive! ❤ ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Pros: It's a very nice depiction of the life of a 5th grader who is well liked by everyone in class, but doesn't have a special friend or group. Loved the character of the aunt who listens to her and helps her find inspiration. The naggy mom rang true. Cons: It's very very basic, and could be unrelatable for kids who are not universally liked (which is many, many kids). Just too happy-go-lucky for me. Needs even a taste of drama.

This low-stakes book is a good match for kids in 2-5th
2-5th grade realistic fiction graphic novel for fans of Raina Telgemeier, but this was too bubble-gum cutesy. While it dealt with the issue of cliques and friendship in 5th grade, it was just ok.
tony dillard jr
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poor Olive. Even though Olive is one of the most popular students in her class, she is all alone. There’s a big talent show coming up and all of the other students have partners. Just not her!

Feeling like the odd person out, Olive is stressing out big time. Even though she clicks with everyone, she just doesn’t fit into a clique. (See that clever play on words?) Will Olive come up with an act before the talent show starts? Even more important, will Olive find her way in the fifth grade?

For a fir
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Sweet children's comic book about the beginnings of cliques and social grouping, and finding your place while negotiating different friendships. Unlike Telgemeier's works, Real Friends, El Deafo, and Awkward/Brave/Crush, this isn't a book about middle school - the characters are fifth graders and this book is emotionally perfect for 1st/2nd graders and up.

My critiques fall in two areas: believability and execution. First, the plot seems almost too gentle and sweet and kind. The social challenge
Kim Bongiorno
Olive is in the 5th grade, and like many kids around that age, gets along with a bunch of her classmates. She has a happy home life, and is in a good place, overall.

When the teacher announces a talent show, kids around her immediately start pairing off into acts. She's not asked to join any, and starts to get sad. Why didn't anyone ask her? Do they not like her all the time, only some of the time? Why doesn't she have that one best friend?
It's a great exploration of the reality of this age (I ha
This was set in the 90s and NO ONE CAN CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE.

The book kind of bothered me, though I can't quite put my finger on why. Maybe everything worked out too well? Maybe the fact that cliques were not described as excluding people but simply as a group that shares your interests? Maybe because I was a weird kid who wasn't super well-liked but I got along with everyone just fine, I just didn't really have a bunch of friend-friends, and this read so polar opposite to my experiences that I
Kristin Crouch
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Kayla Miller for providing an ARC to #collabookation for review.
Click is a wonderful graphic novel, perhaps one of my favorites. Olive has lots of friends, but when the school variety show is announced, she finds that no one asks her to be a part of their 'group.' She feels isolated and alone, and struggles for a bit. A helpful aunt helps her deal with her feelings, and Olive ultimately finds the perfect solution.
I loved that the book honored her feelings of isolation, while also
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Classifying this as middle grade seems like a bit of a stretch to me. Perhaps I’m spoiled by Raina Telgemeier, Ben Hatke, and Shannon Hale, but I expected so much more from this graphic novel. There was one plot line (with a few hints at other potentials to come), a not-particularly devastating sad afternoon of an obstacle, and it was so easily resolved I wasn’t sure if that was truly even the resolution.

However, this GN does have some strengths for advanced beginning readers: no romance (well,
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of this book through the #bookposse Twitter book club. I loved that this graphic novel addressed real friendship and confidence issues without cruelty. Olive is a fifth grader with a wide variety of friends. When her teacher announces an upcoming variety show, these friends separate into groups to plan their talents. Without malicious intent, Olive is left out. It will take a compassionate aunt and some DVDs of old variety shows to help Olive find her place!

I found this g
Amanda Workman
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, psrc
The 5th grade Variety Show is on and everyone is planning a talent to perform and forming groups. Olive, a friend to everyone, can't seem to find her place. She's hurt no one asked her to join, and resents having to ask those she thought were her friends. As everyone makes plans, and hangs out without her Olive finds her place: she's going to host the show! Readers who love Raina Telgemeier will enjoy this graphic novel about finding your own voice and realizing you don't always have to click wi ...more
Olive's 5th Grade puts on a talent show. However, Olive becomes upset when none of her friends from varying groups (karate, cheer, music, magic, lip sync) ask her. She finds compassion and empathy in her stand-out aunt, despite the overbearing assistance of her mom, with the help of some old t.v. show variety acts. She learns to stand out and not be a part of a clique.

This is a great introductory read for friendships changing over interest, relationships with parents/siblings, idea of "boys",

Katelyn Patterson
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Olive is excited for the 5th grade variety show until no one asks her to join their act. She is discouraged until her aunt gives her the idea to do a solo act as hostess for the entire show. After making the brave decision to host, she gets invited to join an act. Instead of jumping at the chance, she stays true to her decision. The first of a series, it ends with the lights coming up on her about to introduce the first act. Explores middle school friendship difficulties in a light way. Beautifu ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher HMH Kids for providing a physical arc.
Able to read over a lunch break. I can see 2nd to 6th graders reading this book. The main character is in 5th grade and at the beginning life seems pretty good, Olive seems to be friends with...everyone. But the fateful Friday the 5th grade variety show is announced and everyone rushes to pair up or team up and no one asks Olive.
Cute ending. Fun, unique aunt character who helps give Olive her inspiration to be true to herself. Ol
Weston Humphreys
Click is a fun and meaningful story featuring Olive, a fifth grader who is loved by everyone yet still struggles with her sense of belonging and what it means to be her. The art is super cute and endearing all the way through! I really appreciated the way Kayla Miller approached Olive's family dynamics, especially when it came to conflict. She gave us a gentle glimpse into what conflict can look like among people who love each other well but don't always understand where the other is coming from ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
5th grader Olive has lots of good friends, but no "best" friend. When her school announces a school variety show, she feels left out when none of her friends ask her to join their groups. She feels like she doesn't fit in or "click" with anyone in particular, but with the help of her Aunt, she finds a way to be a part of the variety show and closer to all the different peer groups in her class. So nice to find a graphic novel with positive messages for children, no inappropriate language or cont ...more
Katie Reilley
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read graphic novel about friendship, fitting in, and belonging for middle grade kids. I recognize Olive in my own ten and thirteen year old daughters and in my fourth and fifth grade students. Had to buy two for school, one for home.

Grateful to the author for sharing the situations and conversations that are happening in my home and school (and similar places everywhere)!

Looking forward to reading more about Olive in her camp adventures!
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a super sweet graphic novel- perfect for elementary/early middle school readers!
Any child who has had a fear of being on the outside, of being the extra friend, can absolutely relate to Olive's need to find her place and her own way to shine.
A delightful, quick read that will find many fans.

Thank you to HMH Books for Young Readers/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review
Allison Wysong
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A very cute story about a girl with loads of friends, but no real best friend, and what that means when it's time for the school's variety show. I love the friendships and family relationships in this book. They're warm and kind and the conflict isn't the usual "I don't have any friends" sort. It's nice to see a different sort of friendship complication tackled and in such a cute way.

I don't expect this one to sit on the shelf for long at all!
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