Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

Our focus is on books middle school students might like to read and topics pertaining to books for these students, and we are giving recommendations. Teachers, librarians and middle school students are the contributors to this blog. If you would like to listen to booktalks of some of these books, please check out this site and enjoy!

Who are you, really? May 18, 2020

Filed under: Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 8:00 am

Remy thinks he has a good feel of who he is, until he is asked by his AP Literature teacher to write an essay on who he is! Suddenly, all the labels and boxes he thought he was comfortable with, seem to be all he is – or limiting himself somehow. Put on top of that the pressure to do well on the essay as he sees it as part of his ticket to the college he has been hoping to get into. Suddenly it all just seems like too much.

While he seems to have it all to his friends, Remy, the boy who came out during hisdownload-1 student council speech in front of the entire school wonders if he is who everyone thinks he is. After all, he has a lot of boxes he could fit in. Gay. Check. Adopted. Check. Black. Check. Is he only the leader of the Gay/Straight Alliance or is he defined by the fact that he doesn’t know anything about his birth family? What about heartbroken since his first relationship went down so badly, at least in his eyes.

As Remy tries to really figure himself out, he watches his best friends deal with their own situations and begins to wonder if they ever knew him and if he ever knew himself.

How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters is a reflective read on how we all question ourselves and our goals, and wonder sometimes, if we are truly ever enough just being who we are.

Recommended for mature 8th graders due to content.


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