TAB Book Review: The Misfits

No one is exactly the same and not everyone fits in, especially in middle school. The Misfits by James Howe features a unique group of friends who call themselves the Gang of Five, even though there are only four. Bobby, the narrator, is overweight and his mother died of cancer when he was younger. Addie is tall, smart and outspoken. Colorful and fashionable Joe is gay and Skeezie is the tough, leather jacket type. All four are labeled and called names but they stick together and their funny, loveable personalities are more than what meets the eye.

Addie decides to run for student counsel at their small middle school in Paintbrush Falls, New York, but the group faces many problems being the misfits of the school. Even the teachers won’t let them run.

Meanwhile, Bobby sells ties for the dreaded Mr. Kellerman or “Killer Man.” He also has a crush on a girl but doesn’t know how to tell her. The kids continue to get bullied but want to do something about it.

This touching, laugh-out-loud book is unforgettable and leaves you with a smile on your face and tears in your eyes. There is a special place in my heart for the Gang of Five.

-Reviewed by TAB member Sabine P.

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