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For fans of Smile and Real Friends comes a debut graphic novel about friendship and finding where you "click" in middle 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 frie For fans of Smile and Real Friends comes a debut graphic novel about friendship and finding where you "click" in middle 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 . . . without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up?         Author-illustrator Kayla Miller has woven together a heartfelt and insightful story about navigating friendships, leaning on family, and learning to take the stage in the most important role of all.  


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For fans of Smile and Real Friends comes a debut graphic novel about friendship and finding where you "click" in middle 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 frie For fans of Smile and Real Friends comes a debut graphic novel about friendship and finding where you "click" in middle 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 . . . without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up?         Author-illustrator Kayla Miller has woven together a heartfelt and insightful story about navigating friendships, leaning on family, and learning to take the stage in the most important role of all.  

30 review for Click

  1. 5 out of 5

    Raina

    The Raina Telgemeier fans are going to eat this up. I took this out to local elementary schools in May/June 2019, and many kids asked me to talk about this one - kids totally gravitate to the cover. The illustrations are super accessible, full-color, easy to follow, tell the story well. There were a few moments when I wanted the illustrations to rest in a moment a little longer - i.e. go to a full-page panel for something, but it was mostly very effective. The cast is realistically diverse, and The Raina Telgemeier fans are going to eat this up. I took this out to local elementary schools in May/June 2019, and many kids asked me to talk about this one - kids totally gravitate to the cover. The illustrations are super accessible, full-color, easy to follow, tell the story well. There were a few moments when I wanted the illustrations to rest in a moment a little longer - i.e. go to a full-page panel for something, but it was mostly very effective. The cast is realistically diverse, and I liked the relationships with adults as modeled in the story (yeah, Aunt Molly). The word count is relatively low for a book aimed at the upper elementary age group. There are whole spreads with no words at all. It reminded me of Little Robot in that way, though the content is definitely aimed a couple years older. As such, it makes a great hi-lo, reluctant reader pick. This book is titled Click, and deals with struggling to find "your group." The inference is that we're talking about cliques, although I can't remember if that spelling is ever used. Although ultimately the message is about finding your place without needing a clique, it's not particularly down on cliques either. The cliques demonstrated here aren't particularly exclusionary, it should be said. We're not talking about mean girls and bullying, just finding your niche or sub-group. It was a bit of a different take on cliques than I've seen before, to the point where I've found myself feeling a touch conflicted about it. Maybe because Miller dances so close to the word Clique without actually addressing the societal phenomenon's historical problems. Meh, I did research in grad school on "clique lit," so I may be overthinking things, like I'm wont to do. :) Curious about others' thoughts on the topic, particularly as it relates to this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Prabhjot Kaur

    Olive is in fifth grade and gets along with just about everyone at her school. Although she has many friends, she doesn't have a best friend. When their teacher announces a variety show, she finds that all the other students have their own groups and already decided on what to perform. She asks around but no one asks her to join their group. When her auntie comes around, she tells her exactly what's happened and her auntie tells that she sometimes people don't end up finding their own cliques wh Olive is in fifth grade and gets along with just about everyone at her school. Although she has many friends, she doesn't have a best friend. When their teacher announces a variety show, she finds that all the other students have their own groups and already decided on what to perform. She asks around but no one asks her to join their group. When her auntie comes around, she tells her exactly what's happened and her auntie tells that she sometimes people don't end up finding their own cliques which actually means finding people to click with. Her auntie also encourages her to be herself and do what she wants. After watching an old show, Olive decides that she wants to be the host. When she announces this at her school, everyone is thrilled including Olive. This was a good story about fitting in and finding your own place for elementary and middle grade school kids. Illustrations were cute too. 3.5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    A cute book about a fifth-grade girl who is not sure where she fits in. This is made glaringly obvious when the talent show is announced and no one invites her to join their group. This depresses her, until she stumbles upon a great idea. Note: This isn't about someone who has no friends, instead Olive's problem is that she has too many. She's not in a clique (hence the title of the book), instead she is a friend of all the cliques. Exactly the kind of graphic novel that is popular with children r A cute book about a fifth-grade girl who is not sure where she fits in. This is made glaringly obvious when the talent show is announced and no one invites her to join their group. This depresses her, until she stumbles upon a great idea. Note: This isn't about someone who has no friends, instead Olive's problem is that she has too many. She's not in a clique (hence the title of the book), instead she is a friend of all the cliques. Exactly the kind of graphic novel that is popular with children right now. NAMES IN THIS BOOK: (view spoiler)[ Hugh m Olive f Willow f Nick m Grace f Beth f Chanda f Dave m Simon m Emilie f Molly f Matt m Myra f Megan f Tim m Alice f Sam m Claire f Jessie f Nicole f Dave m Lucy f Barkson – dog Lisa f Sawyer m Ternt m Ava f Franny f (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fatma Yehia

    A sweet short read for younger kids who are having trouble in finding a group or a best friend to belong to. That reminded me when i was a kid moving from the "ugly duckling phase" to "I'm friends with everyone but not anyone's best friend phase". The funny thing is that i can relate to the mom-aunt arguments about the way that we should/shouldn't bring the kids up with. I have that kind of discussions "aka accusations" with my sister all the time. A sweet short read for younger kids who are having trouble in finding a group or a best friend to belong to. That reminded me when i was a kid moving from the "ugly duckling phase" to "I'm friends with everyone but not anyone's best friend phase". The funny thing is that i can relate to the mom-aunt arguments about the way that we should/shouldn't bring the kids up with. I have that kind of discussions "aka accusations" with my sister all the time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    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! 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!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    This is one that I would definitely recommend for a middle grade audience that likes books by Raina Telegmeier. While this wasn't as good as anything written by Telegmeier, I do believe that it does its job reaching its target audience. The plot of the story wasn't truly that engaging, but I do understand that inability to relate comes from my age. I think that kids that are struggling with fitting into certain cliques or cliques in general may benefit from reading this book. I loved the artwork This is one that I would definitely recommend for a middle grade audience that likes books by Raina Telegmeier. While this wasn't as good as anything written by Telegmeier, I do believe that it does its job reaching its target audience. The plot of the story wasn't truly that engaging, but I do understand that inability to relate comes from my age. I think that kids that are struggling with fitting into certain cliques or cliques in general may benefit from reading this book. I loved the artwork, but couldn't find it in myself to give it four stars because of the behavior of Olive's mother towards the end. I'm a mother myself so I understand the overwhelming need to protect one's children, but Oliver's mom takes a shot at her confidence and even begins to blame Olive's aunt for the role that Olive wants to play in the 5th grade showcase. I don't think that relationship was explored enough and I couldn't find a way to justify her mother's before. There is a sequel to this graphic novel called CAMP. I'm not sure whether I plan to read it yet or not.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    With a large stack of books in my living room and plenty of ARCs to review, I should have more than enough reading to keep me busy. Yet, I am going through a middle grade and YA graphic novel phase and I just cannot kick it. C'est la vie! I could connect with 5th grader, Olive who feels excluded from her friends variety show plans. My mother was definitely Olive's mother wanting to call and intercede on behalf of her introverted daughter. Thanks goodness, Olive has Aunt Molly who decides to supp With a large stack of books in my living room and plenty of ARCs to review, I should have more than enough reading to keep me busy. Yet, I am going through a middle grade and YA graphic novel phase and I just cannot kick it. C'est la vie! I could connect with 5th grader, Olive who feels excluded from her friends variety show plans. My mother was definitely Olive's mother wanting to call and intercede on behalf of her introverted daughter. Thanks goodness, Olive has Aunt Molly who decides to support her niece and give her some opportunity for Olive to find her way. A very touching story. Goodreads review published 21/11/21

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    My takeaway is that aunts are the best! 2020 challenge: a book written by an author in their twenties

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hilda

    Places, everyone...Olive just wants to find hers. This was such a cute books and I loved Olive's #HomeTeam her true click, her family. Family was big in this story. It was so evident that they loved each other and were always going to help each other. I loved her mom and aunt. How different they were and would still, as adults, would fight. It was both real and endearing. They would fight but also loved each other very much. And they loved Olivia and her brother Simon just as much if not more. Ol Places, everyone...Olive just wants to find hers. This was such a cute books and I loved Olive's #HomeTeam her true click, her family. Family was big in this story. It was so evident that they loved each other and were always going to help each other. I loved her mom and aunt. How different they were and would still, as adults, would fight. It was both real and endearing. They would fight but also loved each other very much. And they loved Olivia and her brother Simon just as much if not more. Olive had to deal with two very big problems. 1) Not being included 2) How to tell your friend "no" without them hating you. The story itself was kind of simple to me. It was cute but not too deep. However, I can see this book being a great platform to talk about these issues. How do you ask to be included OR how to do you include others? How do you build relationships? How do you tell a friend no without losing that friendship? The topics were deep. I just wish the story had a little more meat to it. The solutions seemed too easy, but I'm an adult. I know my students would love this story and want to put on a play. GAH! I still remember the group that was fascinated with puppets. Side note, no one tells you going into education the things you will research and purchase for your students.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    I loved this graphic novel! This book took me right back to my middle grade years and the roller coaster of emotions that ensues middle school! Olive’s fifth grade class is having a talent show and all her friends have paired off with other kids for their act, leaving Olive on her own. As everyone continues to practice for their act, Olive feels more and more alone. I think so many middle graders can relate to the emotions that Olive goes through. Some days you feel on top of the world with the I loved this graphic novel! This book took me right back to my middle grade years and the roller coaster of emotions that ensues middle school! Olive’s fifth grade class is having a talent show and all her friends have paired off with other kids for their act, leaving Olive on her own. As everyone continues to practice for their act, Olive feels more and more alone. I think so many middle graders can relate to the emotions that Olive goes through. Some days you feel on top of the world with the best of friends, and the next day, not a single friend. I totally clicked with this story and Olive!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    The fifth grade talent show is coming up soon, and Olive is worried that none of her classmates have asked her to team up for an act. Does she have the guts to fly solo, or should she try to join in with a group that may not want her? This is a fine graphic for youngsters about cliques, friendship, and self-discovery. It is Miller's debut novel, and both her story and artwork are top-notch. I'm looking forward to much, much more from this talented young artist. The fifth grade talent show is coming up soon, and Olive is worried that none of her classmates have asked her to team up for an act. Does she have the guts to fly solo, or should she try to join in with a group that may not want her? This is a fine graphic for youngsters about cliques, friendship, and self-discovery. It is Miller's debut novel, and both her story and artwork are top-notch. I'm looking forward to much, much more from this talented young artist.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Marshall

    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. 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Very obviously targeted toward elementary school readers, this is a very effective story about a fifth grader dealing with cliques, the feeling of being left out, and the desire to fit in. I saw on the last page a second volume is already planned, so I've put it on hold it at the library. Very obviously targeted toward elementary school readers, this is a very effective story about a fifth grader dealing with cliques, the feeling of being left out, and the desire to fit in. I saw on the last page a second volume is already planned, so I've put it on hold it at the library.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Iman

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Olive is super excited about her class' variety show, but she feels in the lurch when all her friends pair off to create their own acts and no one asks her to be a part of their group. Olive has never felt like she's lacking friends, so why do none of them want her in their group? I wasn't sure about this when I first started, but it really grew on me! I liked Miller's approach to middle school social dynamics and "cliques" - instead of a story where a girl is isolated because she *doesn't* have Olive is super excited about her class' variety show, but she feels in the lurch when all her friends pair off to create their own acts and no one asks her to be a part of their group. Olive has never felt like she's lacking friends, so why do none of them want her in their group? I wasn't sure about this when I first started, but it really grew on me! I liked Miller's approach to middle school social dynamics and "cliques" - instead of a story where a girl is isolated because she *doesn't* have friends, Olive feels isolated because she has so many friends but isn't best friends with any of them. I feel so odd saying this as an adult, but this is something I could relate to so much. When I was in my 20s, I was friends with a lot of people I met at school and work, but had drifted from my closest high school friends (due to being busy with school and work, ironically). This left me in situation where I felt like I was friendly with a lot of people, but I was sorely lacking in a core group or 1-2 best friends. It's a weird feeling, and often frustrating and unpleasant and Miller very accurately depicts that. The solution to Olive's conundrum was nice too - sometimes it's okay to just do things on your own, and her idea also uplifted and supported her friends. The art is perfect for this type of story - very graphic and cartoony, with bold lines and bright colours. This will 100% appeal to fans of Raina Telgemeier and I'm always happy to have more readalikes for her in my arsenal for work. I'm so pleased that Miller already has a follow-up to this published. I already have a copy on hold at work and look forward to reading it. :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    vanessa

    Definitely would recommend this to young children who ask for Raina Telgemeier read-a-likes. This was missing a spark for me, but I think the idea is very believable and relatable for elementary-aged children (where do I fit in? is it better to have many acquaintances or one best friend?). The illustrations are cute. I would read the next book in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    D.T. Henderson

    Cute and relatable

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diz

    This is a tale about how to deal with friendship groups for young readers. It deals with that issue well, but the story and the characters were a bit bland. The art style is cute, though.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cherlynn (cherreading)

    Don't be fooled by the middle-grade label — this is a cute read that many will be able to resonate with. Heck, I’m in my 20s and I found it relatable. Really enjoyed seeing Olive come into her own. Also, I love Goober 😂 Don't be fooled by the middle-grade label — this is a cute read that many will be able to resonate with. Heck, I’m in my 20s and I found it relatable. Really enjoyed seeing Olive come into her own. Also, I love Goober 😂

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Cute illustrations and story! A great suggestion for those who enjoy Raina Telgemeier's books. Popsugar Challenge 2020 - A book written by an author in their 20's Cute illustrations and story! A great suggestion for those who enjoy Raina Telgemeier's books. Popsugar Challenge 2020 - A book written by an author in their 20's

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    This was an adorable graphic novel about wanting to fit in with your friends and trying to find your own path! I loved Olive's aunt Molly, she was a great adult that Olive had in her life. This was an adorable graphic novel about wanting to fit in with your friends and trying to find your own path! I loved Olive's aunt Molly, she was a great adult that Olive had in her life.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    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 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 grade, especially those who like Raina Telgemeier.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    This debut graphic novel does a great job modelling problem-solving. Olive is in the 5th grade and enjoys spending time with lots of different kids. When it is time to decide on an act for the 5th Grade Variety Show it seems like Olive is the odd girl out -- everyone else is in a group. While she ponders that dilemma her Aunt Molly comes up with a great way to research variety shows and Olive has her "aha" moment. I especially liked the dream sequences and the way Olive's mother restrained herse This debut graphic novel does a great job modelling problem-solving. Olive is in the 5th grade and enjoys spending time with lots of different kids. When it is time to decide on an act for the 5th Grade Variety Show it seems like Olive is the odd girl out -- everyone else is in a group. While she ponders that dilemma her Aunt Molly comes up with a great way to research variety shows and Olive has her "aha" moment. I especially liked the dream sequences and the way Olive's mother restrained herself from jumping to the rescue. A great start to a new middle grade graphic novel series!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cadee

    "I liked the book because Olive wants to host her classes variety show. She has a ton of friends and is in fifth grade. She ended up trying to host it and it ended so I hope she did okay. I already read Camp and this one was supposed to come before it. Owell. I'll read the third one now." -Cadee, age 8 "I liked the book because Olive wants to host her classes variety show. She has a ton of friends and is in fifth grade. She ended up trying to host it and it ended so I hope she did okay. I already read Camp and this one was supposed to come before it. Owell. I'll read the third one now." -Cadee, age 8

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christiana

    My new favorite Raina Telgemeier read-alike. Was I bought by the cool aunt storyline? WHO'S TO SAY. My new favorite Raina Telgemeier read-alike. Was I bought by the cool aunt storyline? WHO'S TO SAY.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marathon County Public Library

    Olive seems to be friends with everyone in her 5th grade class. She has friends on the bus, in science class, and on the playground. When Mr. Florez announces the annual 5th Grade Variety Show, Olive is ecstatic! Before she knows it, everyone seems to have a group for the variety show, except Olive. Olive realizes she doesn't belong to a clique. While Olive is friends with everyone, she realizes she hasn't "clicked" with anyone in particular and doesn't have a best friend. With some help from he Olive seems to be friends with everyone in her 5th grade class. She has friends on the bus, in science class, and on the playground. When Mr. Florez announces the annual 5th Grade Variety Show, Olive is ecstatic! Before she knows it, everyone seems to have a group for the variety show, except Olive. Olive realizes she doesn't belong to a clique. While Olive is friends with everyone, she realizes she hasn't "clicked" with anyone in particular and doesn't have a best friend. With some help from her cool Aunt Molly, Olive learns the true value of friendship and how to "click" with the most important person in Olive's life: herself. This graphic novel is recommended for any fans of "Smile" and "Sisters" by Raina Telgemeier and "Roller Girl" by Victoria Jamieson. If you are a tween who loves graphic novels about kids like you, you will love this debut graphic novel by Kayla Miller. Taylor W. / Marathon County Public Library

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Cute. I liked the sweet family dynamic. Popsugar 2020-A book written by an author in their 20's Cute. I liked the sweet family dynamic. Popsugar 2020-A book written by an author in their 20's

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hadia

    Really enjoyed this short, quirky and fun story about a girl trying to figure out where she fits in.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janna

    cute!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janet C-B

    Click is the first Graphic Novel that I have ever read. It is about Olive, a girl in 5th grade who is having a problem figuring out how to fit in with her friends. As an older adult, I can remember a period of time when I was in the same spot. I could relate to Olive and felt sad as she went through her awkward period. I thought the story was realistic, and I enjoyed reading about how Olive’s mom and Aunt Molly went about trying to help. The illustrations enhanced the story. After reading this G Click is the first Graphic Novel that I have ever read. It is about Olive, a girl in 5th grade who is having a problem figuring out how to fit in with her friends. As an older adult, I can remember a period of time when I was in the same spot. I could relate to Olive and felt sad as she went through her awkward period. I thought the story was realistic, and I enjoyed reading about how Olive’s mom and Aunt Molly went about trying to help. The illustrations enhanced the story. After reading this Graphic Novel, I understand why the format is appealing. I think this is a great book for a child / young teen, who is going through a rough patch. The end of the story might miss the mark for a child/young teen who is having more serious social issues. I rate the book 4 stars.

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