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Twelve-year-old Gabby Weiss is in the market for a stepmother. If only her father would cooperate, Gabby would have someone to tell her what is and isn' t happening to her body. For awhile her father' s girlfriend, Cleo, forms a bond with Gabby. But when the adults break up, Gabby' s hopes for a stepmother are shattered. Still, sharing feelings with a woman has awakened GaTwelve-year-old Gabby Weiss is in the market for a stepmother. If only her father would cooperate, Gabby would have someone to tell her what is and isn' t happening to her body. For awhile her father' s girlfriend, Cleo, forms a bond with Gabby. But when the adults break up, Gabby' s hopes for a stepmother are shattered. Still, sharing feelings with a woman has awakened Gabby' s curiosity about her own mother' s mysterious death. Once and for all, Gabby is determined to discover the truth....

Title : What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows
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ISBN : 9780440418528
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 213 Pages
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What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows Reviews

  • Alison
    2019-04-16 12:38

    A nice story that does tackle a tough issue but that doesn't feel like an "issue-y" teen book. The main character has something missing in her life that most other people have, and while the author treats this issue with the right amount of heft, it's not all dark and depressing. And she makes sure there are other story elements going on besides just the main "problem" this character has. Also the characters were fairly well developed, instead of just feeling like "the brother," "the dad," etc. They actually had personality traits. Overall I would have liked the main character's' voice to be more funny or quirky, I guess, but that's maybe just a personal preference. It's a sweet story.I picked up this book out of curiosity because I took an online creative writing course with the writer, Nora Raleigh Baskin.(It's for grades 5-7; ages 9-12)

  • Zoe G
    2019-04-10 11:00

    I really enjoyed this book! I liked this book because I could relate to the book and you felt like you were the main character in the story. I would recommend this book to girls ages 12-14.

  • Zoe
    2019-04-05 13:59


  • Enia
    2019-03-26 10:35

    Really fun.

  • Marianne Su
    2019-04-09 09:36

    What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows by Nora Raleigh Baskin, is the story of drama, conflict, a story bittersweet and emotionally complex. This is the story of Gabby Weiss, who has lost her mother since she was three. She seems to have found a new mother when her father’s girlfriend is arriving at her house and staying longer, but everything goes downhill from there. Now Gabby needs to find once again what she lost, from just her backyard to the crowded streets of New York City. Whenever you lose someone it's best to talk about them, so that they never truly disappear. This falls into the realistic fiction category because throughout the book she is going through puberty, and without a mother to tell her what to do is quite traumatizing.During the story it seems that Gabby blames herself for her mother's death, especially when she needs her mother the most.When Gabby facing facts that she may never have a mother, there is no help from her family. Her brother, Ian seems to be lost in his own thoughts, while her father is too busy working on his art projects and studies.If I were to rate this book, I would give it 4 stars. Mainly, because she is going through puberty, the transition of turning into a woman, and with having to cope with no mother to tell her what to do. I would recommend this book to whomever is suffering a loss, and to tell them that they aren't alone.

  • Alondra
    2019-04-20 09:35

    This passage was about how a girl doesnt have a mom but only a dad and doesn't have anyone to depend on .She wants to have a girl in her life.So her dad meets a girl . they date but then they break up.It made me feel good and blessed that I have a mom.I learned that having only boys in your family is hard.I would recomened this book to my friends that are girls beacuse it really helps you feel blessed and happy that u have a mom.

  • Kashfia
    2019-04-16 05:50

    Book reviewIn What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows by Nora Raleigh Baskin,the character Gabby Weiss is going through puberty. A mom is who guides you through these awkward changes, but a mom is what Gabby doesn't have. She is in the market of finding a stepmom only if her dad would cooperate. Finally her dad found a girlfriend Cleo. Now bonding with Cleo Gabby was very excited to have a door open to womanhood. When the adults go their separate ways Gabby was again left with her dad and her brother. With Cleo gone Gabby now feels lonely as if she is blinded in a dark room all by herself. Bonding with Cleo Gabby has opened a door of curiosity about her mom. How did she die or more importantly why did her mom die? All secrets will be revealed. This was a great and amazing book! It was full of mysteries. I especially loved how the author put the book in two parts. One part was life with Cleo and the second part was about how she goes to find out about her and her adventure to where her mom took her last breath. I like the author's writing style because you can't tell right away if Gabby will like Cleo or will she find out what happened to her mom. She is also descriptive with the characters feelings and perspective. I also like the ending because it was so sad and happy at the same time. This is why the book was so great. After reading this I had great respect for my mom. I would recommend this book only to girls. This book will be a great book for sixth graders and older. I hope no elementary kids read this because there are some inappropriate plots. Also if you like despairing and relationship books you would like this book. I would recommend this to many of my friends. Enjoy!

  • Linden
    2019-04-20 13:58

    I'm always grateful for book surprises, especially when the cover design hasn't particularly called to me. What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows is about Gabby Weiss, a young teenager who is working hard in converging directions. She is trying to figure out who she is as well as trying to understand what it means to be a girl. Her mother died when she was three and so she has no one to ask about such ideas, having only a dad and an older brother. Her father is dating Cleo, someone Gabby hopes will become a permanent family member. Although Gabby enjoys Cleo's straight-forwardness--direct, honest conversation-- and the fact that Cleo clearly likes her, Gabby is not sure if she can risk asking her deepest concerns.While most reviews pay attention to Gabby's lack of first-hand memories of her mother and the seeming mystery of it, I find the salient aspect of the story to be how Gabby reacts to the absence in her daily life. That absence is underlined by how the words "your mother" are only rarely said in her presence, as if etiquette requires people to remain silent about family members who have died. Even the language commonly used about death, such as "passed on", contributes to that silence in which Gabby lives.I loved the missteps Gabby makes, in light of how she works to maintain her integrity and friendships. And so how she comes to terms with her daily life, her past, and her loss, can only come about as part of her bigger work of self-discovery.Usual borrowers: Grades 5-8Genre: People and Relationships

  • Katie
    2019-04-07 08:46

    I don't typically like middle grade contemporaries, but this one was pretty good! I mean, it was still strange for me as an adult because I found I identified more with the protagonists' father and I understood what was really going on better (and sooner) than she did. I also didn't like how gender-specific things got. The things Gabby thinks of as "girl things" like what to wear or how to wear makeup, cooking, being a good hostess, ect I found kind of problematic, and the other things, e.g being nice to people, or talking about emotions, to be things that everyone, not just girls, should know and things people don't necessarily have to learn from their mothers alone. I think the story would have been better served if it had stuck with things Gabby really couldn't talk to her father about, like what to do when she got her period for the first time, or whether or not her side-boob fat was "normal" (which was a great scene by the way.)But, I also think this could be an important book for a 12 or 13-year old girl to read. I remember having the same emotions and fears that Gabby does when I was in middle school, and the way she navigates them isn't perfect, but that's okay. This book depicted the problems faced by a girl in middle school in a much more real way than I am used to seeing. Plus the river metaphor running throughout the story was pretty sophisticated for a middle grade story. It definitely would have been too "nail on the head" for an older audience, but for a middle school reader its pretty smart.

  • Kendra
    2019-03-28 08:38

    What Every Girl (Except Me) Knowsby Nora Raleigh Baskin224pp USAYearling ISBN 9780440418528TO be a teen without a mother is like your missing someone to help you with your personal problems. 12 year old gabby can't wait and wants her father to get a wife so she can talk and be like a girl growing with help.Finally her father gets a girlfriend and gabby and her are starting to get used to each other.But then Gabby's hopes are shattered when the parents break up.Then during all this brother and sister want to learn more about the mystery of how their mother died.And why didn't they have help.This story really show how life can be cruel and turn back to being good when you try and work things out.Also this book tells about the experiences of girls and guys who don't have a mother to listen to and talk to. Both bother and sister want to know the story of their mothers death which is interesting because they only have bits and pieces.My favorite part was when Gabby and her brother work together and go back to where there mother died to find out more about the death and at the end they found somethings the forgot. And also when cleo leaves and things change.This was interesting especially when she leaves she tears a page out and gabby by this is devastated and left of that page was just the side and a post it "I'm sorry..".

  • Elida
    2019-03-25 11:57

    Elida AlmarazMs.KwanAdvisory901/9DWhat every Girl (except me) knowsBy: Nora Raleigh BaskinBook Review What every Girl (except me) knows by Nora Raleigh Baskin is about a twelve year old girl named Gabby.Gabby lives with her father and stepmother. Gabby 's mother died when Gabby was three. It is hard For a girl to grow up when they don't have their mother. this is how the character Gabby expresses herself. Gabby hates the fact that nobody has taught her anything about going through women hood. She wants to know more about her mother and decides to retract and find clues that would lead to news or information on her mother. This book is very touching, I could easily make connections to it. There are certain themes that are stronger than others such as: hate, love, trust, anger and confusion. confusion is a stage in which Gabby has to go through very often. Gabby feels left out because she isn't sure of certain things and has many fears she is going to have learn how to overcome. Gabby feels love trust and anger towards her father and stepmother Cleo because she feels like they are no help, although she has affection towards them. Determination is an important theme because it is what makes Gabby want to go back to the past to find out about her mother.

  • Jessica Mitchell
    2019-04-23 05:37

    Jessica Mitchell, 10Review for 'What Every Girl (Except me) Knows'Nora Raleigh Baskin I really, really, liked this book. I felt like i could relate to it a lot, even though i'm only in fifth grade, and i'm only 10. I felt like the friendly relationship between Taylor and Gabby kind of represented me and my best friend, Tamara, so as you can imagine, i really liked reading the parts with Taylor in it.I also think that a certain part in this book will help older elementary schoolers and middle schoolers because in those...certain pages, Gabby had her first period. This book tells girls to stay calm when it happens, if they're by themselves.The reason I didn't give this book 5 stars was that the writing was a teensy tiny bit slow, and some things sort of repeat. Example, in just about every 3 chapters, Gabby thought about how many secrets the river held. And by slow, I mean that the thing sort of sounded like a list. (But not all of it!) I know that doesn't really mean what I mean is, sometimes, the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere.

  • Chrisanne
    2019-04-21 07:34

    I read this book with a 15 year old that I have mentored and tutored for many years. She struggles with reading so it can be difficult to find a book she wants to read and will read. We both enjoyed reading and discussing this book. It's well written and tells a unique story that opened my eyes to how very difficult it is for a girl to grow up without a mother or adult female to guide you through life as a pre-teen and teen. Gabby, the protagonist, was likable and realistically created as an intelligent, observant girl trying to find her place while her body and family dynamics changed in somewhat unexpected ways. I recommend this book.

  • Victoria Garcia
    2019-04-13 09:44

    I thought this book was amazingly good. This book is one of those books where you feel like everything that is happening to her is happening to you. This book leaves off at a happy ending and makes you want to read more of her books. This book is about a girl who is trying to figure out how to become a woman without having a mom. It has some suspense in it and in the middle becomes a little sad but like I said ends with a happy ending. If you like more action I would not reccomend this book to you. However, I do suggest reading this if you like fiction.

  • Serena
    2019-04-05 11:44

    Girls, this book is amazing.It's about a girl who's mother died when she was younger, and now she has a stepmom. Her stepmom is really mean to her, and sweet when the girls father is around. Finally, the girl decides that she is going to find out how her mother died. This requires a HUGE adventure. From wandering into the city alone without permission, to trying to find her mom's room, she finally finds out about the mysterious curse that killed her mom....I recommend this to every girl in Fountain 6!

  • Diana Hochhalter
    2019-03-27 06:40

    I thought this book was a great story. The main character in the story is Gabby and she is looking for a new best friend. Her luck has come when a new girl named Taylor shows up and they become best friends. My favorite part of the book is when Gabby went up to the popular girls at school and stood up for Taylor. The part I didn't like was when Gabby called Amber a bad word. Overall this book was very good and I encourageyou to read this book.

  • Gabrielle
    2019-04-24 13:32

    I really enjoyed this book. Gabby (Gabrielle) Weiss is a girl growing up without a mother who is trying to find answers both about her changing self and her mother's early death when Gabrielle was only three. Poignant and thoughtful, magical and praiseworthy, this is a great book, especially for girls in grades 5-8.

  • Kimberly Harrison
    2019-04-15 10:00

    I had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Baskin speak at my school, and even as an adult found her inspiring. I wanted to start with her first published work (after many, many rejections) and was glad that I did. It's a little different from the average coming of age story, and the metaphor of the Walkill river valley flooding rounds the whole thing out.

  • Amy DeMordaunt
    2019-04-04 11:39

    A coming of age book that had its moments. Of course her mom died, so that's why she doesn't know girl stuff, and sometimes I just want all the kids to have 2 parents and love in their lives. A happy quote from the book, "These were such friendly people, they didn't notice how crabby we were, and before you knew it everyone was as happy as they were." We need to be that kind of family!

  • Cathe Olson
    2019-03-30 09:42

    This was a great coming-of-age book about 12-year-old Gabby who has grown up without a mother and desperately wants one so she can know what all the other girls at school know. She seems to always say, do, and wear the wrong thing. This is a great story of friendship and growing up. Highly recommended for 5th grade and up.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-24 10:38

    Okay, I'll fully admit I'm a big ole softie, but this book made me tear up a bit. SPOILER! I have a wonderful mother and a wonderful step-mother and I was just heart broken when Cleo left. I loved the characters, I loved YBFs and I just feel all nice and warm inside after reading it. Quick and easy read, with a lovely and cute message.

  • Gabby Weiss
    2019-04-01 05:36

    I read this book a long time ago. A friend told me I had to read it because the main character had the same name as me! I have read this book at least 5 times just for that reason, so I may be a bit biased when I say it's a great book!!

  • Elia
    2019-04-11 10:48

    This is an excellent book about a young girl who is growing up without a mother. When her father gets a girl friend she thinks everything will be OK. but when something happens she must face the challenges of puberty alone.

  • Paris Henderson
    2019-04-10 13:34

    This by far is my favorite in the world. The book is all about a teenage girl becoming a young wormen. She is learning the roadas of life and learning how to find herself. In the story the girl starts puberity,

  • Carrie Shaurette
    2019-04-06 10:41

    12-year-old Gabby is trying to figure out how to grow into a woman without a mother in this poignant tale. With its thin page count, brisk pace and sympathetic narrator, this will be an easy middle school sell.

  • Chelsea
    2019-03-29 05:54

    A novel I used to love that disappointed me a bit upon a second reading. I also was surprised by the darkness of a particular event inside an otherwise light, fluffy read. It jarred me a bit. Otherwise, just okay.

  • Alexis
    2019-03-30 13:36

    Gabby has grown up with out a mother... She didn't even remember having one. But she gets a step mother and a new friend an things spiral down after that... This book is really sad and at some points really happy! But it was amazayn!!! :P ZaynThat was for you daisy

  • Erin
    2019-03-29 12:47

    Reading this one for school...

  • Sophiejpuma pullen
    2019-04-11 11:47

    This book was a Great book especially because i am at the age of gabby and i feel that i can unsderstand her

  • ♥Dee♥
    2019-03-28 06:47

    it was OK