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Millicent Min is having a bad summer. Her fellow high school students hate her for setting the curve. Her fellow 11-year-olds hate her for going to high school. And her mother has arranged for her to tutor Stanford Wong, the poster boy for Chinese geekdom. But then Millie meets Emily. Emily doesn't know Millicent's IQ score. She actually thinks Millie is cool. And if MilliMillicent Min is having a bad summer. Her fellow high school students hate her for setting the curve. Her fellow 11-year-olds hate her for going to high school. And her mother has arranged for her to tutor Stanford Wong, the poster boy for Chinese geekdom. But then Millie meets Emily. Emily doesn't know Millicent's IQ score. She actually thinks Millie is cool. And if Millie can hide her awards, ignore her grandmother's advice, swear her parents to silence, blackmail Stanford, and keep all her lies straight, she just might make her first friend. What's it gong to take? Sheer genius....

Title : Millicent Min, Girl Genius
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ISBN : 9780439771313
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Millicent Min, Girl Genius Reviews

  • Pricky
    2019-02-01 20:46

    Last year, I attended an author panel featuring Lisa Yee. She was pretty funny and entertaining so curiously I decided to read Millicent Min--not exactly my first choice of read...I'm much more of a sci/fi-paranormal kind of a girl and the last time I read any middle grade "coming of age" book was Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and that was way back in 5th grade.Millicent certainly surprised me. Her blind confidence, sarcasm, and wit make her a delight to read. There were a couple of times that her thought process had me laughing out loud.While Millicent is a genius in extremes (an 11-year-old high school Junior), there were aspects I found myself connected to: the longing to be included yet the self-preservation of using your "identity" as a shield. Millicent's entire life has been focused on her intelligence and she uses it to protect herself from the friendships she so desperately wants until she meets Emily who knows nothing of her intelligence. As she tries to keep her identity a secret, she ends up discovering that your identity is part of you but is not the whole part.I really connected with this story personally: having a brother who skipped a grade, another brother who aced the CA mathematics test, and a dad who thought it would be fun for the kids to memorize pi to 30 digits. So I've had first hand experience with how challenging it can be to have other people understand and connect with you.I really enjoyed this and even though Yee made Millicent into an intellectual "Asian," it wasn't full of stereotypical cliches; Instead, she incorporated other characteristics which made you see past the stereotypical Asian family/type. An entertaining quick read that will appeal to readers who may feel unique or secluded from the "norm."

  • Kourtney
    2019-01-24 18:48

    Millicent Min Girl Genius is a fabulous story for introverts.Millicent says things that logical people may often have thought about emotional situations. She made me laugh out loud several times.The story is really well written with amazing voice. I can picture Millie hanging out with her grandmother and attending her college poetry class at 11 years old.Ms. Yee brilliantly captures the loneliness of being smart but socially awkward. All the character are well drawn and I enjoyed my time with each of them. It's about finding a friend and being afraid of losing them. Of learning to enjoy things in life like overpriced $4 cotton candy and rollercoaster rides that make you dizzy.A great book that I whipped through in one day!

  • Janette
    2019-02-19 19:53

    I bought this book for my daughter, and then read it before I gave it to her. It was way cute and had a great voice to it. Sometimes diary books tend to drag, because none of the action is happening in real time. It's always the main character's ruminations on the events that we read. Lisa pulled it off excellently. (She is, I'm pretty sure, a girl genius.) My only complaint was there were a few swear words that I wish weren't there. After all, the main character is eleven and since kids tend to read up by a couple of years, it's very young girls who are reading this book. That said, I'll definitely read more of Lisa's books.

  • Amy
    2019-01-23 17:38

    Absolutely charming and quite fun to read. Millicent Min is a girl genius who finally makes a friend who knows nothing about her or her abilities...but keeping the secret, and figuring out what other 11 year olds talk about, may be her biggest challenge yet. I was never an 11-year-old genius, but I certainly found portions of this relatable. Definitely recommended.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-01 23:05

    I SO wished that this book (and the other two of the series) had been around when I was 10 or 11 or so. There really is a dearth of Asian-American children's lit (or "ethnic" children's lit in general), and the few that exist often take an educational tone, feeling the need to over-generalize for an entire race or give a history lesson. This book is sublimely well-rounded--it's laugh-out-loud funny, but it's definitely a substantive book-it's an award winner and deals with real issues. The best part about this book/series is that the characters could really be any ethnicity; this book doesn't fall into the "Asian-American" category, appealing only to a fraction of the population. And yet there is much that Asian-American kids can relate to within the books. One of the hidden gems that I just loved is Yee's sense of place. This is definitely a Southern California book, more specifically a San Gabriel Valley one. This is not outright, but there are mentions of the Rialto Theater (in South Pasadena) and the Bruggemeyer Library (in Monterey Park), among other things. I highly recommend this book to all ages, but especially for the 10-12 age range.

  • Katherine
    2019-01-20 21:54

    This book is a very good book. It tells a story of a girl who basically is a genius and she is 13 and is GOING TO COLLEGE!!!! So then this mom calls her and wants Millicent to tutor Stanley (student) for some money. Then she aggrees to tutor him, but some things get away. Stanley avoids Millicent when his friends are near him,and he is a pain for Millicent to teach Stanley, but later on in the story he gets better and gets better grades!! But Millicent almost regreted that she aggreed to teach but in the end she is a very happy person!!!!

  • Chinook
    2019-02-09 21:00

    That was really sweet and funny. I can't wait to introduce it to the girls one day.

  • L.A.
    2019-02-17 16:54

    I'm not sure why I finished this book, as I lost interest about 3/4 of the way through. Ironically, it's possible that the reading level was too low for me (I love YA, but this is really more of a middle school read, and that's not my style). That being said, this would be a good book for kids who are struggling with Millicent's problem: being super book smart, but not so bright in the common sense department. Yee makes Millicent a very believable character. So believable, in fact, that it hurts. Millicent's studying poetry at the college level, but she also thinks her mom has a terminal disease (instead of the very obvious pregnancy symptoms she is manifesting, though possibly not so obvious to a tween). Some story elements verge on the stereotypical: Millicent is horrible at sports, and she's not very nice to people who aren't as smart as she is. That being said, her relationship with her parents was VERY believable, especially with her poor dad, who keeps trying to connect with Millicent over normal kid-type stuff, only to be rejected as childish and silly. Once we've established that Millicent is book smart and life stupid, Yee introduces Emily, a new girl who befriends Millicent, not knowing she's a genius. Having been burned in the past by people who make fun of her intellect, Millicent pretends to be normal, and actually fools Emily, who is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but is very kind (and also hurting over her parents' divorce, a subplot element that saves her personality from being extremely annoying).This is one of those books where people learn lessons, and as such, to an adult audience, it comes over a bit on the didactic side. If, however, you have a gifted child on your hands who needs a few gentle lessons in coping with her/his gifts, this book is a good call. It's also good for the average tween who might be more like Emily than Millicent, and help him/her develop compassion for somebody who can't help the way her/his brain works. I'm a bit too grown up to appreciate it now, but when I was Millicent's age, this book would have been a great comfort to me. Recommended for tween library collections.

  • Karina Escajeda
    2019-02-20 22:42

    I barely made it through this book, and i did so only by heavily skimming, ignoring the insufferably annoying narrator, Millicent,and the atrocious dialogue. I will not be using this in my classroom!

  • Heather Gallagher
    2019-02-03 18:03

    I read this book largely because it is referenced by editor Cheryl Klein in her insightful book Second Sight: An Editor's Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults. Included in Cheryl's book is the query letter that Yee sent pitching Millicent. The hook for Millicent is that she is literally a girl genius - she's skipped massively ahead at school and has been the subject of TV specials and newspaper articles on account of her high IQ. Where Millicent is lacking is in the sociability stakes - at 11 she is yet to have a real friend. And this is the premise for the book, Millicent finds 'a true friend' but hides her genius in order not to freak out the friend and in a bid to keep her. While I enjoyed this book, I found Millicent a difficult character to like. I think her social ineptness was supposed to be funny but I found it annoying. But perhaps this gripe is merely a reflection of how well Yee did in painting her as a character. I am about to begin post-graduate study on depictions of menstruation in juvenile fiction and there was a refreshingly honest account by Millicent's friend Emily about getting her first period (p132). Although it wasn't laugh out loud funny, I did grin to myself when I read Millicent's response... Was I supposed to congratulate her or tell her I was sorry? I don't suppose there's a Hallmark card for this sort of thing. I mean, what would it read? "A standing ovation for your first ovulation?"

  • Amita
    2019-01-22 19:42

    Millicent Min, Girl GeniusBy Lisa Yee272 PagesRealistic FictionRead May 2013 Even though Millicent Min is just eleven years old, she is in high school and doing a college poetry class. One day, her parents make her join a volleyball team. Since she has never been athletic and isn’t very social, Millicent is worried. Emily, a girl on the team, wants to be friends with her, but Emily doesn’t know the truth about Millicent’s I.Q. Before Emily is invited to Millicent’s house, all of Millicent’s trophies and awards are hidden. Millicent believes that if Emily learns about her smartness, Emily won’t like Millicent. But is Millicent right? And will she get caught in her own web of lies? I liked Millicent Min, Girl Genius. The story was good and the plot was intriguing. However, the story had some contradictions with real life. Usually, a school won’t let a student skip grades unless they are socially mature enough. Also, I don’t think that her parents would’ve let her skip so many grades just to be lonely. Even though these aspects would have been different in real life, the book was good. It felt like the author could write well from a gifted child’s point of view. Millicent Min, Girl Genius was a good read.

  • Heather
    2019-02-07 20:57

    Millicent Min, Girl Genius, is the debut novel of Lisa Yee. It is the story of an 11 year old girl who is finishing her junior year of high school. She decides to take a college course over the summer and also ends up tutoring a boy named Stanford, whom she has known her whole life and does not like. She doesn't have any friends until a new girl moves in the neighborhood named Emily. Millicent hides her genius from Emily because she thinks that Emily will not want to be her friend if she knows she is a genius. Also, Millicent's mother signs her up for volleyball to try and help Millicent feel more like a kid, something that Millicent feels is not needed. Thus ensues the very interesting summer of Millicent Min.Lisa Yee did a great job on her debut novel. Writing about an 11 year old in high school would see impossible to make realistic, but I feel that Lisa did a great job of bringing life to Millicent Min. The reader begins to see that being a genius may not be all its cracked up to be. I recommend this book for kids of all ages. It can help them see through the eyes of someone who is "different" and maybe gleen a better understanding that being different can be okay.

  • Jean
    2019-01-24 14:36

    Last Friday as I was flying from Denver to Omaha I looked down at the snow covered landscape and saw a little farm house. I wondered if someone in that farm house might be looking up at that exact moment at the jet stream in the sky and wondering if someone was looking down at them--:-) It's all about point of view. Which is what this look at the summer from Millicent Min's perspective is all about. Fun. Still, I think I like Emily best…what’s not to like about a “big boned” girl who likes black jelly beans? I did like that Millicent Min's grandma once left her grandpa at a gas station and drove off because she thought he was asleep in the back seat. (See, Lindsey, you're not the only one this has happened to :) My favorite quotes from the book:"What my parents kept failing to understand was how happy I was when I was alone with my books. There was no pressure to perform or be cute, and books never disappoint—unless, of course, you’ve chosen a bad one. But then you can always put it down and pick up another one without repercussions."and"It’s more work to be mean than to be nice."

  • Jess
    2019-01-27 15:57

    I was an avid reader as a little girl, and I read hundreds of books. But this book about a young Chinese-American girl with a genius IQ is an easy runner-up for my favorite childhood novel. This book begins with young Millie Min, precocious and antisocial, who is eager to experience college and get into the outside world at the tender age of eleven. She could read "In Cold Blood" at three years old and has a poster of Mona Lisa in her room, and when her mother signs her up for volleyball classes, she is utterly devastated.Cue new friendships with new people- her detested tutoree Stanford and her new best friend Emily, a vibrant and feminine girl who shows Millie a new side of childhood.To me, this a flawless summer read. The characters are delightful, from Millie's quirky grandmother to her amazing parents. The whole book is loaded with peaceful, home-y summer images that make you wish the weather was always warm, and the book really has wit and heart. I am no longer a little girl, but I still love this book.

  • Sofia Galvez
    2019-02-19 20:51

    4 Platypires for Millicent Min, Girl Genius I heard about the author from some blog about featuring books for Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Luckily my library had an audio version of Millicent Min. At first I was kinda put off by Millicent because she really did come up as stuck up and really naive. But being an 11 year old ,genius ,high school student does come with a few issues. I just took it that she really didn't learn to socialize. As the story unfolded, Millicent did show she had more layers to her personality. Even though it was hard for her to grasp that she was lacking emotionally. I did grow to like her a lot and truly enjoyed this story. I would recommend this for those looking for a light read.

  • Jenny C.
    2019-01-20 21:47

    This is a classic book that I didn't get a chance to read until now. Kudos to Lisa Yee for making a strong Asian American protagonist. I like how you're able to follow her journey of being smart in certain parts of her life but needing improvement in other areas. I did take out one star because sometimes Millicent is just too intelligent (even for me). I loved seeing the supporting characters, particularly the grandma. A great read that is realistic in dealing with feelings that arise during the teen years.

  • Joanna Eng
    2019-02-08 18:35

    Funny and sweet. I wish this book had been around for me to read when I was about 10 years old. It might have helped me take myself less seriously, although I probably wouldn't have deigned to read anything that wasn't a survival novel set in the woods, the tundra, or on the mean streets.

  • April
    2019-02-15 16:45

    So, I got this book for free from B&N YEARS ago and I didn't read it for a few months because I thought it would be kind of dumb. In some parts it was, but I'm glad I read it. It wasn't a waste of time.

  • Courtney
    2019-02-18 22:54

    Millicent Min was a fast and funny read. Somehow, I could relate to the girl genius. I liked how she was so smart and yet so clueless. She changed so much by the end of the book. I can't believe it was the author's first book.

  • Christine
    2019-01-20 20:48

    Millicent Min, as you can tell from the title is a girl genius and this book shows her life and obstacles she faced. Academics come very easily to Millicent, but she struggles greatly with her social life and circle. In the end she has only two friends....

  • Casey
    2019-01-26 21:04

    Millicent annoyed me.

  • Emma
    2019-01-20 14:58

    I read this forever ago at the library and for the past year or so have been looking for it. I HAVE FINALLY FOUND YOU AND YOU ARE A SERIES WHOA YES.

  • Alyssa
    2019-01-20 14:59

    A relative of mine wrote this.It is a good children's book but I read it too late in life and it just was a little too...well, 11 year old girl for me.

  • John Hively
    2019-02-02 16:39

    The book was well written and funny. The pacing was top-notch. That's something I've noticed about books edited by Cheryl Klein. She seems to put a premium on pacing, and she has it just right.

  • Carrie
    2019-02-05 15:37

    To be honest, I'm a teenage Asian girl and I couldn't identify with Millicent at all. I just thought she was downright obnoxious throughout the story.

  • Laine Malfoy ϟ
    2019-02-10 22:52

    Am I the only one who didn't like this book? I bought it in my school book fair. I thought it was great... but I was wrong. Good story line, quite relatable but too predictable.

  • Chloe
    2019-01-31 15:46

    pretty funny!!She's a real genius!:)

  • Irene
    2019-02-15 15:02

    I picked up this book because of my interest in diverse books, especially for children. The main character is an 11-year-old girl who happens to be Chinese. Race is not a central issue of the book, but Chinese-ness does make occasional appearances. (I found it interesting, perhaps even a little disappointing, that Millicent did not call her grandmother by any of the typical Chinese words for grandmother.)For the first few chapters, I felt uneasy. Millicent Min is a child genius, an 11-year-old who is just finishing up her junior year in high school. Each chapter is a journal entry, and Millicent's voice is both informal and pedantic, making for great humor. The first-person narration, however, is unreliable; Millicent seems unaware that other students treat her poorly, yet the reader sees the situation more clearly. I felt bad for Millicent, and wondered if other readers might laugh at her, just like her classmates. As the book progressed, though, Millicent became much more self-aware, her character more likable (she reminded me of the endearing Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory), and the uneasiness lifted. Heading into the book, I was also concerned that a Chinese child genius might feed too much into the model minority stereotype of all Chinese students being academically successful. This may have been true, but I think the other non-stereotypical Chinese characters more than balanced it out. Millicent tutors Stanford Wong, a Chinese boy who is a jock and not at all academically oriented; her parents are laid back and goofy, the opposite of tiger parents; her grandmother does have an interest in Feng Shui, but otherwise her grandparents were known mostly for being community activists.Mostly this book is about Millicent trying to figure out where she belongs, and how that sense of belonging relates to happiness. There is a very meaningful thread about the loss of a grandparent, perhaps making this book a relatable option for someone who has experienced the same. I have to admit that both Stanford and Emily (Millicent's best friend) had to grow on me, but in the end they won me over - Stanford by growing as a character, and Emily by being loyal and just the kind of friend Millicent needed.

  • Nushu
    2019-02-10 14:55

    Millicent Min is a really fun character to share perspectives with, since she's a total genius. The book starts out with her telling the readers about a joke she's going to write on people's yearbooks in Latin, which gives you a scope of who you're dealing with here.But seriously, Millicent is only 11, and really does want friends, and tries hard to make them. Emily is a really good friend to Millicent, so it's obvious why Millicent wants to be her friend. I still don't understand how Millicent thought hiding her IQ would be beneficial, though, because I think she should trust Emily enough to tell her she actually does go to high school. Stanford is fine, and he has his own retelling of the story in the sequel, Stanford Wong Flunk Big-Time. Millicent's parents are really nice and not too corny or anything (I hate it when authors make the protagonist against their parents, so luckily there was no such problem in this book), and so is her grandmother. The book is really funny because of how Millicent tries to over-interpret some situations and how she acts and talks (big words, in essence), and also because of her volleyball experiences. It's also sad at a couple of parts because all she wants is a friend, and even that's hard to get. Still, her report card (given in the book) and academic reports are very impressive, and it really puts being a genius into perspective.Overall, I'd give this book 4.5 stars. It's a perfect read for MG readers who think being genius must be easy. Check out more reviews on my blog:

  • Irene Chen
    2019-02-01 16:59

    I had never thought of writing a story with the same setting and characters and developing the characters into more than one book based on the number of characters. I learn to know Lisa Yee when I was doing my master studies and found some materials on Chinese immigrants. Now, after a couple of years I am a mother, and I finally pick up books written by her!Intelligent, funny, actually hilarious when reading is the pleasure of reading her books. I first read "Stanford Wong flunks big-time ", and then I would love to read more so I found this Millicent book.I also love how the afterwords are arranged, with some of the author's words, some Q&A for readers to explore, and more. The characters' voice are so vivid I can almost feel they are talking next door. And I have to admit some of Millie's preferred vocabulary are so hardly heard of before. A fun and delightful reading. :)