Title: Meet JulieMeet Julie
Author: Megan McDonald
Illustrator: Robert Hunt
Pages: 93
Reading Level: 7-10
Star Rating:

Introducing Julie of the American Girls!

The Story.

Julie Albright isn’t keen on the idea of moving. Sure, she’s staying in the same city, but it won’t be the same not living with dad and all. Plus, she won’t be able to play with her best friend, Ivy, everyday and the apartment has a ‘no pets’ rule which means she can’t bring her rabbit, Nutmeg. It seems like things just can’t get any worse.

But they do. Julie decides that, to help overcome her loneliness, she’ll join the school basketball team. The only problem? The team is an all boys team and the coach refuses to let her join it.

To Julie this is the last straw. She decides to launch a campaign in the hopes of earning the right to play basketball with the boys. But will people agree with her? Will she finally be allowed in?

Discussion.

I really enjoyed the American Girl series growing up. I read the complete Felicity, Josephina, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, Kit, and Molly and loved how each set of books followed the same pattern. Meet Josephina, Josephina Learns a Lesson, Merry Christmas Josephina…

However, the content of the books depended on the setting of the particular series. Kirsten was relatively innocent – after all, she was a Swedish girl who became an American pioneer. Likewise Addy and Josephina were both relatively sweet. Molly was set during WWII and Samantha during the women’s suffragette movement of the early twentieth century. And then there’s Julie.

This is the only book I’ve read from the Julie series. And frankly, it didn’t leave me wanting to read any of the others. It’s set in the 1970s – a time of shifting values and morals. Julie’s parents are divorced and Julie is having to learn to handle the conflicting emotions that arise from knowing that your parents dislike each other enough to break their wedding vows and live separately. It’s no wonder that, in her exciteable state, she launches herself at the first non-family obstacle that stands in her path.

I believe in equal opportunities for men and women. I believe it’s fine for girls to participate in sports – I’ve done so myself. But the whole way the discussion is framed in Meet Julie is obviously meant to display the most savage form of feminism – replete with calling the coach who dares to maintain the school’s all-boy team policy a ‘male chauvinist pig’.

Um…. really?!?

Julie checks her horoscope in the newspaper and refers to many different TV shows.

Conclusion. Definitely not a favorite. Read Josephina, Kirsten, and Addy first.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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