2022 Book Review: Just Right Jillian

Just Right Jillian

Just Right Jillian by Nicole D Collier

MG Contemporary, Coming in February 2022 from Clarion Books, 224 Pages

What I Didn’t Like:

  • I wanted a bit more of the other characters. Granted, this is Jillian’s story (obviously) and we do get a little of the others. But if I said I wasn’t wondering what home is like for Marquez and William, I’d be lying! I’m just saying, I see spin off potential here. 

What I Did Like:

  • Jillian. She’s relatable, adorable, and totally realistic. Middle grade readers will relate to her struggles and root for her. 
  • Realistic goals. Jillian isn’t looking to win the Nobel Prize in fifth grade. Her goals are realistic and relatable. Her struggles are real. 
  • Friendship goals. I loved how this friend group formed naturally without struggle or force. I like how we started the book feeling isolated and developed into one of the group. It was comforting and beautiful. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Middle grade readers! Teachers, this should be a staple in a classroom from 4th up to even 6th grade. The struggles will relate to what kids go through and the journey is inspiring. 

My Rating: 4 Stars.

This is a wonderful middle grade contemporary book. 

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