Everything I Know About You

320p. Aladdin. Jun. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534405073.
Gr 4–7—Seventh grader Tally Martin has a strong sense of self and celebrates what makes her unique. She is adopted and has close relationships with her supportive family; she describes herself as large and shows great confidence and body positivity; she has a quirky fashion sense and doesn't much care what others think of her—especially the "clonegirls" at school. Unfortunately, Tally is stuck rooming with head "clonegirl" Ava during a field trip to Washington, D.C. Determined to use the trip as an opportunity to learn more about Ava, Tally soon begins to notice some worrisome behaviors indicative of an eating disorder. Unsure of the best way to help Ava, Tally struggles with whether to tell someone what's going on, especially when Ava threatens to post an embarrassing photo of Tally online if she doesn't keep Ava's secrets. Eventually, Tally comes forward with what she knows, and Ava begins treatment for anorexia. Dee's acknowledgments briefly touch on her own personal experience with disordered eating, and back matter includes additional resources for those seeking help or further information. Though other characters lack the same dimension, Tally is a refreshing middle grade character who is never defined unilaterally. Her efforts to navigate the complexities of adolescent friendships and ever-evolving social circles will resonate with readers. Ava's struggle with anorexia is portrayed with care and makes an important subject accessible for a younger audience.
VERDICT While perhaps tied up a little too neatly, the author succeeds in weaving together threads of self-acceptance, individuality, what it means to be a friend, and even responsible Internet use. A strong addition to library collections.

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