I read this book in 7th grade and it was pretty good. I can really relate to Kate, because I have felt left out before too. When I entered middle school, I had no classes with my best friend and we started to kind of drift apart. I felt left out and alone because she made new friends, but I was kind of shy so I didn't make very many new friends. Anyway, I really liked Kate. I could not sympathize with Marilyn, because she was mean to Kate and she let herself be pushed around by her other friends. This is a story about growing up and it captures the life of middle school girls perfectly. I recommend it to all middle school girls.