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The kids at prestigious Greycliff Academy are in for a surprise when their hero, Kirby Finn, turns out to be something he's not. To his friends at Greycliff Academy, Kirby seems to have it all: charm, brains, and a lucky streak that won't quit. He's also the notorious hero creating the snarky videos "7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up," which expose just how dumb adults can be. The kids at prestigious Greycliff Academy are in for a surprise when their hero, Kirby Finn, turns out to be something he's not. To his friends at Greycliff Academy, Kirby seems to have it all: charm, brains, and a lucky streak that won't quit. He's also the notorious hero creating the snarky videos "7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up," which expose just how dumb adults can be. Why would any kid want to become one of them?But there's also a mystery about Kirby. And when his best friend, Raja, finds out his secret, Kirby, Raja, and their friends have to grow up fast and face the world head-on.


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The kids at prestigious Greycliff Academy are in for a surprise when their hero, Kirby Finn, turns out to be something he's not. To his friends at Greycliff Academy, Kirby seems to have it all: charm, brains, and a lucky streak that won't quit. He's also the notorious hero creating the snarky videos "7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up," which expose just how dumb adults can be. The kids at prestigious Greycliff Academy are in for a surprise when their hero, Kirby Finn, turns out to be something he's not. To his friends at Greycliff Academy, Kirby seems to have it all: charm, brains, and a lucky streak that won't quit. He's also the notorious hero creating the snarky videos "7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up," which expose just how dumb adults can be. Why would any kid want to become one of them?But there's also a mystery about Kirby. And when his best friend, Raja, finds out his secret, Kirby, Raja, and their friends have to grow up fast and face the world head-on.

30 review for 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lost in Book Land

    Hello, hi, how are we all doing? The past few days have been rough (I feel like that is even an understatement) on top of the election, I have had a really rough week with some of my assignments for my graduate classes and I am just ready to fall into a comfortable spot and read (without my phone) for maybe days at this point and then vacation on my animal crossing island where I need to finish making my library. So last night (when I was having the worst time because this paper for my class will Hello, hi, how are we all doing? The past few days have been rough (I feel like that is even an understatement) on top of the election, I have had a really rough week with some of my assignments for my graduate classes and I am just ready to fall into a comfortable spot and read (without my phone) for maybe days at this point and then vacation on my animal crossing island where I need to finish making my library. So last night (when I was having the worst time because this paper for my class will haunt me) I decided to take some time away and finish reading 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up and try to clear my mind. SPOILERS AHEAD Kirby Finn is a legend at his school. Everyone loves him, all the kids want to be friends with him, and the girls crush hard on him. While everyone aside from the Principal that is who, thinks Kirby is the bane of his existence. Kirby and his group are the resistors are going to expose why being an adult is in fact not always awesome. However, while they are trying to expose the truth about being an adult the principal is trying to get Kirby kicked out. One member of Kirby’s resistance group is his best friend Raj, and as they work on their plans Raj, realizes that he does not know a lot about his best friend Kirby and that their maybe something more to this whole thing then anyone knows about. I really enjoyed my time with this graphic novel. I always love picking up graphic novels but I think last night especially this one helped to get my mind away from everything and keep my hands off my phone (because I was doom scrolling like a lot). At first, I really enjoyed how fun and cute this story was but as things progressed I got really interested in the story of Kirby and by the end I was hooked and wanted to know what was happening. (I will not be saying too much more about the plot because I do not want to give anything away). Overall, I really enjoyed the story of Kirby Finn and the resistors and would love to spend some time again with them in another story perhaps! (I mean there was a small cliff hanger)! Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars **Thank you so much to the publisher for the copy in exchange for an honest review

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss I get why this might appeal to students, but it was VERY mean spirited about teachers and not very realistic.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    I was so excited to see that Jimmy Gownley has a new book coming out. His Amelia Rules series is one of the most entertaining and sensitive sets of middle grade graphic novels I have ever read, and I have been waiting for him to do something new for years! Unfortunately, I have made the decision to abandon the digital ARC (which I downloaded from Edelweiss+) at the 40% mark. I have never read a middle grade book that was so cynical and negative about everything. The kids in this book are complet I was so excited to see that Jimmy Gownley has a new book coming out. His Amelia Rules series is one of the most entertaining and sensitive sets of middle grade graphic novels I have ever read, and I have been waiting for him to do something new for years! Unfortunately, I have made the decision to abandon the digital ARC (which I downloaded from Edelweiss+) at the 40% mark. I have never read a middle grade book that was so cynical and negative about everything. The kids in this book are completely disrespectful toward adults, way too concerned with grown-up issues, and they speak in a snarky, almost angry tone that feels really uncomfortable and unpleasant. The change in tone from Amelia Rules to this book is really jarring, and I ultimately just couldn't stick with a book it felt like a chore to read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Marley

    Very disapointed the lettering was also oddly smal and the kid characters seemed extra intolerant.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Kirby Finn is the spotlight that the other kids rotate around. They are better than, and know more than, the tired, depressing adults, and the kids try to right wrongs. This book was disjointed, trying to do too many things. Was it a feel good book? An examination action of growing up? I loved The Dumbest Idea Ever, but not this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carden C.

    I picked this up at my local bookstore and couldn’t put it down!! I read it in just one sitting. Gownley wrote a captivating story of uniquely diverse characters, fun subplots, and captured the beauty of being a kid. As a now as a kid (Younger teen), I’m aware teachers are multifaceted beings and aren’t inherently terrible (actually, my Mom’s even a teacher) but wow, there are some ones out there that just REALLY make you question ever thinking that. I think in the age of zoom burnout and distan I picked this up at my local bookstore and couldn’t put it down!! I read it in just one sitting. Gownley wrote a captivating story of uniquely diverse characters, fun subplots, and captured the beauty of being a kid. As a now as a kid (Younger teen), I’m aware teachers are multifaceted beings and aren’t inherently terrible (actually, my Mom’s even a teacher) but wow, there are some ones out there that just REALLY make you question ever thinking that. I think in the age of zoom burnout and distance learning, I get the appeal of making the teachers the convenient bad guys. Kids will get the portrayal is exaggerated for comedic purposes, so I don’t really see it as a big issue. In my opinion, I think Kelly Rose was kind of a lame and flaky love interest. Like (spoiler alert) she finally goes out with Kirby/ Kevin, breaks up with him because he lied, then kissed Raj who she never previously expressed any interest in? Alllrighty, okay then.. I loved the idea of a Resistance, and it definitely seems like a plausible idea kids would come up with. It did (spoiler alert) take a sad twist at the end with Kirby being a runaway foster kid which, well, did it make sense logistically? Nope. Did it need to? Nope. Unexpected, as I thought it was going to be light and fluffy reading, but not entirely disappointed. The ending felt slightly rushed, and I would love too see more stories in the setting with the same characters! Personally, I related too the character of Kirby Finn/Kevin the most, and overall LOVED everything about the book. 4.5/5 stars, would read again! Long live the after school resistance!! - Arden C.

  7. 4 out of 5

    FanFiAddict

    Thanks to Scholastic Graphix for an ARC of 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions. This was my first middle grade graphic novel and probably won't be my last, but it wasn't a truly amazing start. While the cover and catchy title drew me in, and the panels provided vivid color and some eye-catching artwork, the overall story was a bit "tale of two-halves". The first half of the story reminded me of cartoons I used to watch growing up Thanks to Scholastic Graphix for an ARC of 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions. This was my first middle grade graphic novel and probably won't be my last, but it wasn't a truly amazing start. While the cover and catchy title drew me in, and the panels provided vivid color and some eye-catching artwork, the overall story was a bit "tale of two-halves". The first half of the story reminded me of cartoons I used to watch growing up where kids always knew better, grown-ups were all crazy (especially teachers and principals - I.E. The Fairly Oddparents), and the thought of growing up had appeal but was also one of the scariest things you can imagine. There is plenty of humor to go around, and some really fun hijinks which I assumed would continue throughout the rest of the book. But the second half became muddied, with certain focal characters making a 180 in decision making and a dark overtone looming ominously over the rest of the arc. While I can see the appeal for kids, I would take a hesitant approach as a parent due to some of the subject matter, total disregard for adults, and an age range that I feel appeals to more of the 8-9th grades instead of 4-6th as I don't know that those kids would "get it", which is maybe the point? I've seen that some of Gownley's earlier works were much more appealing, so I may take a stab at those or suggest you look there instead.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    This was an odd book. I found it captivating to the point where I didn't want to be interrupted while reading it, but a soon as I finished, I realized that there were some odd plot holes having to do with Kirby being in that school. Too many things were left unexplained at the end, which was slightly disappointing. That said, the story itself, which was about friendships developing in a really odd way, was great. Some people are critical of the way teachers are portrayed, but in fact, we only see This was an odd book. I found it captivating to the point where I didn't want to be interrupted while reading it, but a soon as I finished, I realized that there were some odd plot holes having to do with Kirby being in that school. Too many things were left unexplained at the end, which was slightly disappointing. That said, the story itself, which was about friendships developing in a really odd way, was great. Some people are critical of the way teachers are portrayed, but in fact, we only see one bad one, plus the mean principal. If the rest of the teachers were equally bad, the characters in this book would have said something, as vocal as they were. Let's face it, almost everyone can remember that one really bad teacher they had. Teachers are human beings so they're not always perfect. I really enjoyed the characters, especially "3D," and would like to see more stories in that setting, but can see why there might not be. The two best lines from the book: "A bird pooped on your head." Okay, so the context matters, but you have to see how that one was set up, and "I am a master of four deadly martial arts, and a fifth that probably won't kill you, but sure won't be pleasant!" I must say that "Didn't you used to have feet?" was a close runner-up... This story is for everyone in middle school, or who remembers being there.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I received an eARC courtesy of Edelweiss & Graphix in exchange for my honest review. What starts off as a mad-cap, over-the-top story, abruptly shifts to some deeper storylines. I didn't know what to think about this book when I began: having a character called Finkenboner will do that to a person. The adventures of The Resistance and the legendary Kirby Finn were nothing short of hilarious and random. Interspersed throughout was the countdown of the 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up & these too seeme I received an eARC courtesy of Edelweiss & Graphix in exchange for my honest review. What starts off as a mad-cap, over-the-top story, abruptly shifts to some deeper storylines. I didn't know what to think about this book when I began: having a character called Finkenboner will do that to a person. The adventures of The Resistance and the legendary Kirby Finn were nothing short of hilarious and random. Interspersed throughout was the countdown of the 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up & these too seemed quite random. Where the first half of this graphic seemed like a force for chaotic good, the second half began this journey into sadness. And this shift gave me whiplash. Was this book bad? Not by any means. Would I read it again? Probably not. Will your kids read it? Oh yeah, the cover is a huge selling point. But I do question it's age group. While the target age appears on the lower end (Grades 4-6), I don't know how much of it they will really "get". Should you get it for your library? If you have a demand for realistic, humorous graphics then it might serve you well. But if you are short on time and space then invest in Gownley's "Amelia Rules" series or his book "The Dumbest Idea Ever" instead.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kim Tyo-Dickerson

    Digital Review Copy (DRC) provided by Edelweiss+ and Scholastic Graphix in exchange for an honest review. Look at this amazing cover! A colorful middle school crew and catchy title, I eagerly downloaded this graphic novel as a huge fan of middle grade titles and the format in general. I loved the welcoming, shelf appeal, the bright, primary color panels, multiple genders and races, and engaging pop culture premise, eager to see where this realistic story about a social media phenomenon trying to Digital Review Copy (DRC) provided by Edelweiss+ and Scholastic Graphix in exchange for an honest review. Look at this amazing cover! A colorful middle school crew and catchy title, I eagerly downloaded this graphic novel as a huge fan of middle grade titles and the format in general. I loved the welcoming, shelf appeal, the bright, primary color panels, multiple genders and races, and engaging pop culture premise, eager to see where this realistic story about a social media phenomenon trying to keep up the vibe and appearances at school while hiding a big personal secret would take me. Started strong. And then midway through a promising start, I lost the connections to the large cast of characters. The humor disappeared. Solid characters behaved in inconsistent, disappointing ways. There were illogical, out-of-character decisions made that were in sharp contrast to the character arcs at the beginning of the story. My son put it like this, "It was so good until it wasn't." This needed way more editing and development of the main characters to match the truly dynamic structure of the comic.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Destiny Henderson

    I like this. It has such a Sunday morning comics feel, y’know. This also has to be Gownley’s most racially-diverse series too. There’s some real heart here, and the dialogue’s witty. (view spoiler)[ kudos, for subverting the reader. I was just counting down the pages until Kirby died (morbid I know), but he didn’t! (hide spoiler)] A lot of the story’s events are farfetched like… (view spoiler)[ how’d Kirby manage to keep up his identity as a viral youtuber(?). surely, some kid would’ve known him I like this. It has such a Sunday morning comics feel, y’know. This also has to be Gownley’s most racially-diverse series too. There’s some real heart here, and the dialogue’s witty. (view spoiler)[ kudos, for subverting the reader. I was just counting down the pages until Kirby died (morbid I know), but he didn’t! (hide spoiler)] A lot of the story’s events are farfetched like… (view spoiler)[ how’d Kirby manage to keep up his identity as a viral youtuber(?). surely, some kid would’ve known him. Where was he living at? In another foster home? (hide spoiler)] , but kids will love it. Again, this is a story made for kids in mind. All the teachers are literally super-villain evil haha, so that’s going to appeal more to a kid angry at teach for too many Zoom assignments more so than an adult who knows teachers can be multifaceted (tho there are some seriously miserable teachers). Still, I liked reading this for the most part. There are also multiple plot points with Kelly's letters to Mimi, Raj's subplot, Kirby Finn shenanigans, and the countdown of reasons not to grow up. 3.5

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alory Shannon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What the heck. I know it's not the main focus of the story (which is, I guess, "don't be a jerk when you grow up"?), but the romance aspect was particularly--and story-ruiningly, for me--disappointing. Kelly Rose likes "Kirby" for basically the whole book, and really doesn't have any interest in Rajah at all, turning him down for dates and such; but when it's revealed that "Kirby" was lying about who he was because he was a runaway who was tired of being in the foster system, she dumps Kirby/Kev What the heck. I know it's not the main focus of the story (which is, I guess, "don't be a jerk when you grow up"?), but the romance aspect was particularly--and story-ruiningly, for me--disappointing. Kelly Rose likes "Kirby" for basically the whole book, and really doesn't have any interest in Rajah at all, turning him down for dates and such; but when it's revealed that "Kirby" was lying about who he was because he was a runaway who was tired of being in the foster system, she dumps Kirby/Kevin immediately while he's in the hospital because "he lied to her". And then she almost immediately turns around and kisses Rajah, who she has shown zero interest in up until that point. Just...why? Thanks for making the main female character pretty mean and super unsympathetic. =\

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan Mann

    “So I felt I fell really far, and I landed really hard. But you know what? I survived. And maybe that’s the silver lining in having to grow up too fast. It gave me the courage to make the leap, but it also gave me the strength to survive the fall.” I liked this. I thought it was cute. It didn’t really get me until the middle, but I enjoyed finding out why Kirby Finn, or Kevin Finnegan, was always so mysterious. I liked the idea that he didn’t want to grow up and become one of the adults that had “So I felt I fell really far, and I landed really hard. But you know what? I survived. And maybe that’s the silver lining in having to grow up too fast. It gave me the courage to make the leap, but it also gave me the strength to survive the fall.” I liked this. I thought it was cute. It didn’t really get me until the middle, but I enjoyed finding out why Kirby Finn, or Kevin Finnegan, was always so mysterious. I liked the idea that he didn’t want to grow up and become one of the adults that had always seemed to let him down and that he did so much for others because no one had really done anything for him. I thought it was cute.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    I picked this book up at a local bookstore (shop local!) on release date and couldn't put it down. It's a great story about unlikely heroes and how when people come together they become more than the sum of their parts. Gownley's art style is excellent. If you're a fan of his work or are just looking for a graphic novel for that reluctant reader, this is a definite buy. I picked this book up at a local bookstore (shop local!) on release date and couldn't put it down. It's a great story about unlikely heroes and how when people come together they become more than the sum of their parts. Gownley's art style is excellent. If you're a fan of his work or are just looking for a graphic novel for that reluctant reader, this is a definite buy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maria Rowe

    I had a hard time getting through this. It just all felt really disconnected and the art at times seemed like different styles. I liked the premise and how colorful it was, but it just didn’t work for me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Josh Newhouse

    Big Gownley fan and this whole at times a little disjointed... were pages 32 and 33 printed out of order, and with an ending that is a bit confusing and a little convoluted.:: still full of what makes Jimmy’s books fun!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Amelia Rules! author comes back with another fabulous group of (older) kids. Each has their own issues but are all tied in some way to Kirby. Kirby is the nicest kid around but he has a secret.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    The text was a little to small for me. It looked like a good book, but I had to table it for now.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Arriola

    Fun story, great illustrations, happy ending!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Miley

    I loved this book. A lot. It was amazing. Though I still want to know that cliff hanger from page 89-99.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    Confusing, disjointed, nonstarter. Cant imagine any kid gettimg caught up in this.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elicia Diane

    I struggled with this book at the beginning since it was soooo weird and presented authority as stupid and out to get you. The further I read, however, I realized there was a good message and story hidden under all the weird "trying to relate to kids" "2000 Disney Channel " writing. 3.5 I struggled with this book at the beginning since it was soooo weird and presented authority as stupid and out to get you. The further I read, however, I realized there was a good message and story hidden under all the weird "trying to relate to kids" "2000 Disney Channel " writing. 3.5

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mallorie

    I think these are all good reasons not to grow up. I couldn't actually believe what happened almost at the end and I'm not going to say what cause people might get mad cause I spoiled some. Kirby did good things, like stop a little girls brother from being mean to her and save a kitty. I think these are all good reasons not to grow up. I couldn't actually believe what happened almost at the end and I'm not going to say what cause people might get mad cause I spoiled some. Kirby did good things, like stop a little girls brother from being mean to her and save a kitty.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danna

  26. 5 out of 5

    S.A.C.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  28. 4 out of 5

    Makayla Tyree

  29. 5 out of 5

    Arianna

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

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