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3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frances O’Roark Dowell Narrator: Jessica Almasy Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781440708855
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Kate and Marylin are best friends forever….

Well, except for last year when they weren’t friends anymore….

And except for this year when they both want to be friends again, but just don’t know how.

But the thing is, even as they are trying to fix their broken friendship, they are becoming more and more unalike. And that’s becoming harder and harder to deal with. Well, it would be a lot easier if Kate would just take some of Marylin’s fashion advice. Ballet flats would look so much better than those big black combat boots. Feminine. But Kate doesn’t want to be feminine. She wants to learn guitar and write her own songs; she wants to be the exact opposite of the middle-school cheerleaders. And maybe if Marylin would just stick up for herself and not get bullied by Mazie (the Meanest Cheerleader Ever) into judging anyone who’s the least bit different, Marylin and Kate could be real friends again.

Funny, realistic, and incredibly insightful, Edgar Award-winning novelist Frances O’Roark Dowell explores the shifting terrain of middle-school friendship in the companion book to the well-loved The Secret Language of Girls.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane569 | 2/12/2014

    " I liked this book, but I think it was meant for younger kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindi | 1/28/2014

    " I loved The Kind of Friends We Used to Be! Kate and Marylin's friendship has changed; they acknowledge that and miss the younger friendship-of-convenience that kids tend to have, but they still value one another and their shared history. Kate at one point tells Marylin, "I'm good the way I am," and while she does mean that, she is also trying on a new way. Meanwhile Marylin is starting to figure out that she can consult herself about things like whether to go out with a particular boy; it doesn't have to be about what anyone else is going to think. The ending was pure transcendent grace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ari | 1/24/2014

    " It had a bunch if detail and you as a refer wanted to keep reading and have the book never end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jz | 1/22/2014

    " It was great! though it had one of those endings that dont really conclude the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/20/2014

    " I loved the well-developed and complicated characters in this book. The ending felt a little rushed though and I was sad to be "excused" from the story when I wasn't ready to leave it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 1/19/2014

    " This book so far is really good, it's about a girl named kate that wants to be a guitar girl and she meets some new friends and is not sure if she likes her first day first day of school so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 1/17/2014

    " very good, just very long chapters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cowgirl | 1/14/2014

    " i think it was a really great book because me and my old best friend didnt have a lot in common>>>>>> "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 1/12/2014

    " wow a book about 2 girl's that USED to be best friends how one became a catty cherleader and the other who became true to herself "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaia | 1/1/2014

    " I really liked this book. way better than the first one. the way the characters matured was stupefying. Marilyn learned to be more accepting of others and Kate couldn't care less what others thought about her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 12/1/2013

    " nice <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianca Ortega | 11/28/2013

    " Bianca "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jez | 9/9/2013

    " Ok, but characters didn't really develop very much. Also, so many of them that I kept waiting to find out more about them. Liked the Phineas L. McGuire books better by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia bieber | 8/6/2013

    " This book is about these two girls who end up hateing eachother, but then they end up finding out that they have alot in common then become friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 6/11/2013

    " This book was cute and easy to read with a good story line "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanna | 1/25/2013

    " This book was fantastic but I wish it continued to Christmas instead of stopping on Christmas Eve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madison | 11/20/2012

    " I like this one a bit more than the first (The Secret Language of Girls). Everyone was just figuring themselves out. The end is very happy!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 7/7/2012

    " It really made you think about your friends and they have changed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H.orses | 4/1/2012

    " This was a nice book, I had really liked the plot of everything. A nice quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexa | 1/1/2012

    " I think the only reason I let go was because it lost my interest. Also I'm more of a fantasy reader. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Faith Fishcrazy | 12/20/2011

    " A girl at school makes a nasty remark about 'periods', and just not my kind of book. I didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth P | 11/10/2011

    " I thought it was as good the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 8/2/2011

    " So far i think this is a great book, i have only one more chapter to finish. However, i think this book has a great moral about the ups and downs of life and friendship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. B | 7/13/2011

    " Friendships growing apart is such a common thing in middle school ... and Frances O'Roark Dowell writes about it beautifully in this little book. It's a sequel to The Secret Language of Girls, but you don't have to read that one first to appreciate The Kind of Friends We Used to Be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kanyinsola | 5/22/2011

    " it was good but the ending totally sucked "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 4/21/2011

    " it was great but i think it needed like one more Detail! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ?Stephanie | 4/17/2011

    " A good story of how two girls patched up a friendship even with everything else going on around them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 4/5/2011

    " I loved the well-developed and complicated characters in this book. The ending felt a little rushed though and I was sad to be "excused" from the story when I wasn't ready to leave it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 3/31/2011

    " This book was so good! i finished it in like less than a week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 3/18/2011

    " very good, just very long chapters
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genie | 3/14/2011

    " It is AWESOME to read! My friends and I have been just like Kate and Marylin! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/8/2011

    " I liked this one too, but the end could have been better and explain more what happened between Mathew and Kate and Marilyn and that other guy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cowgirl | 3/2/2011

    " i think it was a really great book because me and my old best friend didnt have a lot in common>>>>>> "

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About the Author
Author Frances O’Roark Dowell

Frances O’Roark Dowell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Dovey Coe, which won the Edgar Award, Where I’d Like to BeThe Secret Language of Girls and its sequel The Kind of Friends We Used to Be, Chicken Boy, Shooting the Moon, which was awarded the Christopher Medal, and more. She lives with her husband and two sons in Durham, North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Jessica Almasy is an actress, theater teacher, and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has recorded over eighty titles, including the Earphones Award-winning Clementine series and Operation Yes, for which she won a 2010 Audie Award.