A laugh-out-loud story for children aged 9 and over about fighting for your right to steal the show, from the much-loved author of the My Best Friend and Other Enemies series.
Amy Miller is a very positive person and she is fully prepared to be the star of the school Comedy Show. But when Harry is put in charge and declares that girls can't be funny, he stops her from performing or writing or doing anything fun.
Amy can’t understand what’s happening until her sister tells her: Harry is being sexist, and Amy must take a stand. Armed only with killer one-liners, Amy goes into battle to fight for her right to make people laugh.
A brilliantly funny new story from Catherine Wilkins, stand-up comedian, podcaster and author of When Good Geeks Go Bad, The Weird Friends Fan Club and the My Best Friend and Other Enemies series.
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This was such an amazing read with a great message full of feminism! The plot was wonderful and much needed in today's world. Amy was a confident and likeable protagonist and seeing her steer through various problems just to be able to write her sketches in the revue was truly inspiring! The writing was very engaging as well.
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the e-arc!
Amy is a very positive person and loves writing comedy sketches, formerly with her best friend Anvil, but now since growing up made Anvil think he had to impress the boys in the cool gang, Amy writes alone. When the Y9 School Revue is opened up for students to write, direct and perform, Amy is the first to sign up herself and her best friends.
However, she comes up against a prejudice she’d never previously encountered. Determined to prove her point she devises a plan with Anvil which only partly works and is a further shock to Amy.
This novel is about YA aged students but could equally be aimed at MG level. There is absolutely nothing unsuitable for younger children apart from the harsh realities of blatant sexism. Most of what happens, if it occurred in isolation would be brushed over – and is - but mounting up it demonstrates the reality for many females.
A great story about believing in yourself even when others are doubting you and standing up for yourself and what you believe is right.
Amy’s plans might not always go the way she wants but she’s never scared to try and show a bit of kindness even if it’s often not appreciated.
This is an enjoyable read that I feel that my Year 6 class would enjoy. Since my class are aged 11, I feel that this book is written in a style that would appeal to children a little younger than the main character is designed to be. This didn't lessen my enjoyment; it is merely an observation.
However, I loved the sense of perseverance and self-belief in Amy and I love that humour is her medium to make herself heard. I love that this book shows girls working together to share their voice!! There are positive messages here for all young people about being yourself and standing proud of who you are. Amy could be annoying at times but I guess that is, bizarrely, a part of her charm and certainly adds to the humour. Her relationships with others allow her to learn and grow so that we feel she might be a slightly easier person to work with by the end.
I would be interested in finding out more about some of the other characters in the book as I felt we were getting a taste of some back- stories that would be interesting to explore.
My 9 year old daughter loved this book and loved the fact it meant woman can do anything they want to do and not let anything especially gender hold you back. It is written in a way that children understand. Definitely worth a read when raising strong independent girls who can take on the world
Amy Miller can’t wait to show the whole school how funny she is in the upcoming revue. However, misogynistic bully Harry has been put in charge and is refusing to accept any of her comedy sketches. It’s only when her sister alerts her to what he’s doing that Amy realises that she needs to do something to overthrow him and make everyone laugh. You’re Not The Boss Of Me is a funny story with a very loveable heroine, who I had no doubt would succeed in taking down the patriarchy within her school. It explores issues of sexism, toxic masculinity and learning to standing up for yourself while continuing to grow as a human. An amazing read for budding feminists!