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Just Sayin' by Dandi Daley Mackall tells the story of an almost-blended family that almost falls apart before it even begins. 11 year-old Cassie Callahan is staying with her grandmother while her mom, Jennifer, recovers from a difficult breakup from her fiance, Trent. Cassie, along with Trent's kids, Nick and Julie, are trying to figure out why their parents' relationship ended so abruptly and searching for a way to bring them back together. Meanwhile, the kids get caught up in a game show that encourages the "art" of insults, and learn along the way that our words have much more power than they think.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Tyndale Kids
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 1496423178
ISBN-13: 9781496423177

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Just Sayin’ tells the story of an almost-blended family that almost falls apart before it even begins. 11 year-old Cassie Callahan is staying with her grandmother while her mom, Jennifer, recovers from a difficult breakup from her fiancé, Trent. Cassie, along with Trent’s kids, Nick and Julie, are trying to figure out why their parents’ relationship ended so abruptly and searching for a way to bring them back together. Meanwhile, the kids get caught up in a game show that encourages the “art” of insults, and learn along the way that our words have much more power than they think.

In a way that only Dandi can accomplish, this story weaves together, in a contemporary way, an old-time game show, letter writing, outstanding vocabulary, and reminders from God’s word that taming our tongue is both difficult and important!

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  1. Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Cute book
    September 1, 2017
    Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Cassie's mother, Jen, was about to marry Nick's father, Travis, when they broke up. Cassie and Nick scheme to get their parents back together by competing on a game show. I thought this book was good, and liked the message about watching your words. My 11 year old daughter read it first and really liked it.
  2. Quiet Reader
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Whimsical and Fun
    August 26, 2017
    Quiet Reader
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Best friends Cassie Callahan and Nick Barton were happy their parents were in love and engaged- life was good. But then something happened, and it tore everything apart. Now Nick, his younger sister and dad have moved away and Cassie's mom has left to work in California. Cassie is left alone, with her strict grandmother who doesn't seem to understand her. Cassie and Nick don't know what happened that drew their parents apart and put a halt to the wedding-no one will tell them anything! So, through their letters to each other, they concoct a plan involving a game show spin-off from their favorite TV show, and hope that this will bring them all back together.

    My Review:

    Told in an interesting, fresh new way, Just Sayin' tells the sweet story of an imperfect tween girl and her best friend who have the habit of spouting out witty, yet sometimes hurtful (and sometimes cheesy), sarcasm and insults. While the story is mainly about Cassie (and Nick, as well, although I think Cassie is still the main character), it alternates between many different letters, text messages, phone calls, etc. between various other characters as well, giving a wider picture of the story as a whole, instead of just showing Cassie and Nick's opinions and points of view. The story was sweet and yes, while at times it could be cheesy, it had some funny moments as well. You kind of just had to embrace the cheesy and just enjoy it. I also liked the fun, yet simple, cover- two words I would use to also describe the story itself.

    Cassie and Nick, while being the type of kids I would normally not be able to relate to (seeming too sarcastic and rebellious to be realistic or relatable- I was never really into those types of books) I actually could feel for, as I had the opportunity of interacting with schoolkids earlier in the summer, and I could see bits and pieces of them in Nick and Cassie. So although the book and its characters may seem a bit over-dramatic or far-fetched at times, there are aspects of it that do ring true to our world today. I think tweens will be able to relate to Cassie and Nick as they try to figure out this world where they feel circumstances happen in which they have no control. It also shines light on the sometimes silly or unnecessary things that can tear adults apart, while kids normally see the reality of the situation through it all. I'd say, while maybe not appealing to all kids, this book is whimsical, imaginative, unique and encouraging, and teaches a good lesson (while not being overly preachy and having cool kids as main characters) about the power of our words, and how Jesus teaches us to speak life, not tear others down.

    As a side note, this book may not be the greatest for really young kids, as they may pick up on the insults Cassie and Nick are prone to use. I'd recommend Just Sayin' for ages 9-12.

    Note: I got this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
  3. Emily
    Rib Lake, WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun for Certain Kids - My Review of Just Sayin'
    August 4, 2017
    Emily
    Rib Lake, WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Published by: Tyndale House Publishers

    Written by: Dandi Daley Mackall

    I am interested in fiction that sounds good, whether that fiction is written for adults or kids. I chose to read and review Just Sayin' partially because the book was so fun looking and partially because I thought it sounded like an interesting read.

    This book tells the story - through a series of letters - of a young girl and a young boy who were almost step-siblings until things got messed up. These kids are really into insults, and they learn the power of words.

    Who the book is for:

    I assume that this book is supposed to be for 8 to 12 year old kids or something like that, but I don't know... I think that a parent would have to read this book and decide whether or not it is something that they would want their child reading, as there are a lot of insults and teasing in it. Some kids might not get the whole message but might just pick up some of the insults from the book.

    What I liked:

    This was a fun book to read.

    I felt like I really got to know the kids in the book.

    This is something that is different from other books out there.

    This book has a good message.

    The cover of this book is colorful and fun.

    What I didn't like:

    I know that the book would not be the same without the insults that are included in it, but I wonder if some of them could have been left out...

    My conclusion:

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

    I give Just Sayin' 4 out of 5 stars.

    I received this book free to review from Tyndale Blog Network. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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