Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell

Sixteen year old Frederick has a lot of rules for himself Like if someone calls him Freddy he doesn t have to respond he only wears shirts with buttons and he hates getting dirty His odd behavior makes him an easy target for the Despisers at school, but he s gotten used to eating lunch alone in the Reject Room.Angel, in tenth grade but already at her sixth school, hasSixteen year old Frederick has a lot of rules for himself Like if someone calls him Freddy he doesn t have to respond he only wears shirts with buttons and he hates getting dirty His odd behavior makes him an easy target for the Despisers at school, but he s gotten used to eating lunch alone in the Reject Room.Angel, in tenth grade but already at her sixth school, has always had a hard time making friends because her family moves around so much Frederick is different from the other kids she s met he s annoyingly smart, but refreshingly honest and since he s never had a real friend before, she decides to teach him all her rules of friendship.But after Angel makes a rash decision and disappears, Frederick is called in for questioning by the police and is torn between telling the truth and keeping his friend s secret Her warning to him don t tell, don t tell, don t tell might have done harm than good.
Don t Tell Don t Tell Don t Tell Sixteen year old Frederick has a lot of rules for himself Like if someone calls him Freddy he doesn t have to respond he only wears shirts with buttons and he hates getting dirty His odd behavior make

  • Title: Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell
  • Author: Liane Shaw
  • ISBN: 9781927583951
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell”

    1. I can’t say that “Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell” is a bad book. In fact, I enjoyed most of it quite a bit. There were a couple of problems that kept it from being a four star book, though.The story centers around Frederick, who has Asperger’s, and Angel, who is only his second friend. Frederick and his wandering stream-of-consciousness voice may be difficult for some to follow, but it’s an accurate portrayal of how many with Asperger’s (or add, adhd, etc.) think. One cavea [...]

    2. Second Story Press and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell, in exchange for an honest review.Frederick has rules that he needs to follow - his compulsion for order can be directly traced back to his Asperger's. He even creates separate categories for his classmates: the Despisers, who taunt him on a regular basis, the Helpers, who try to stand up for him but sometimes make things worse, and the Avoiders, who act as though he has a communicable dise [...]

    3. This review was originally posted on 125pages Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell by Liane Shaw had some great moments and some not so great moments. I loved the first half of the book. Frederick was a fantastic narrator and I really enjoyed seeing his world through his eyes. I was hooked and so engaged. Then Angel began trading off narration of the chapters and I was turned off. She was whiny and so self-centered that I could no longer enjoy the story. If the whole book would have been in Fred [...]

    4. Grade: BFrederick, who has Aspergers, made a promise not to tell what he knows about Angel's disappearance. He doesn't understand Friendship Rules, but he does know keeping his promise is one. But there's no rule for when she doesn't call her parents as promised.Liane Shaw created an authentic voice in Frederick, accurately depicting the thought process of a concrete, literal thinker, whose mind wandered off in tangents often about words and phrases. I found his chapters often difficult and frus [...]

    5. The first half of the story is told from Frederick's viewpoint and I found myself enthralled with the way he thinks. Frederick has Asperger's and so being able to view everything through his eyes is such an interesting experience. Shaw is able to accurately capture how life is viewed by someone on the spectrum. Frederick is the most logical person I have ever gotten to read about. He takes one idea and completely take you on these long streams of thought where you find yourself wondering where h [...]

    6. I received an eARC from the publisher through Netgalley in an exchange for an honest review.I found this book on Netgalley and it seemed different from the normal contemporaries that I read, so I made my chose and dived in.The first half of the book is written from the protagonist Frederick and I immediately noticed that he is very different from other boys. For example, he lives on a fixed structure, he wears only shirts with buttons, he always counts the buttons of his blouses, he does everyth [...]

    7. Frederick, a 16 year old boy with Aspergers, needs to follow his rules at all times. He shields himself from the world, but Angel, a loud but self-conscious new girl at school, thrusts herself upon him and his little bubble of a life. As the story progresses, we are able to see into the mind of Frederick and understand more about the thought process of someone who has Aspergers (although it is notable that not everyone has the same thought process). It’s quite a jarring story to be told, with [...]

    8. A different approach to a teen with Asperger's. I love Frederick's (Kal) voice. It sheds more light into how people who transmit and receive information differently think. This book has comical moments while dealing with a serious subject: taking advantage of girls who have become impaired by alcohol or drugs (in this case alcohol). Angel instructs Kal to not tell anyone where she is and he takes this literally even though the police question him, his mom questions him and the kids at school mak [...]

    9. This book was GREAT!!!It was a positive and accurate portrail of a person on the spectrum. At times I was laughing out loud.I was so angered by the "despisers ".I loved the friendship that blossomed between Fredrick and Angel.I couldn't put this book down til i was finished.What a goodread!Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an ARC .Thank you

    10. Shaw has certainly documented the confusion and the ambiguity of emotions that surround friendships for young people. Her words are clear and concise as she gives us insights to the thoughts of Frederick as he considers his actions in his dealings with his friend Angel and her disappearance. This is a story told from a unique perspective and documents some interesting elements of the human condition.tinyurl/y8xo3ky7

    11. Actual Rating: 2.5*I did like this one but I had a couple issues with it. I always have a hard time getting into books that use stream of consciousness to tell the story but this one wasn't too bad until we switched from Frederick's point of view to Angel's. One of the main problems for me was the scene were Frederick finds Angel was very confusing. I had to read it three times until I fully understood what was happening and even still I have some questions. It didn't flow the way the rest of th [...]

    12. Frederick lives by a set of rules. Strict rules he's set for himself, like he won't respond if someone calls him “Freddy” and only wears button down shirts. Frederick is different, which makes him an easy target for bullies, but also leads to his friendship with Angel. Overweight and new at the school, Angel has bullies too, and finds refuge with Frederick and his odd, solitary existence. Angel is the complete opposite of Frederick. She's talkative, friendly, and a bit loud, but somehow he a [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this book. It felt a bit tired at first but I honestly chalk that up to the fact that I recently reread Jodi Picoult's "House Rules," which also focuses on a boy with Asperger Syndrome and his (female) friend who goes missing. If I hadn't, I think I wouldn't have thought twice about it. I felt like it was relatively easy to follow Frederick's thought process early in the book; Liane Shaw's writing is effective in that regard. I also liked (view spoiler)[getting Angel's perspecti [...]

    14. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley.For me, this book was just sort of forgettable. It hit on themes and character archetypes that have been done many other times, and there wasn't anything new or refreshing in this version. The plot was fairly straightforward, not predictable exactly, just not really all that engaging, either.There's a dual narration that switches halfway through the book, which is kind of awkward. This was probably done in order to hide what is going on with Angel, le [...]

    15. Bit of an odd book. I liked that the main character was a male with Aspergers. The author gave him a voice to try to explain how he sees the world. Some of the phrases she used seem cliche, like when talking about eye contact and colors, but I appreciate the thought to have a main character with special needs.I did not like when the book switched from Kal's point of view to Angel's. It was a disjointed switch and I missed seeing the events from his POV, especially after he got hurt. The book was [...]

    16. The first half of this story is told from the perspective of Fredrick and most of the remainder of the book is told from the perspective of Angel. Fredrick, having Aspergers, doesn't like contact with the outside world. But Angel forces him to accept her into his world. When she tells him she's planning to run away to scare her parents and that he has to keep the plan a secret, Fredrick is uncomfortable but bound to keeping Angel's secret. After Angel is missing for a longer period of time than [...]

    17. ARC provided by Second Story Press and Netgalley This was a really great story about friendship and dealing with secrets. I especially enjoyed the first half of the book, as I felt that Frederick's voice was very genuine and interesting. It reminded me a lot of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A great read, good pacing, I would highly recommend it.

    18. Overall I did enjoy this book and will recommend it to my students. Especially the ones who are tried of the dystopia craze and love stories. I found there were strong points and really enjoyed the first half from Frederik's perspective. I did struggle with Angel's voice, even though I realize that students may be going through similar low-confidence struggles. I'm glad I've read it, but it's not my top pick.

    19. I have an friend with a son who has Asperger's and Frederick was a dead ringer for him which made this book extremely enjoyable. While Angel was a very different character, she still added a great deal to the book and it was really nice to see someone like Frederick through her eyes.

    20. I tried, but I just couldn't deal with the narrator, Frederick. There were too many tangents, too much stuff that I didn't care about and that probably didn't have any point. After five chapters of all that off-topic nonsense, I decided that this is a book that I won't be able to finish.

    21. An interesting read about someone with Asperger's. A decision to switch voices mid way seems to be unpopular with some readers but it seemed to me to be appropriate to the important discussions that made up the second half of the book. Recommended for use in middle and high schools.

    22. An important look at the complex issues surrounding Asperger's syndrome and also the issue of sexual consent. Well worth the read.

    23. This story is well written BUT, it just didn't work for me. I failed to connect with the characters and simply was not compelled to read on. I read 50% of the book.

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