The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh

The Way to Bea

Everything in Bea's world has changed. She's starting seventh grade newly friendless and facing big changes at home, where she is about to go from only child to big sister. Feeling alone and adrift, and like her words don't deserve to be seen, Bea takes solace in writing haiku in invisible ink and hiding them in a secret spot.But then something incredible happens--someone writes back. And Bea begins to connect with new friends, including a classm...

Details The Way to Bea

TitleThe Way to Bea
Release DateSep 19th, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Poetry, Contemporary, Fiction, Family, Juvenile, Art, Language, Writing

Reviews The Way to Bea

  • Lola
    I knew I would love this book before I even turned the first page. The Truth About Twinkie Pie was wonderful—of the emotional sort—and so surprisingly creative. I had a feeling I would love this one too. And although this is only the second book I read from Kat Yeh, she’s one middle grade author I have on auto-buy. The beauty of this novel is that it can be enjoyed by adults also. I’m reading another middle grade novel right now, and cont...
  • Laura
    The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh, in my opinion, is packaged much younger than it reads. It sounds like a cute, middle-grade story about friends and mazes and labyrinths and secret notes. And there was a lot of cuteness, but the lying, skipping school, oblivious parents, and more made it feel much older than the blurb let on and not what I was hoping for.Beatrix Lee (Bea) is starting 7th grade with no friends or support. Her best friend stopped talking ...
  • Kathie
    Oh my goodness, a new heartprint book. ❤ I’m so sorry it took me this long to read it, because it’s absolutely amazing. Brilliantly written, with characters that leave a mark on you, if you haven’t read this book yet, PLEASE bump it up your TBR list. You won’t be sorry. Oh my goodness, a new heartprint book. ❤️ I’m so sorry it took me this long to read it, because it’s absolutely amazing. Brilliantly written, with characters ...
  • Danielle
    "The only thing I do know is that I'm afraid—and I'm still going to try anyway." (p. 302)"...all I can think is that the more you walk down a path, the more you start to feel that you can probably handle whatever it is you find at the end." (p.310.)
  • Patty
    I do not know the wayUntil that extra thump (six) on your heart tells you that you've made the wrong choice. Only this time, it's not just a haiku—it's real life. And there's no starting over.What an absolutely beautiful, emotional, and realistic read!! What you feel inside is what you put out in the universe. do you keep someone?I mean, how do you keep someone and make sure they don't leave? How do you figure out how to be and h...
  • Audrey Webster
    Review can be found on my blog. Linked here:https://betweenthepagesbooks.wixsite....
  • Shenwei
    A Bea-utiful book about finding new friends when your old ones have abandoned you and learning to be true to yourself. 😭💜note: the main character is Taiwanese American and one of the supporting characters is autistic.
  • Kelly
    "I'm the only one who gets to walk my path, and I'm the only one who gets to choose which way to go, and this is the only way I know how to be". Loved this book filled with honest middle school angst. And the librarian is super cool. Bonus points.
  • Alisha Marie
    I'm weird with Middle Grade books. There are a few that I have really liked and there are some that I found underwhelming. This one falls right in the middle of these two categories. While I did like The Way to Bea, I wasn't in love with it.The Good: The best thing about The Way to Bea is the way that Yeh captures the loneliness that Bea felt so wonderfully. I felt like I could feel her pain. I also loved the resolution between Bea and S. I thoug...
  • steph
    4 starsThis is a hard book to review for me. On one hand, I loved Bea - her insecurity, her quietness, her loyalty to her friends. She is definitely a person who lives inside her head more than she's speaks and it shows in many of the moments she has with her classmates. The secondary characters were great - Briggs, Mrs. Riggs, and Will especially. I listened to this on audiobook and the narrator (the CD's are in the car so I can't recall who nar...
  • Jordan
    The Way to Bea was fantastic. While many realistic middle grade novels and graphic novels tend to revolve around a lead that is awkward or trying to fit in, Bea focuses on actual anxiety that some kids may feel. It felt really honest, and I think a lot of kids that find this wonderful story are going to relate to one of many possible characters. If you're a kid, or have a kid, that's quiet, artistic, a writer, maybe is a bit of a loner, and you/t...
  • Michele Knott
    When it says it's written by Kat Yeh, that just means go ahead and preorder. Kat gives us another amazing middle grade read that is sure to captivate all readers.
  • Aeicha
    Twelve year old Bea Lee and her BFF had big plans for seventh grade, but now Bea’s friends are ignoring her, Bea’s super busy artist mother and graphic novelist father are focused on the arrival of Bea’s little sister, and Bea feels utterly lost and invisible. She takes comfort in the poems she feels in her heart and writes in invisible ink, then hides in a special place...and one day someone writes back! Who is the mystery writer and frien...
  • Amy
    Actual rating: 4.5I read this book in one sitting on a Friday night. I really enjoyed Bea and her group of friends that she eventually finds. There were a few things I didn't like that kept it from a 5 star review (her use of initials when talking about her old friend group-it just seemed stilted to me- and how her parents ignored her and then just magically fixed everything in one moment also rang untrue) but the moments with the other kiddos on...
  • Luke Reynolds
    ARC Review (6/20/17, received from a local bookstore)Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5 starsWhen I first heard about this novel, I was absolutely ecstatic. Kat Yeh's middle grade novel debut, The Truth About Twinkie Pie, was one of my favorite novels last year. She did an impeccable job crafting a relatable protagonist with a phenomenal voice and capturing all the emotions of what's it like to be a kid like she's truly been in those same places. Howeve...
  • Wendi Lee
    This is a tender, wonderfully written book about losing your friends, and finding the courage to stand strong and be yourself. Bea has high hopes for seventh grade, but when she comes back from a summer vacation in Taiwan, nothing is as it was before. Her best friends have turned their backs on her, and while a kind-hearted teacher immediately tries to engage Bea into different groups of kids, Bea isn't sure she wants to have anything to do with ...
  • Lynette Burnett
    I gave this 5 Stars because I couldn’t give it 4.5 Stars. It took awhile for me to get into this book, and the writing style was a little different, otherwise it would have definitely been 5 Stars! The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh is an intricately designed story. It’s a story of traveling the maze that is our life, hitting those blind alleys, or dead ends, and continuing in our discovery of ourself. It’s about learning who you are, and accepting ...
  • Joanne Kelleher
    Any book that has labyrinth in it is a winner by me. And that's not all it has!Middle school is the time where kids start to decide who they are going to be, and whether or not their old friends still fit. Kat Yeh has done a beautiful job of recreating the sense of loss and isolation when you lose your friendship group, when you have to make these decisions before you were ready. I love how she referred to these now inaccessible friends by initia...
  • Allison
    When I was in seventh grade I loved haiku's much the same as Bea, the main character, in this book does. Baa's a girl who has come back from a trip to Taiwan with her family to find she find she and her best friend 'S' are no longer the inseparable duo they once were. There's a lot about Bea that's relatable, but I found myself relating as much if not more to the quirky kid Will who studies mazes and eats lunch by himself in the newspaper office....
  • Erin
    I’m giving this a 5 based on its merits as a middle grade/young YA book, rather than literary fiction. This one hits all the sweet spots in a growing up awkwardly and honestly tale. I loved the characters and felt their pain sharply and poignantly. Bea’s parents are just as fumbling and self absorbed as she is, but that somehow lends to their charm. I was glad that the ending struck a note somewhere between hopefully optimistic and disappoint...
  • Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
    As Bea works her way through the maze of new friendships and a new role in her family, she begins to see herself and her friends more clearly. Readers will connect with Bea’s first-person narrative of her winding path toward discovering her strengths. (from School Library Journal)
  • Karen
    3-3.5? somewhere in there? I liked this a lot!
  • Jennifer
    Very well-written book about friendships in middle school.
  • Vanessa Linares
    The Way to Bea by Kay Yeh is a really good book. This book is mostly about mazes, friends, and labyrinths. The thing I love most about this book is the connection she has with her friends she finds throughout the book. Beatrix is one of the main characters and she likes bed to write poems, but then she realizes someone has written back.
  • Nafiza
    This was so good! Review on The Book Wars soon.
  • Leah G.
    I think the theme is to be yourself, because at the end of the book Bea realizes that people who don't appreciate her for being her shouldn't be the people she wants to be friends with.
  • Valerie
    This book. My heart.
  • Savannah Hendricks
    I loved this heartfelt, heartwarming, charming, happy, labyrinth of a story. Please read my full review at my blog, if you wish.
  • Esme--
    Inhalt:Beatrix weiß sehr genau, wie schnell man diese eine Person, die einem so wichtig ist und der man alles anvertrauen konnte, von einem Tag auf den anderen verlieren kann. Seit ihrer Rückkehr aus dem Urlaub ist zwischen Beatrix und ihrer besten Freundin irgendwie nichts mehr wie vorher. Die beiden haben sich auseinandergelebt. Auch die eigenen Eltern haben ständig nur ihre jeweiligen Kunstprojekte im Kopf.Trost findet Beatrix in ihrer Kuns...