The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh

The Way to Bea

With a charming voice, winning characters, and a perfectly-woven plot, Kat Yeh delivers a powerful story of friendship and finding a path towards embracing yourself.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 invi...

Details The Way to Bea

TitleThe Way to Bea
Release DateSep 19th, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Way to Bea

  • Lola Reviewer
    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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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....
  • Nafiza
    This was so good! Review on The Book Wars soon.
  • Savannah Hendricks
    I loved this heartfelt, heartwarming, charming, happy, labyrinth of a story. Please read my full review at my blog, if you wish.
  • SundayAtDusk
    When her family's summer vacation in Taiwan approaches the end, Bea realizes she and her best friend Sammie . . . who is irritatingly known as "S" throughout most of the story . . . have not kept in touch as much as they planned. That didn't really worry, Bea, however, because their friendship was indestructible. Or was it? Apparently not. Sammie moved on to new friends over the summer, and Bea not only finds herself friendless at the beginning o...
  • Lynn
    Bea is a Chinese-American from Taiwan. She spends the summer break in Taiwan with her family and comes back to begin 7th grade. She has trouble with her only friend and it appears that it is not resolved and will continue. Bea's parents are arty and the father is in the entertainment business. The mother runs an art gallery and paints. Bea considers herself a poet. She is like her family, spontaneous, unorganized and freewheeling which suits them...
  • Amy Formanski Duffy
    Haiku, labyrinths and friend drama. Bea starts seventh grade without any friends. Her former best friends stopped talking to her over the summer after an embarrassing incident at a pool party. They think she's weird because she walks around with headphones on and writes poems in the air with her hands. Luckily she finds other allies: her artist mom and comic book author dad, a school librarian who always recommends the perfect book, the school ne...
  • Hannah
    Do you know the difference between a maze and a labyrinth? You'll find out in this book. Also, I coincidentally watched Labyrinth while I was in the middle of this book, and I found out the movie should actually be named Maze.Anyway, there are only minor similarities between the David Bowie movie and this book. The book is more family appropriate, and really captures that awkward stage in life called seventh grade. It addresses the struggle of st...
  • Tj Shay
    Where to begin....Kat Yeh is a talented author and this book shows that. She has a special talent for using words that make you feel what the character feels and that is no easy task. Part of the story involves changing friend groups, which I am no stranger of, even as an adult. The way Kat describes subtle and perfect words, is exactly right and true. You FEEL when you read this book. Then there was this quote..... It doesn't give any of...
  • Jennifer
    A gentle coming of age story that features a tween poet and the school newspaper editor who pines for her, a neglected labyrinth, an autistic boy who turns into an unexpected friend, a pair of artistic but distracted parents and a sneaker-collecting librarian. There's also friendship drama and Taiwanese culture woven in. A little less painful than Shannon Hale's Real Friends, but just as authentic.
  • Alexa
    Bea is in middle school and it's obvious something bad has happened with her best friends, who she refuses to even mention by name throughout most of the book. I love this in-depth look at how girls treat each other in middle school, sometimes just by accident. Friendship is hard, even when you think you know what you want. Bea is a little bit hard to connect to for the first half of the book but you'll love her and the diverse set of characters ...
  • Michael
    I got an arc of this at bookcon. This book was really cute, it doesn't fall into the trap that many YAs fall into, which is being condescending to the reader. I can see this book really having a positive effect on a young reader.
  • 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.
  • Karina
    Beautifully written! I found the characters so true and honest. Bravo, Kat!
  • Krysta
  • Stacy268
    I laughed. I cried. Kat Yeh was flawless. This is a big league book. Poetry, family, friendships, art, heartbreak. *swoon*
  • Emily Scheinman
    One of my favorites of 2017!
  • Krista K.
    A heartwarming book about being true to yourself and finding new friends when your old friends have turned away from you.