How to Become a Planet

How to Become a Planet Review

For Pluto, summer has always started with a trip to the planetarium. It’s the launch to her favorite season, which also includes visits to the boardwalk arcade, working in her mom’s pizzeria, and her best friend Meredith’s birthday party. But this summer, none of that feels possible.

A month before the end of the school year, Pluto’s frightened mom broke down Pluto’s bedroom door. What came next were doctor’s appointments, a diagnosis of depression, and a big black hole that still sits on Pluto’s chest, making it too hard to do anything.

Pluto can’t explain to her mom why she can’t do the things she used to love. And it isn’t until Pluto’s dad threatens to make her move with him to the city—where he believes his money, in particular, could help—that Pluto becomes desperate enough to do whatever it takes to be the old Pluto again.

She develops a plan and a checklist: If she takes her medication, if she goes to the planetarium with her mom for her birthday, if she successfully finishes her summer school work with her tutor, if she goes to Meredith’s birthday party . . . if she does all the things that “normal” Pluto would do, she can stay with her mom in Jersey. But it takes a new therapist, a new tutor, and a new (and cute) friend with a checklist and plan of her own for Pluto to learn that there is no old and new Pluto. There’s just her.

Title:How to Become a Planet
Edition Language:English

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    How to Become a Planet Reviews

  • anna ( of readsrainbow)

    rep: sapphic mc with depression and anxiety, nonbinary li, side sapphic couple, side character with ODCtw: panic attacksReview also on Reads Rainbow. ARC provided by the publisher.How to Become a Plan...

  • Jude in the Stars

    I love this book. It made me cry a lot because I got Pluto and I got her mom and they both try so hard. I don’t know if the fact that I started reading on a day when every little thing was already m...

  • Natalie

    I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.How to become a Planet is a heartfelt, tender book about a young girl called Pl...

  • Hsinju

    It’s a space-themed MG book, so of course I loved it. 🚀🪐☄️Pluto Timoney (12) loves astronomy because her mom loves it. But she misses the last month of her seventh grade after being diagno...

  • Sarah {The Clever Reader}

    Hurricane Season is one of my favorites so when I saw Nicole Melleby was releasing another Middle Grade centered around mental health awareness I knew I'd definitely be picking it up! Summer has alway...

  • Amy Imogene Reads

    5 starsPoignant, important, and all about discovering your own space--your space within yourself, your space amongst other people, and your space in the world. (Puns, yes, but serious meanings? Also y...

  • Sonali Dabade

    TW: Depression, anxiety, panic attacks.When I look up at the night sky, I can see the stars, the moon, and the inky darkness. If I keep looking, the knowledge washes over me that the universe is so va...

  • Tory

    Really honest and so realistic. The first MG account of depression I've read that focuses on the kid's depression, rather than an older relative/friend, and doesn't sugarcoat it. And some very gentle,...

  • M.  [storme reads a lot]

    This book deals with a lot of heavy topics, but it does them very well. I was engaged the whole time I was reading, remembering my days of this age and how tough it can be.Pluto used to love going out...

  • Laura Gardner

    Perfect portrayal of depression.🎉 Happy book birthday, @nicolemelleby !! 🎉Thx to @algonquinyr for the ARC...I highly recommend this gorgeous middle grade novel about teenage depression. As someo...