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Middle school supervillain Penny Akk has defeated every challenge thrown against her. She has bested heroes, villains, weirdos who can't make up their minds, robots, aliens, friends, rivals, enemies, natural disasters, secret admirers, and her own shyness.  

Now she has only one opponent left.  

Her own super power... and the other Penny who stole it.

©2018 Richard Roberts (P)2018 Tantor

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Saddening

i honestly hate this book, the first book in this series was great with the ones following it pretty good til they got to the stupidity at the end of book 4. if the author someday writes a future book with bad penny i will read it and hope it is on level with the first book not the fifth book.

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  • phillip
  • 16-02-2019

disappointing

this was one of the most disappointing endings to a series I have read in a while.
the plot is considerably predictable when halfway through the book they realize they're both penny, I knew there was only 2 ways it could end, and I was right.
90% of this books doesn't feel like a conclusion to a long running series, until like the last couple of chapters, and and even then there's no character development nothing like that at at that would seem to fire the end of a series or an end of a character's Journey instead it just feels like another book that just so happens to end the character's journey in the last couple of chapters.
it really feels like the author got bored of the premise of of the series a kid super built-in after the first book and tried to turn it into all sorts of other things the one exception being the prequel.
with the exception of the first and prequel book the majority of the series has been okay to mediocre but I gave them a pass because there was a possibility that the series could still improve but now it's over and it feels like a hollow conclusion if there had been plans for a 6 and it didn't end the way it did I probably would have been less harsh, because there are a lot of plot threads that where forgotten
also why did penny never attach any sort of high tech body cam to her so that when the copy confessed to being the copy on multiple times as a way of taunting penny she would have proof and evidence that the Penny in her body wasn't the real one.

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  • WhyHelloThere
  • 29-01-2019

A satisfying end, but way too many missing pieces

Roberts, I think, forgets that we're not as deeply entrenched in his universe as he is, or mistakenly assumes his readers binge-read the entire series without interruption. Instead, when a year or more passes between the publication of subsequent volumes, lots of little fiddly bits get forgotten, and an insightful author will place small reminders in the text to help us recall characters and events. I found myself frequently lost or assuming I'd somehow skipped a chapter explaining who this unknown group of people were. Readers don't need massive infodumps, but have mercy with some kind of touchstones, will you, Richard?

The primary quandary was significant and the emotional stakes were high, and I appreciated that. I thought the ending made sense, even if it was more than a little predictable. I do wish we'd seen more of the struggles Ray and the Akk parents went through; the moral and ethical implications were significant, but they weren't anything more than scenery in this story.

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  • LOKI
  • 25-09-2018

One of the worst ends ever

As much as I like this series this book did not warp it all up like the last book should. it open up more even more questions then it answered.

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  • Jason
  • 23-02-2019

Great ending to my favorite series

Emily's performance as the cast of Penny Akk's world is, once again, stellar. The final entry to the series managed to both recall characters from all the previous books and to fulfill all the story promises tellegraphed from the beginning.

While this might be the last entry in a series that should easily rival Harry Potter (and is much more well thought out and written) it manages to leve the story open enough for more titles. I'd love to read the story of meatbag Penny's version of events, Claire's experience at Ballet Camp, Ray's time in Russia, or the side adventures of any of the other heroes and villains we met. Yet, Don't Tell My Parents You Believe Her is a satisfactory end to a wonderful adventure.

For being a YA series, Don't Tell My Parents manages to evoke deep thoughts and engaging themes that can lead to some interesting introspection. The last book even more so. I'll admit I cried every time Brian reappeared on the page. I don't think I could have handled the situation much better. I'm not a kid anymore (not for a couple of decades) but I could still identify with and empathize with each of the characters, but especially the adults. I wish adult books could be written like this without being "adult" books.

I hope this gets made into a Netflix series. (Featuring Emily. At least to dub Will's voice.)

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  • Douglas
  • 25-09-2018

Worse then I thought possible

I wasn't very thrilled with book four so I had low expectations for this book. Sadly it was worse then I thought was possible. The creativity and imagination show in the first couple of books in the series was completely absent. Penny's friends (Ray and Claire) didn't show up until the end. Her parents, who had played a central role in her life up until now were also absent for contrived reasons.

The author invented new characters, brought characters from books 3 & 4 and pretty much gave us montages rather then a real story.

Penny also isn't the Penny we grew to know. She does seriously dub things. For example she goes to a base that had been built for Miss A -- Penny's rival Marcia Bradley -- and almost immediately gets into a battle. Later, after fleeing Morning Dove, she returns to Miss A's base, apparently believing this time it'll be safe to use.

Penny was always a scientist type but we don't get a lot of the mad genius stuff but rather a lot of E-Claire style events happen. The epilogue left a bad taste in my mouth and really it didn't make a lot of sense.

Overall if I'd known how this series would end I would haven't started it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-09-2021

Dumbest waste of time I have ever read.

Seriously people if like me you have enjoyed this series do not read this book stop after the last one and pretend this 1 does not exist, It's ridiculous from beginning to end, Frustrating, Full of incredible plot holes, , It's like listening to the winiest person you know for hours straight. I never criticized authors and I always try to find something good about a story, But this one has no redeeming qualities whatsoever if I could erase the last 2 days from my own brain I would just so I don't have to remember it.

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  • Kerney
  • 29-06-2021

required heading!

Emily Woo Zeller had lots of fun reading this and it shows, kinda like Gerdie Goat.

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  • Scoobs
  • 07-04-2021

It fell from the stars just a bit over the series

I want to be a hero, does villain stuff 90 percent of the 5 book series makes next to no effort to change and when her morality complex that was pushing towards villain is removed by force it has no effect. Haven't finished the book yet buy it is really hard to do when she still acts the way she is expected to as a suspected clone. If she wanted to prove otherwise chang your actions.

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  • Isia
  • 06-10-2020

My son loves this series

My son (15) made me get the entire series. He just discovered that this, the 5th installment came out. He made me get it and listened again to the whole series from the beginning.

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  • Rachel Rosner
  • 22-06-2020

Best Series ever 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

Best Series ever 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
I love the book but it was a bit sad 😢😢😢
Overall worth 1000$

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  • R. ODELL
  • 26-09-2019

Great continuation

Great story and continuation of the series.
Can't wait for the next book!!
This story had happy and sad moments, but good in the end.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 01-02-2019

nice conclusion to a great series

this series of books was always a joy to read, so it's kinda sad when you get to the last book, maybe?

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