Review / Surely Surely Marisol Rainey

20230505ma_0537Book: Surely Surely Marisol Rainey (2022)
Author: Erin Entrada Kelly
Genre: Lower MG, Contemporary
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Sequel to: Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Opening lines from the book …
Marisol Rainey keeps a list in her head. She calls it her List of Favorites.


1) It was fun to be back with Marisol Rainey and her best friend Jada. This book primarily deals with her Least-Favorite Thing to Do … Gym Class. Can I relate? You betcha! And in this case, she has to learn how to play kickball. Poor Marisol.

2) Marisol’s friend, Jada, is great. I love how she supports her friend. She’s not particularly great a Gym Class either, but together they will learn kickball.

3) I love how encouraging Coach Decker (their teacher) is. However, the big thing is that he only ever seems to say: “Nice try, Marisol!” And what she really wants him to say is: “Way to go, Marisol!”

4) Peppina (the tree) makes a little guest appearance in this book. That’s always fun to see former challenges that make it into the story.

5) I love how Marisol connects with her dad who works so far away on the oil rig. He has a great sense of “dad” humor.

6) I always smile at the art! They’re adorable!


I really enjoyed this second in the Marisol Rainey series. Looking forward to more. (Definitely for the younger MG crowd.)



Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

6 thoughts on “Review / Surely Surely Marisol Rainey

  1. I’ve seen so much praise for this series, and it’s exciting to hear that the second book is as strong as the first! I think pretty much any kid will relate to Marisol’s struggles with gym class. And I saw that the third book just came out this month too, which is exciting! Thanks so much for the thoughtful review, Maria!


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