Kid’s Book Review: Not if I Can Help It

Kid’s Book Review: Not if I Can Help It

About the Book and Author

Not If I Can Help It is a funny, warm-hearted story that deals with themes of neuro-disorders and the challenge of coping with change in our lives. It is written by Carolyn Mackler and is published in the UK by Scholastic for readers aged 8-12 years.

Willa, who has been living with Sensory Processing Disorder but is thrown for a BIG loop when her dad announces he’s dating Willa’s best friend’s mum. Willa likes certain things to be certain ways. Her socks have to be soft . . . and definitely can’t have irritating tags on the inside.

Willa can manage a lot of things – but there are some things she can’t deal with, like her father’s big news.  Willa does NOT like the idea of them being together. And she does NOT like the idea of combining families. And she does NOT like the idea of her best friend becoming her sister overnight. Will she go along with all of these changes? NOT if she can help it!

Not if I can Help it cover

Carolyn Mackler is the acclaimed author of the YA novels The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book), The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I, Infinite in Between, Tangled, The Future of Us, Vegan Virgin Valentine, Guyaholic, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words, and her other middle grade novel is Best Friend Next Door.

Carolyn’s award-winning books have appeared on bestseller lists and been translated into more than twenty-five languages. This latest story for primary school readers , Not If I Can Help It, has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal and a glowing review in The New York Times.


Book Review

I hadn't heard of this disorder before and so this book helped me understand and learn more about how people cope with it

This book is a story about the main character who has Sensory Processing Disorder. Willa is my favourite character because the way author wrote about her made me feel like I knew her and I have empathy for her because of this.

The author writes the story in first person from Willa’s point of view and casually describes her life with sensory processing disorder in an honest way. I hadn’t heard of this disorder before and so this book helped me understand and learn more about how people cope with it.

I have read a few books by the author Libby Scott, and this book was very similarly written showing an insight into the life of a character with who is autistic.

I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning more about how people cope with life in different ways and likes to gain insight into their lives.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Esther
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: dancing and signing, cats and body boarding
  • Dislikes: walking and curry
  • Favourite Book: Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
  • Favourite Song: Rise Up by Andra Day
  • Favourite Film: The Hunger Games