Book Review – Because of Mr. Terupt

Because of Mr. TerruptBecause of Mr. Terupt

by Rob Buyea

Series: Mr. Terrupt*

Rating: 5 stars

This is a sweet middle grade book. I’ve read it three times now, and it makes me cry at least twice Every. Single. Time. I read it. It’s just such a lovely book.

*Actually, I just made that up, I have no clue what the series is called.


Honestly this book is mostly character driven, especially the first half.
Basically it follows seven kids* for their fifth grade (I think) year. Their teacher Mr. Terrupt, changes all of their lives, and then halfway through the year, ends up in the hospital with a head injury.
They all have to deal with that. And with the guilt they feel, as they all think it was their fault.

*That sounds excessive and confusing, but it actually really works.


I think this book is really well written. The writing was very emotional, I really felt the characters pain,* in a way that I don’t find very often.

Also it managed to keep my hooked from early on, even though the first half was very slow.
And honestly the writing was just good. I can’t really describe it much better than that.

*And the other emotions, pain was just the one everyone seemed to be feeling the most.


Okay, this is what I really want to talk about. The characters are definitely the best part of Because of Mr. Terrupt. They. Are. Amazing.
There’s seven main characters, and they ALL have their own personality.

They have the typical ones, the Know-It-All, the Class Clown, the Mean Girl, but they were so much more than that.

Main Characters

  • Alexia – She’s sort of the mean girl, but her character is way deeper than that. Although honestly she develops way more in the second book.
    Alexia is not always my favourite character in this book, she’s actually probably my least favourite, but by the end, I do like her. Mostly. Also, she drives me insane, because she says ‘like’ waaaayyy to much. It’s used it least once in almost every sentence she says.* However, as much as it drives me insane, it does fit her character.


  • Anna – I think Anna is my favourite character in this book. Anna’s mother was only sixteen when she had her, and was treated cruelly by her peers. Because of this, Anna sort of avoids making friends.
    She is very shy. And also sort of naive. And really sweet, and I just love her. So much.


  • Danielle – Danielle lives on her family’s farm. She’s also sort of chubby, and gets teased about it.
    She’s Alexia’s “best friend”, but only when Alexia feels like it, otherwise she’s sort of friendless. I feel bad for Danielle, but honestly she’s not one of my favourites.
    Also, I just don’t really like her family. Her parents and grandparents are very old fashioned. And prejudiced. And I just don’t like them.


  • Jefrey- At first, I didn’t like Jefrey. When he was introduced he spent the entire (two page long) chapter saying he hates school. He was really disengaged, and didn’t really try at anything.
    But later on, you find out more about him, and I feel so bad for him.** (Also he stops being so mopey)
    His older brother died a couple of years before, and his parents don’t really talk anymore, his mother never even leaves the house. Also he blames himself for everything.


  • Jessica – Jessica is another one of my favourites. She’s just moved to town with her mom, and she’s not very happy about it, she wanted to stay with her dad in California.
    She’s quite studious. And she’s a bookworm, she brings a book with her everywhere she goes. So she’s very relatable. Also I just want to be friends with her because she’s such a lovely person.


  • Luke – He’s a bit of a know-it-all, honestly although I enjoy reading his chapters, he doesn’t seem as necessary as some of the other characters… or as well developed.


  • Peter – Peter is definitely the class clown. He’s loud, and energetic, and a bit of a prankster. Okay, more than a bit. He’s just a prankster. He’s not always very nice, but he always makes me laugh, even when I feel like I shouldn’t necessarily be laughing.
*I really can’t complain, I use it a lot as well.
**I feel so bad for most of these characters.

Secondary Characters

  • Mr. Terupt – His name is in the title, obviously he’s pretty important. I really like Mr. Terrupt, he’s funny, and easygoing, and he really cares about all the kids.
  • Anna’s Mom – I don’t remember her name, but I really like her. She’s really nice, and is a great mom to Anna.
  • Charlie – He’s Danielle’s older brother. I don’t really remember why I liked him, I just know I did.

Basically, I love the characters. All of them are so well developed, and most of them are also quite wonderful.

Over All

This is a beautiful book. I love it. It’s so filled to the brim with emotion, and the characters are amazing.
This book is definitely worth reading. It’s a quick read, (both me and my mum read it easily in a day), so it’s good for when you just have a couple of hours.

Have you read Because of Mr. Terupt? Are you going to? Do you like books told from multiple perspectives? Do you make up the series title when you don’t know what it’s called? Or is that just me?


  1. I loved this book too! And yes, I love the multiple characters aspect. I would like to try writing a book with multiple characters. It’s a great way to help people see things from another person’s point of view and shows how things are not always as they appear. Great review, Iris!


  2. Oh, goodness. this sounds like it would make me dissolve into a puddle of childhood innocence and tears. Sometimes I find that I am more emotional over characters when they are younger as I’ve gotten “older” (I’m 20, for plums sake. Sometimes I talk as if I’m 50). It’s like I can see myself in them when I was that age, and then I also have an immense urge to protect them because I TURN INTO A MOTHERLY HEN APPARENTLY??
    I don’t know. After I had my obstetrics clinical, I’ve really noticed these feelings have become more intense. I have my pediatric clinical soon, so I can only imagine this is going to become even more intense and I’ll just be a sad, protective mother hen. oH WELL.
    I’m definitely going to read this. I want it. THANK YOU FOR THIS. I’m excited now, honestly.


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