Millicent Min, Girl Genius is Lisa Yee's first book about an eleven and a half year old girl genius named Millicent Min who attends high school in the fictional town of Rancho Rosetta, California. This young girl has a lot of trouble in her social circle. She's an 11 year old genius but she has no friends. To make things worse, she has to go for volleyball. She also has to tutor her arch enemy Stanford Wong, who almost flunked sixth grade. Then she meets someone named Emily Ebers. Millicent has to hide the fact that she's so smart, she has to put up with a cretin like Stanford and go through volleyball.
There are two companion books from other characters' points-of-view: Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time and So Totally Emily Ebers.
Tropes found in this work:
- Alliterative Name: Millicent Min.
- Alliterative Title
- Asian and Nerdy: Millicent is Chinese, good at academics, and has No Social Skills. Inverted with Stanford, who is a Book Dumb jock, despite being also Chinese.
- Bumbling Dad: Millicent occasionally describes her father as inept compared to the rest of the family.
- Gotta Pass the Class: Millicent starts tutoring her family "friend" Stanford when his grades fall so low that he loses his eligibility to play on the school basketball team.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: It's the main plot of the book. Millicent has no friends because she's a genius. When she befriends Emily, she hides her intelligence for a long time because she doesn't want to drive her away.
- Jerk Jock: Stanford is an obnoxious basketball player who is initially very rude to Millicent (though she's equally rude to him). He becomes more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold after he starts dating Emily, and even stands up for Millicent at the end.
- Little Miss Snarker: Millicent is 11 years old, and very sarcastic towards Stanford in a Snark-to-Snark Combat. She's also snarky towards herself in the narration.
- Naïve Everygirl: Emily is an average, innocent, and well-meaning girl. Although Millicent finds her a bit superficial (especially when it comes to boys), she still likes her for her friendly and cheerful personality.
- Perspective Flip: There are two spinoff novels, one told from Stanford's point of view and one told from Emily's.
- Protagonist Title
- Role Called: The book is titled after the main character, Millicent Min, who is a girl genius.
- Teen Genius: Millicent, a 11-year-old genius who already attends high school for her intelligence.
- Third Wheel: Millicent feels left out when her best friend Emily and her tutoree Stanford start dating.