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PRETTY RUDE FOR A GIRL

A charming sequel of self-discovery, first love, and forgiveness.

Haylah furthers her comedy career and deals with romantic and familial entanglements.

Set a few months after the events of 2020’s Pretty Funny for a Girl, this follow-up continues the adventures of newly more confident aspiring stand-up comedian Haylah (who now goes by Hay instead of Pig, the fatphobic nickname she had tried to reclaim and defuse). The 15-year-old English girl has begun to upload snarky comedy bits to YouTube and isn’t quite as insecure about her size or looks as she was before. But Hay still faces challenges: She’s not sure why her boyfriend, Dylan, spends hours with her but has yet to kiss her; she’s got mixed feelings about her divorced mum’s increasingly serious partner; and her estranged father makes a surprise appearance at a gig, and the shock of seeing him throws her off stride. Elliott digs deeper into the residual self-doubt that creeps up, even as Hay feels more assured about her worth and talent. There’s still deprecating humor, but this time it’s more balanced, and the slow-burn romance is thoughtfully (and funnily) described. Hay’s relationship with her much-younger brother, Noah, is once again a highlight, and her character growth is evident in how she resolves conflict with her family and best friends. Most characters are cued as White; Dylan is Chinese and implied White.

A charming sequel of self-discovery, first love, and forgiveness. (Fiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-68263-148-5

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Peachtree

Review Posted Online: Aug. 15, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2021

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IF HE HAD BEEN WITH ME

There’s not much plot here, but readers will relish the opportunity to climb inside Autumn’s head.

The finely drawn characters capture readers’ attention in this debut.

Autumn and Phineas, nicknamed Finny, were born a week apart; their mothers are still best friends. Growing up, Autumn and Finny were like peas in a pod despite their differences: Autumn is “quirky and odd,” while Finny is “sweet and shy and everyone like[s] him.” But in eighth grade, Autumn and Finny stop being friends due to an unexpected kiss. They drift apart and find new friends, but their friendship keeps asserting itself at parties, shared holiday gatherings and random encounters. In the summer after graduation, Autumn and Finny reconnect and are finally ready to be more than friends. But on August 8, everything changes, and Autumn has to rely on all her strength to move on. Autumn’s coming-of-age is sensitively chronicled, with a wide range of experiences and events shaping her character. Even secondary characters are well-rounded, with their own histories and motivations.

There’s not much plot here, but readers will relish the opportunity to climb inside Autumn’s head.   (Fiction. 14 & up)

Pub Date: April 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4022-7782-5

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Review Posted Online: Feb. 12, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2013

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A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER

From the Good Girl's Guide to Murder series , Vol. 1

A treat for mystery readers who enjoy being kept in suspense.

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Everyone believes that Salil Singh killed his girlfriend, Andrea Bell, five years ago—except Pippa Fitz-Amobi.

Pip has known and liked Sal since childhood; he’d supported her when she was being bullied in middle school. For her senior capstone project, Pip researches the disappearance of former Fairview High student Andie, last seen on April 18, 2014, by her younger sister, Becca. The original investigation concluded with most of the evidence pointing to Sal, who was found dead in the woods, apparently by suicide. Andie’s body was never recovered, and Sal was assumed by most to be guilty of abduction and murder. Unable to ignore the gaps in the case, Pip sets out to prove Sal’s innocence, beginning with interviewing his younger brother, Ravi. With his help, Pip digs deeper, unveiling unsavory facts about Andie and the real reason Sal’s friends couldn’t provide him with an alibi. But someone is watching, and Pip may be in more danger than she realizes. Pip’s sleuthing is both impressive and accessible. Online articles about the case and interview transcripts are provided throughout, and Pip’s capstone logs offer insights into her thought processes as new evidence and suspects arise. Jackson’s debut is well-executed and surprises readers with a connective web of interesting characters and motives. Pip and Andie are white, and Sal is of Indian descent.

A treat for mystery readers who enjoy being kept in suspense. (Mystery. 14-18)

Pub Date: Feb. 4, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-9636-0

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2019

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