Be the Girl

Be the Girl

by K.A. Tucker

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Overview

From the national bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and The Simple Wild comes a poignant story about a girl trying to change her future while evading her past.

Almost sixteen-year-old Aria Jones is starting over. New postal code, new last name, new rules. But she doesn’t mind, because it means she can leave her painful regrets behind. In the bustling town of Eastmonte, she can become someone else. Someone better.

With the Hartford family living next door, it seems she will succeed. Sure, Cassie Hartford may be the epitome of social awkwardness thanks to her autism, but she also offers an innocent and sincere friendship that Aria learns to appreciate. And Cassie’s older brother, Emmett—a popular Junior A hockey player with a bright future—well … Aria wishes that friendship could lead to something more. If he didn’t already have a girlfriend, maybe it would.

But Aria soon finds herself in a dicey moral predicament that could derail her attempt at a fresh start and make her a pariah in her school. It is her loyalty to Cassie and her growing crush on Emmett that leads her to make a risky move, one that earns her a vindictive enemy who is determined to splinter her happy new world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999015404
Publisher: K.A. Tucker
Publication date: 01/28/2019
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 95,647
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.


She is the USA Today bestselling author of 17 books, including the Causal Enchantment, Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, and The Simple Wild. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, First for Women, and Publisher's Weekly. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. Her novels have been translated into 16 languages.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her family.

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Be the Girl 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me cry. It was a great read and would highly recommend this for all to read
rodeorocks13 More than 1 year ago
Be the girl tells the story of Aria and the world around her as the new girl starting over. Her first friend being Cassie the friendly neighbor who also has autism. Aria has to learn to navigate and understand the social cues that comes with Cassie’s autism as she becomes protective of her new friend. Her second friend just so happens to her other neighbor, Cassie’s brother Emmett, who Aria starts to have feelings for and who also has to have a girlfriend. This story is a real and deep book. It covers so many issues teenagers and adults both struggle with in the modern age of technology and society. Some of the issues that are addressed in this book have been happening for generations and still are. The plot keeps you enthralled all the way to the end. The characters feel very realistic and relatable at times. K.A. Tucker has taken situations that most of us have experienced at least once in our life and others that some of have not. She turned them into a book that I feel all teenagers should read. It faces so much that we go through in high school and even younger. She put so much emotion into Aria’s story that you feel it from the writing. This has to be one of my all-time favorite books of hers. It takes a strong, confident and caring person to write a book this deep and then publish it. This story is a great read and needs to be read. I feel like I understand more about autism and the way it effects a person because of this book. I’m a very empathetic person and I feel this book has made me even more of one. I strongly feel like it is a must read as I’ve said multiple times in this review. I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
BookAngel_Emma 19 days ago
Be the Girl is a difficult story to review without spoilers, it is a thought-provoking read as well as a sad reflection of the negative aspects of today’s society. How hate and unkindness spreads and thrives causing repercussions on so many levels. From personal experience having my own children as well as working with children and teens, the tendency to drag people down in order to feel better about themselves is a devastating trend; where meanness is thinly disguised as banter Aria is a complex character, flawed and imperfect but striving to become the person she most wants to be. Aria and her mother have moved across the country, for reasons that are divulged piecemeal through the narrative. Rebuilding their lives and coming to terms with the events leading up to the move. Aria’s character development is the cornerstone of the plot with a lot of issues revealed and reflected upon along the way. As you have often known me state, it is the negative events in our lives that shape our personalities the most. The use of journal entries/letters allows an intimate glimpse into Aria’s psyche along with providing subtle clues to past incidents. I adored the next-door neighbours, from the cute boy to the quirky, autistic girl, both of whom teach Aria valuable lessons in kindness, compassion, empathy and friendship. The romance within the plot was merely the icing on the cake Emmett is a true role model for teen boys showing that you can be both popular and kind Growing up is hard in any generation, the price of popularity often a steep one, where the naivety of youth can blind people to the right path. However, there is room for personal growth and change even if that transformation comes at a cost. We as human beings tend to learn our lessons the hard way, in this case so does Aria.
sonybless 11 months ago
This book was so much more than a YA love story. Behind the fluff of first romance was a heartbreaking story with a wonderful message about kindness and the effects of bullying. This book really touched me. I raised a child on the spectrum and the same thoughts and fears that were present in the book, are all to familiar in my reality. Without giving anything away, I was disturbed to learn that the protagonist was not all that she seemed. Although the path of redemption was great. While this is a YA love story between Aria and Emmett, the secondary characters really shined. Cassie, Uncle Merv and even Murphy made this story the 5 star read that it was for me.
berry_nice 12 months ago
EVERYONE should read this!!! I've read a couple books by this author and I've really enjoyed them so when I saw this new release the blurb intrigued me and I preordered. I'm happy I read it as soon as I could and didn't let it sit in my library. This definitely had a different feel than what I've been reading lately but with the phenomenal writing I couldn't stop reading. This story was full of Amazing characters!! Be The Girl is a story that will make you think. It will touch your heart. It will make you mad and sad because there are ugly people in this world as you ask yourself "How could they?" "WHY would they?". It will also make you smile because there are beautiful kind people in this world that proves humanity can be good. There's hope. Quote ~ “...the sooner you figure out how to like yourself through your own eyes, the sooner you’ll stop trying to see yourself through everyone else’s.” You can feel Regret and Redemption. Second Chances and Forgiveness. ~ ~ every action has a reaction ~ ~ I was able to see the different point of views and it was tough. This is in a high school setting so we have the teenagers, parents, teachers, friends and boyfriend/girlfriend...I didn't want this to end. #FoodForThought Quote ~ “Any rose can succumb to rot, given the right conditions. But, with enough attention, it can come back better than before.”
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Be the Girl is more than I thought it would be. I never read blurbs. I know, but maybe I love the surprise. Aria has a past, one that she tries to distance herself from. Moving to a new city, she can start a new life with her mom. But still, the past clings to her in such a way, that she can’t deny who she was. There is a lot that goes on in this story. It brought me to tears because for one; there’s so much to learn. Bullying is never ok, and as you navigate this story, it will touch you deeply. Because I think we’ve all had some type of bullying in our lives. Or maybe we insinuated the bullying without even knowing. Aria’s story is one that will stick with me. Which seems to happen with a lot of books written by Tucker. This is a perfect story for any teen. I think it’s one that I’ll keep and give to my daughter. So she knows that there’s always going to be those that are different. But that’s ok, and we should never bully anyone. We don’t know what they deal with on a daily basis. This is a brilliantly written story. That I believe can also be used to raise awareness. Overall, Five Boundless Stars.
mjlovestoread More than 1 year ago
Once again, K.A. Tucker has delivered an engaging and tender story that has left me smiling through my tears. With Be the Girl, I was fully immersed in this tale of redemption of one young woman's past that she was desperate to put behind her. Aria Jones is starting over with her newly-single mom and it is both daunting and exciting for both of them. Right from the start, I found myself really liking this soon-to-be sixteen year old despite the unknown whys of how she needed to leave her old life behind and start anew. Tucker has this uncanny way of allowing me to fall into step with her characters from the first few pages and with Be the Girl, I was instantly smitten with Aria, her grumpy Uncle Merv, her mom Debra and the 18 year old heartthrob that is Emmett. But it is Cassie, Emmett's younger sister, who continually stole the show with her honesty, her oft-time childlike reactions and the unconditional love in her heart. Cassie's world is on the spectrum and it truly takes a strong person to give her the time and attention she needs in order to fit into a not always patient world. I loved that Aria gave her the true friendship Cassie craved, made her a part of her life and just simply enjoyed her company. It's what Emmett saw in Aria, his AJ, the new girl with a big heart that started the path to their budding romance and Aria's road to vindication. They say actions speak louder than words and in this new reality for Aria, those words were never more relevant. Navigating a new life, a new school, trying hard not to be 'that girl' once again is hard. But she continually takes the high road and I was impressed by her maturity at such a young age. Even as she is caught up in a 'war of sorts' with the detestable Holly, Aria in both her letters to the mysterious Julia and in her chats with her mom, never wavered in her hope that she was always better than the bullies of the world even when she was desperate to fight back. But I loved that she found the courage to continue to do the right thing especially when it meant protecting the innocent soul that was Cassie or the presumed misfits she slowly became closer to at her new school. Her capability for compassion was to be admired and I was very impressed by her desire to be a better person to both man and beast. And it was wonderful that everyone around her noticed, even when admissions of past transgressions were finally revealed and it threatened her newfound existence. Both Aria and Emmett, who in his own right is such a selfless and loving young man, not to mention sexy as hell (!), are simply trying to find the path to a good life and watching as they fall for one another is just another beautiful layer to this potent story. They are quite great together and Aria's understanding of Cassie's needs just makes Emmett adore her more. This coming of age book is both innocent and seasoned. We have in Aria the girl who just wants to do the right thing while she battles a past that doesn't quite want to let go. We have in Emmett the man who is friend to all and protector of those he loves, yet has his faults just like any other teenager. Together with the formidable Cassie and the other well-placed and well-written characters, we get the perfectly imperfect tale of young love and the desire to make things right when they sometimes seem to go horribly wrong. 5 huge stars!!
Betul90 More than 1 year ago
I don't read as much Young Adult novels like I used to, but if one of my favorite authors decided to write one, you know I'll be one of the first ones in line to get a copy. I won't go into the plot of the story, because I think the blurb gives you the perfect insight into the story without spoiling it. I will go into how the story and characters made me feel. The characters were really great and Cassie in my opinion stole the show. She is such a beautiful and innocent person, and I would've loved to meet someone like her in high school (or now). She will always be honest and what you see is what you get with her. And that isn't always the case, and especially in high school people can be absolutely awful. When Aria moves to a new town, Cassie is the first one to adopt her as her new friend. She always can't stop talking about her great big brother Emmett. He was such a great guy and very protective of Cassie. Aria develops a crush on him right away, but who can blame her. I think Be the Girl is a very important book for people to read because it sheds light and creates awareness on certain topics that is very relevant especially with social media. It also show the other side, which I loved. I thought I had this story all figured out, but then the author hit me with a plot twist and left me speechless. This book had me on edge and in tears a couple of times. I do wish the book was longer, or that the last couple of chapters weren't that fast-paced. It left me wanting more, and I kind of want a New Adult sequel. The connection between Aria and Emmett was there, but not enough that I 100% believed in it. But on the other hand, I also kind of liked that because it felt real. They are teenagers and they still have a lot of growing up to do. K.A. Tucker did an amazing job with this book and it was obvious that it was personal to her. I really hope she will write more books in this genre.