"[Mackler's] teens feel lived in to mesmart, observant, but realistic. . . Much to discuss here in the age of #MeToo." Gabrielle Zevin, New York Times bestselling author
From Carolyn Mackler, author of the Printz Honor-winning The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, comes a story of what happens when "happily ever after" turns out to be less than perfect.
It's been five months since sixteen-year-old Virginia Shreves thought her life was finally back on course: she has come to terms with who she is both inside and out, and she's even started to rebuild her relationship with her older brother Byron, whose date-rape charge completely shattered everything.
But just as she's getting used to the new normal, Virginia's world turns upside down again. Sparks with boyfriend Froggy Welsh the Fourth fade, her best friend Shannon bombshells bad news, and then the police arrest Byron.
As Virginia struggles to cope, she meets Sebastian, an artist with his own baggage. The pair make a pact not to share their personal dramas. But secrets have a way of coming out, and theirs have the potential to ruin everything.
In this follow-up to the acclaimed The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, Carolyn Mackler brings Virginia's story satisfyingly full circle in a hope-filled tale of forgiveness, love, friendship, and the beauty in life's imperfections.
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), Infinite in Between, Tangled, Guyaholic, Vegan Virgin Valentine, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words, as well as the co-author of The Future of Us. She also wrote the middle grade novel Best Friend Next Door. Carolyn lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
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I loved this book and devoured it within two days! Virginia's voice is original and witty and I found myself laughing out loud in many places. I cared about her and wanted to find out what was going to happen next. I love that things aren't easy for her and that she doesn't feel like she fits in well with her family–something many can relate to. But she stays upbeat and is determined to figure out what is right for her, even if it's different from what others expect. Though this book had to have been written before the #metoo movement, I liked that Virginia has to deal with some of these issues too, but from a different perspective (I'm trying not to give any spoilers!). This book will have you cheering and rooting for Virginia from page one and will leave you with a huge smile and a full heart.
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