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Girls who are pretty have a way of looking down their perfect noses at anyone they feel isn't worthy of sharing the air with them. They have a way of making regular girls like me feel inferior for not winning the gene pool lottery. Tormenting them is my way of getting even.
Everyone knows that pretty equals mean, and Evelyn Ryder used to be a beautiful movie star--never mind that it was practically a lifetime ago. There's no time limit on mean. So if you think I feel guilty about mugging her, think again.
But for something that should have been so simple, it sure went horribly wrong.
A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION
A Bankstreet Best Book of the Year
"Definitely a page-turner "--Seventeen.com
"Exhilarating . . . compelling and believable."--"Kirkus Reviews," Starred
"A well-told story of an empowering friendship."--"The Bulletin," Recommended
"This realistic portrayal of emotions, decisions, and hardships will appeal to teens who are also struggling with their identities."--"SLJ"
"Blythe, in her first book for teens, explores karma, guilt, morality, and taking responsibility for one's actions. . . . the story provides a thoughtful glimpse of what it's like to reevaluate one's life at any age."--"Publisher's Weekly"
"This is a classic coming-of-age story . . . Faye's personal growth and her eventual escape from a dark home life are rewarding."--"Booklist "
- ISBN-13: 9780385742863
- ISBN-10: 038574286X
- Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: April 2013
- Page Count: 321
- Reading Level: Ages 12-17
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-02-18
- Reviewer: Staff
Blythe, in her first book for teens, explores karma, guilt, morality, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. In 1984, 14-year-old Faye lives with her volatile and overworked mother (an immigrant from the Caribbean island of Dominica) near Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y., where nice and not-so-nice neighborhoods rub shoulders. Faye and two of her friends occasionally mug “pretty, stuck-up girls with loads of extra cash in their pockets,” seeing it as a way to put them in their place. But when they rob Evelyn, an 80-year-old former film star, and injure her, Faye decides that she’s gone too far. Both lonely, Faye and Evelyn develop an unexpected friendship, connecting over Evelyn’s secrets and regrets, and the drama Faye endures with friends and at home. While Faye’s narration is strong and increasingly sympathetic as the story goes on, the plot takes some time to unfold and the dialogue can be long-winded. Still, the story provides a thoughtful glimpse of what it’s like to reevaluate one’s life at any age. Ages 12–up. Agent: Katie Shea, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Apr.)