Grit

Grit

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Edgar Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Mystery * A Kirkus Best Book

Raw and moving, this contemporary realistic debut novel will leave readers of E. Lockhart and Gayle Forman breathless as it unflinchingly unfolds the tragic secrets being kept in a small, deceptively idyllic town.

"Gorgeously written and helmed by a protagonist with an indelibly fierce heart." (starred review from Kirkus)

"Keen plotting, evocative writing, and dynamic characterization make French a writer to watch." (starred review from Booklist)

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss has long held the title of "town slut." She knows how to have a good time, sure, but she isn't doing anything all the guys haven't done. But when you're a girl with a reputation, every little thing that happens seems to keep people whispering--especially when your ex-best friend goes missing.

But if anyone were to look closer at Darcy, they'd realize there's a lot more going on beneath the surface. Staying out late, hooking up, and telling lies is what Darcy does to forget. Forget about the mysterious disappearance of her friend. Forget about the dark secret she and her cousin Nell share.

Forget about that hazy Fourth of July night. So when someone in town anonymously nominates Darcy to be in the running for Bay Festival Princess--a cruel act only someone with a score to settle would make--all of the things that Darcy wants to keep hidden threaten to erupt in ways she wasn't prepared to handle...and isn't sure if she can.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062642554
0062642553
Branch Call Number: YA FRENCH G
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm

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LPL_EricaS Mar 05, 2018

This book's characters rang true for me and made it a heartfelt and interesting read. Seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss embraces her trashy reputation and gives up on ever repairing it. If she can’t fight the rumors, she might as well have fun drinking and meeting boys at the quarry. Darcy really... Read More »


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LPL_EricaS Mar 05, 2018

This book's characters rang true for me and made it a heartfelt and interesting read. Seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss embraces her trashy reputation and gives up on ever repairing it. If she can’t fight the rumors, she might as well have fun drinking and meeting boys at the quarry. Darcy really does portray grit - she’s not one to keep a low profile and she confronts her harasser head-on. She’s even fiercer about protecting her own family. When her ex-best friend goes missing and she's caught up in the scandal, she does what she can to protect her family’s secret. Darcy’s character is written with truth and warmth in all her flaws. This coming-of-age story highlights the harm that can be caused by small-town gossip.

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