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From award-winning Carolyn Mackler, the story of Willa, who has been living with Sensory Processing Disorder but is thrown for a BIG loop when her dad announces he's dating Willa's best friend's mum. Willa likes certain things to be certain ways. Her socks have to be soft . . . and definitely can't have irritating tags on the inside. She loves the crunch of popcorn and nachos . . . but is grossed out by the crunch of a baby carrot. And slimy foods? Those are the worst. Willa can manage all these things - but there are some things she can't deal with, like her father's big news. He's been keeping a big secret from her . . . that he's been dating the mum of Willa's best friend Ruby. Willa does NOT like the idea of them being together. And she does NOT like the idea of combining families. And she does NOT like the idea of her best friend becoming her sister overnight. Will she go along with all of these changes? NOT if she can help it! Not If I Can Help it deals with themes of neuro-disorders and changing schools with warmth and humour For fans of The Goldfish Boy, A Kind of Spark and Nothing Ever Happens Here 'A quality, truthful portrayal of the general challenges that come with different experiences of the world, whether personal or familial.' - Kirkus, starred review Review Praise for Best Friend Next Door: "[Mackler] gives a spot-on portrayal of the ups and downs of young friendships." - Kirkus Reviews "[Mackler] insightfully portrays the complexities of friendship and adapting tochange... An engaging, supportive read." - Booklist "Charming." - School Library Journal About the Author Carolyn Mackler is the author of the popular teen novels, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book); Tangled; Guyaholic; Vegan Virgin Valentine; and Love and Other Four-Letter Words. Carolyn's most recent novel, The Future of Us, cowritten with bestselling author Jay Asher, has received starred reviews, and the film rights have been sold to Warner Brothers. Best Friend Next Door is her first novel for a younger audience.
What if you could see how your life would unfold just be clicking a button? It's 1996 and Facebook isn't even invented. Yet somehow, best friends Emma and Josh have discovered their profiles, fifteen years in the future ... and they're not sure they like what they see. The more Emma and Josh learn about their future lives, the more obsessed they become on changing the destiny that awaits them. But what if focusing on the future, means that you miss something that's right in front of you? From Jay Asher, the bestselling author of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY - Now a Netflix TV show - and Carolyn Mackey, comes a story of friendship, destiny, and finding love.
Fifteen-year-old Virginia feels like a fat, awkward outsider in her perfect family, especially next to her golden-boy big brother Byron. She's got a lot to deal with - her weight, her best friend moving away, the mean girls at school - not to mention a boy who seems to like her! To survive, she decides to follow the 'Fat Girl Code of Conduct' to make herself acceptable, unnoticed ... invisible. It seems to be working until something unthinkable happens and, before her eyes, Virginia's flawless family begins to fall apart. As her world spins out of orbit, Virginia realises that breaking the Fat Girl Code might be the only way to create a life that belongs to her. Carolyn Mackler's acclaimed book has been updated for a new audience and is as relevant, funny and full of heart as it was when it was first published fifteen years ago.
Six months after Virginia decides to ignore the 'Fat Girl Code of Conduct' and make her relationship with Froggy Welsh the Fourth official, things are getting complicated. She's not sure she still likes Froggy, her mum has betrayed her to the meanest girl in school, and her feelings about her brother Byron are still a mess since he was suspended from university for date rape.
But then police come to their apartment and arrest Byron. As Virginia tries to figure it all out, she meets Sebastian - a guy with his own private drama. They make a pact not to talk about their troubles, but then a terrible secret comes out that could ruin everything.
This year Carolyn Mackler will re-release her beloved coming-of-age novel The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things in a newly updated edition. Now she drops readers right back into the hilarious, haphazard life of Virginia Shreves in this long-awaited sequel! Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Dumplin'.
V Valentine--fresh from Vegan Virgin Valentine--is back and is taking a solo cross-country road trip to Texas. With her trademark blend of humor and compassion, Mackler takes readers on an unforgettable ride of missed exits, misadventures, and epiphanies.
From the author of the award-winning THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER
BIG ROUND THINGS comes the racy story of an overachiever who learns
to get over it -- and get a life.
Maybe I'll decide I have a life story, too, and I'll reveal some of it.
The good girl, the jock, the beautiful one, and the geek. Tangle them together, and the unexpected happens.
Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all in Paradise. When they meet, they have no idea how they will all connect--or that their chance encounters will transform each of their lives.
The secrets we keep, the risks we take, and the things we do for love: Four months after it all begins in Paradise, none of them will ever be the same.
"Mackler's unsentimental feel for how kids think and talk, and how
they go about entering the grown-up world, makes V's journey
Virginia has a larger-than-average body and a medium-sized inferiority complex. Her mother is an excercise fiend, her father a golfer and her siblings are gorgeous, clever and impossible to live up to. Virginia thinks the world of everyone, except herself, then a phone call changes everything.
What if you could see how your life would unfold--just by clicking
A Michael L. Printz Honor Book * An ALA Best Book for Young Adults * A YALSA Teens' Top Ten Book * An NYPL Book for the Teen Age
Carolyn Mackler's Printz Honor book--starring the unforgettably funny, body-conscious Virginia Shreves--returns in this 15th anniversary edition featuring text updates and never-before-seen material from the author.
Fifteen-year-old Virginia feels like a plus-sized black sheep in her family, especially next to her perfect big brother Byron. Not to mention her best friend has moved, leaving Virginia to navigate an awkward relationship with a boy alone. He might like her now . . . but she has her doubts about how he'll react if he ever looks under all her layers of clothes.
In order to survive, Virginia decides to follow a "Fat Girl Code of Conduct," which works, until the unthinkable causes her family's facade to crumble. As her world spins out of orbit, she realizes that being true to herself might be the only way back.
Told in a perfect blend of humor and heart, this acclaimed Printz Honor winner resonates as much today as it did when it first published, and now features a new author foreword, text updates, and other bonus content.
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