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Title:
Anatomy of a misfit
Author:
Portes, Andrea, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Physical Description:
328 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"The third most popular girl in school's choice between the hottest boy in town and a lonely but romantic misfit ends in tragedy and self-realization"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062313645
Format :
Book

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In this Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower tale, narrator Anika Dragomir is the third-most-popular girl at Pound High School. But inside, she knows she's a freak; she can't stop thinking about former loner Logan McDonough, who showed up on the first day of tenth grade hotter, bolder, and more mysterious than ever.

Logan is fascinating, troubled, and off limits. The Pound High queen bee will make Anika's life hell if she's seen with him.

So Anika must choose--ignore her feelings and keep her social status? Or follow her heart and risk becoming a pariah. Which will she pick? And what will she think of her choice when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, changing her forever? An absolutely original new voice in YA in a story that will start important conversations--and tear at your heart.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

As the third most popular girl in school, 15-year-old Anika Dragomir worries a lot about her precarious social rank, which means tolerating the casual cruelties of Becky Vilhauer, who rules their Nebraska high school with an iron fist. Morally conflicted, Anika surreptitiously tries to undo some of Becky's damage (such as dismantling an invented pregnancy rumor), but Anika's secret relationship with geek-turned-hottie Logan McDonough only adds to her problems. This nascent romance is further complicated when Jared Kline, "the biggest stone-cold fox in the city, possibly in the state," unexpectedly starts courting Becky and she gets disturbing glimpses of Logan's home life. In this YA debut, adult author Portes (Hick; Bury This) serves up a self-deprecating and highly memorable heroine whose bawdy, laceratingly funny narration makes her instantly endearing while also revealing her flaws, uncertainties, and ethical quandaries. Throughout, Portes hints that tragedy is in the cards, and while the final chapters flirt with melodrama, the novel will leave many readers dwelling on missed opportunities to take a stand in their own lives. Ages 14-up. Agent: Katie Shea Boutillier, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Anika Dragomir is the third most popular girl in school, despite being of mixed heritage in an overwhemingly white neighborhood. She's smart, attractive, and knows that the most popular girl, Becky Vilhauer, is a bully. Still, Anika clings to the tenuous friendship for fear of the total social annihilation that Becky will put her through if she displeases her in any way. Anika is constantly trying to reconcile the "spider stew" of her true self with her social persona, which leads to a series of hilarious escapades and a decidedly double life. When she finds herself falling for former nerd turned hottie, Logan McDonough, she manages to keep their relationship secret by arranging regular midnight rendezvous. In a clandestine act of defiance as employee of Bunza Hut, when she is angered by her boss's hateful treatment of her best friend/coworker, she exacts revenge by covertly dosing him with her mother's valium and routinely stealing from the till. But it's not until her feelings for Logan become muddled by his own personal spider stew that Anika finds her life completely unraveling. Allowing herself to be flattered into a date with the neighborhood heartthrob, she realizes too late that she's in love with Logan. Told in the first person, Anika's droll voice shines, and her emotions are palpable. After a heartbreaking tragedy, Anika's ending, if not particularly realistic, will leave readers cheering.-Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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