on January 21, 2019
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From the national bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and The Simple Wild comes a poignant story about a girl trying to change her future while evading her past.
Almost sixteen-year-old Aria Jones is starting over. New postal code, new last name, new rules. But she doesn’t mind, because it means she can leave her painful regrets behind. In the bustling town of Eastmonte, she can become someone else. Someone better.
With the Hartford family living next door, it seems she will succeed. Sure, Cassie Hartford may be the epitome of social awkwardness thanks to her autism, but she also offers an innocent and sincere friendship that Aria learns to appreciate. And Cassie’s older brother, Emmett—a popular Junior A hockey player with a bright future—well … Aria wishes that friendship could lead to something more. If he didn’t already have a girlfriend, maybe it would.
But Aria soon finds herself in a dicey moral predicament that could derail her attempt at a fresh start. It is her loyalty to Cassie and her growing crush on Emmett that leads her to make a risky move, one that earns her a vindictive enemy who is determined to splinter her happy new world.
A powerful, must read story for 2019.
Not even a month into the year and I can tell you with 100% certainty that THIS story will move you. I always find that YA books bring strong emotions and lessons that are relatable to adult life. Such is the case with this book.
Aria was starting new. New home, school, friends, and neighbors. She never banked on the boy next door and his sister changing her life forever. Shining light on suicide, bullying, the steps taken to hide the true, and the hate people hold for one other, drives the storyline while teaching us at the same time.
K.A. Tucker commands attention with her words. She makes you think, feel, and experience. Be The Girl did all of this and more. The story was full speed ahead from chapter one. Pulling you in and offering an education in the importance of being a good person, learning from others, and to dig deeper when you have questions. K.A. Tucker wrote a story of importance that is necessary in today’s society.