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3.5 

Rules for Being a Girl

By Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno
Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno digital book - Fable

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From the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Sex and the City, a novel that “shines a light on the pressures of being a girl and the double standards” (Kirkus Reviews).

It starts before you can even remember: You learn the rules for being a girl. . . .

Marin has always been good at navigating these unspoken guidelines. A star student and editor of the school paper, she dreams of getting into Brown University. Marin’s future seems bright—and her young, charismatic English teacher, Mr. Beckett, is always quick to admire her writing and talk books with her.

But when “Bex” takes things too far and comes on to Marin, she’s shocked and horrified. Had she somehow led him on? Was it her fault?

When Marin works up the courage to tell the administration what happened, no one believes her. She’s forced to face Bex in class every day. Except now, he has an ax to grind.

But Marin isn’t about to back down. She uses the school newspaper to fight back and she starts a feminist book club at school. She finds allies—and even romance—in the most unexpected people, like Gray Kendall, who she’d always dismissed as just another lacrosse bro.

As things heat up at school and in her personal life, Marin must figure out how to take back the power and write her own rules.

“An engrossing and engaging read, filled with dynamic characters.” —Associated Press

“Readers will be glad for this take from two powerhouse creators.” —Booklist

“This fast-paced narrative . . . identifies the insidious impact of rape culture, and encourages readers to take a stand against everyday injustices.” —School Library Journal

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157 Reviews

3.5
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I love this book so so much!! i wasn’t expecting much going into it, just a quick read, but i fell in love with the story. it was so empowering and made me realize i need to speak up about things that aren’t right. Marin and Gray are literally the cutest!! totally recommend”
Characters change and growLikable charactersEasy to readOriginal writingAddictiveComing of ageRomanticThought-provokingSexual assault
Expressionless Face“I really liked this book. There were parts that infuriated me but only because the way characters were acting were ridiculous but unfortunately realistic. When the main character Maren rebuffs an advance (actually more than just an advance.. ) from her TEACHER, her life changes when she tries to tell people what happened with varying results. I think most women and girls can relate to many aspects of this book.”
Believable charactersEasy to readRealistic settingComing of ageThought-provokingMisogyny
“So good. Super quick audiobook.”

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