Rules for Being a Girl

Katie Cotugno (Author) Candace Bushnell (Author)
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Candace Bushnell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Sex and the City, and Katie Cotugno, New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days, team up to write a smart, feminist novel about a girl who fights to expose sexism at her school after a run-in with a predatory teacher.

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 in the most unexpected people, like "slutty" 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.

Product Details

Price: $19.98  $18.38
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Published Date: April 07, 2020
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780062803375

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About the Author

Katie Cotugno is an author and 2011 nominee for the Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in Mississippi Review, Apalachee Review, Iowa Review, and Argestes, among other literary magazines, as well as on
Candace Bushnell is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author whose Sex and the City was the basis for the HBO hit series and two blockbuster movies and whose Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC.


"Marin's transformation into a clear-eyed young activist will inspire teens...this fast-paced narrative introduces the complexities of intersectionality, identifies the insidious impact of rape culture, and encourages readers to take a stand against everyday injustices."--School Library Journal
"The authors write a convincing teen exploring the complex, frequently sexist social norms that girls and women navigate daily."--Publishers Weekly