Friday Night Lights meets Judy Blume in this sassy, feel-good debut YA novel about growing up in small town America.
Fourteen-year-old Kentucky girl Ricki Jo Winstead, who would preferred to be called Ericka, thank you very much, is eager to shed her farmer's daughter roots and become part of the popular crowd at her small town high school.
She trades her Bible for Seventeen magazine, buys new "sophisticated" clothes and somehow manages to secure a tenuous spot at the cool kids table. She's on top of the world, even though her best friend and boy next door, Luke, says he misses "plain old Ricki Jo."
Caught between being a country girl and wannabe country club girl, Ricki Jo begins to forget who she truly is: someone who doesn't care what people think and wouldn't let a good-looking guy walk all over her. When Luke reveals that he's the victim of domestic violence, Ricki Jo realizes that being a good friend and being true to herself are more important than being popular.
charming and hilarious narrator, Ricki
"Whitaker's debut sparkles as she takes the reader on a
tour of two unforgettable places: small town Kentucky and the heart of our
EndFragment - Gwendolyn Heasley, author of Where I Belong
"Whitaker paints a vivid, finely detailed picture of life in the sometime-hardscrabble heartland. But what draws the reader in is the chaotic precision of her characters, youngsters who are conflicted and frequently inconsistent, yet feel rounded and real... Solid, just like its setting." - Kirkus
even on the same page), make sure you read this one!"
Jo. Whitaker is a Queen of depicting the smallest
that define us. If you like a book that can make you both laugh and cry (sometimes
moments of adolescence and showing how it's often those moments