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Lucky Girl

Amanda Maciel

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 4 & GCSE, Interest age: from c 12 years, Children's Fiction, Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teen, School stories (Children's / Teenage)

Lucky Girl is an unflinching exploration of beauty, self-worth, and sexual assault, from the author of the acclaimed Tease. Rosie is a beautiful girl - and it's always been enough. Boys crush on her, men stare at her, girls (begrudgingly) admire her. She's lucky and she knows it.

But it's the start of a new school year and she begins to realise that she wants to be more. Namely, she's determined to be better to her best friend, Maddie. So, when Maddie connects with a football player who Rosie was hooking up with, she's prepared to get over it in the name of friendship. Plus, someone even more interesting has moved to town. Rosie is drawn to Alex in a way she's never experienced before - and she is surprised to discover that, unlike every other guy, he seems to see more to her than her beauty.

Then at a party one night, in the midst of a devastating storm, something happens that tears apart Rosie's life and forces her to face uncomfortable truths about reputation, identity, and what it means to be a true friend.

Amanda Maciel unflinchingly explores ideas of beauty and reputation, as well as issues of slut-shaming and homophobia, in this story of a girl learning to truly see herself and her world.

'An emotional, deftly paced and heartbreaking first novel.' Kirkus Reviews on TEASE

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Amanda Maciel

Amanda Maciel has worked in book publishing since graduating from Mount Holyoke College and is currently a senior editor at Scholastic. She spends her free time writing, running, or riding the subway with her young son. She lives with him, her husband, and their cat, Ruby, in Brooklyn, New York.

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