American Girls

American Girls

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A bittersweet, honest, and widely acclaimed YA coming-of-age novel that distills honest truths about American girldom Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she's had it with her life at home. So Anna "borrows" her stepmom's credit card and runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn't quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined. As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls--and although the violence in her own life isn't the kind that leaves physical scars, she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present. In Anna's singular voice, we glimpse not only a picture of life on the B-list in LA, but also a clear-eyed reflection on being young, vulnerable, lost, and female in America--in short, on the B-list of life. Alison Umminger writes about girls, violence, and which people society deems worthy of caring about, which ones it doesn't, in a way not often seen in teen fiction. American Girls is: An ALA Booklist Top 10 First Novel A Kirkus Best Book of the Year A Barnes & Noble Best YA Book of the Year A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best of 2016 A Bustle Best YA Book of the Year YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults "Messy, honest, and unflinchingly real. I can't get this book out of my head. I don't want to get this book out of my head." --Becky Albertalli, Morris Award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agendashow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 293 pages
  • 147 x 208 x 28mm | 386g
  • Flatiron Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250075009
  • 9781250075000
  • 234,665

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An Amazon Best Book of the Year (So Far)"Messy, honest, and unflinchingly real. I can't get this book out of my head. I don't "want" to get this book out of my head." Becky Albertalli, Morris Award-winning author of "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" Alison Umminger doesn't pull any punches in her debut: Funny, sad, often surprising, and just damned authentic. I know I won't be the only one who didn't want Anna's glittery-dark Hollywood summer to end. emily m. danforth, critically acclaimed author of "The Miseducation of Cameron Post""A razor-sharp commentary on our culture, observed with keen wit from the perspective of one honest and complex American girl. An insightful, original take on the coming-of-age story." "Kirkus," starred review"Bittersweet and true, Anna's journey to self-discovery is one that should be widely read." ALA "Booklist," starred review"Reveals richly complicated relationships among mothers, daughters, and sisters." "Publishers Weekly," starred review The most imaginative novel I've read in years. Incredible and important. Kiese Laymon, author of "How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America""show more

About Alison Umminger

ALISON UMMINGER grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and as an undergraduate was the fourth woman to be elected president of "The Harvard Lampoon." Today, she is a professor of English at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia, where she lives with her family. "American Girls" is her first more

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1,580 ratings
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4 40% (628)
3 29% (452)
2 10% (152)
1 2% (37)
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