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Sage Priestly is seventeen, and she longs to reinvent herself -- to strip away the fat, the past, the crazy mom, the unpaid bills. She longs to be her own version of the gorgeous and popular Mona Simms. Sage starts dieting and exercising. She gets blond highlights and throws away all of her black clothes. Bit by bit she transforms herself. This is deeply troubling to her best friend, Vern, who is secretly in love with Sage just the way she is. But the boyfriend Sage wants -- the popular jock Roger -- suddenly notices her. And when they start dating, Sage thinks her life is turning around. So why isn't Sage happier? Yes, Roger is a little too controlling and pushy, but isn't that what boys are like when you date them? What is it about the image Sage has created that just doesn't fit? Smart, honest, and tough, Sage is a teen with more going for her than she thinks, but she still has a lot to learn.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 127 x 172.72 x 20.32mm | 181.44g
  • Margaret K McElderry Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1416900551
  • 9781416900559
  • 1,106,055

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158 ratings
3.13 out of 5 stars
5 12% (19)
4 22% (35)
3 37% (59)
2 24% (38)
1 4% (7)

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Sage just wants to be a normal seventeen-year-old girl. But that\'s kind of difficult when she has an eccentric mother who can\'t keep a job. This means they have hardly enough money to get by, and she has clothes from the Salvation Army. Then she decides to change. She wants to be more like Mona, the popular girl. She wants popularity. She wants Roger Willis to notice her. She wants her mother to be normal. Can she get what she wants? Or will she lose her friends in the process? And in the end, will she know what it\'s like \"to be Mona?\" This book was pretty amazing. I was hooked from the very beginning. Sage was funny and I really liked her. I loved how, by the end of the story, Sage knew she couldn\'t pretend to be something, or someone, she wasn\'t. So the story also has a good lesson in it. I definitely recommend TO BE MONA. It was a fast and fun read, and you\'ll really enjoy it!show more
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