From the eye-catching silver foil cover, with title graphics looking like lipstick, to the upbeat ending, this novel is a required purchase for public library young adult collections.
Mackler writes with a clarity and impact that lifts her material above the ordinary. The book is knowing about the relationship between image and self-image, and there's genuine understanding and a welcome absence of condescension . . .
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, The
Mackler does a fine job of introducing girls to a very cool chick with a little meat on her bones.
—Horn Book, The
Readers will be rooting for Virginia all the way as she moves from isolated TV-watcher to Website-creator with purple hair and an eyebrow ring . . . Virginia's emotions progress from despondence to anger, joy, and strong independence, all portrayed with clarity. An easy read with substance and spirit.
The heroine's transformation into someone who finds her own style and speaks her own mind is believable -- and worthy of applause.
Mackler writes with such insight and humor that many readers will immediately identify with Virginia's longings as well as her fear and loathing.
Told through first-person narrative, journal entries, and e-mail, Virginia's story will interest readers who are looking for . . . teen angst, a bit of romance, and a kid who is a bit like them or their friends.
—School Library Journal
The title alone is enough to pull teens in, but the spunky narrator in Mackler's second YA novel will keep them reading. . . . Funny, touching, and very real. Mackler depicts both the trials and triumphs of adolescence when, like Virginia, we search for, and hopefully find, ourselves.
Body image problems, family discord, a teenage contrarian narrating -- is this anything new? Yes, because 15-year-old Virginia Shreves is so well-constructed a character that we like spending time with her.
Mackler . . . does an amazing job of capturing the wistful self-consciousness of teenage girls, and Virginia's transformation is inspiring.
Teenage girls will laugh, maybe cry, and undoubtedly nod vigorously in agreement.
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