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Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She's been in love with Tyrone O'Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti artist, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery's dreams, literally too cool for school.

Which is a problem, since he and Flannery are partners for the entrepreneurship class that she needs to graduate. And Tyrone's vanishing act may have darker causes than she realizes.

Tyrone isn't Flannery's only problem. Her mother, Miranda, can't pay the heating bills, let alone buy Flannery's biology book. Her little brother, Felix, is careening out of control. And her best-friend-since-forever, Amber, has fallen for a guy who is making her forget all about the things she's always cared most about Flannery included leading Amber down a dark and dangerous path of her own.

When Flannery decides to make a love potion for her entrepreneurship project, rumors that it actually works go viral, and she suddenly has a hot commodity on her hands. But a series of shattering events makes her realize that real-life love is far more potent and potentially damaging than any fairy-tale prescription.

Written in Lisa Moore's exuberant and inimitable style, Flannery is by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, empowering and harrowing often all on the same page. It is a novel whose spell no reader will be able to resist.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 496g
  • Ontario, Canada
  • English
  • 1554980763
  • 9781554980765
  • 1,270,162

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Longlisted for International Dublin Literary Award

"Smart, bold, heartbreaking sophisticated teen readers will be wowed." Kirkus, starred review

"An engaging story and strong purchase with some valuable lessons about love, friendship, and growing up." School Library Journal, starred review

". . . perfectly planted in the sweet spot of YA writing. It's good for the smart literary teen and the teen who plows through salacious bestsellers. It's also for the adult who wants to remember how hard and how beautiful it was to be a teenager. This one is highly recommended." Quill & Quire, starred review

"Older teens will identify closely with brave, vulnerable Flannery in her witty, edgy coming-of-age narrative." Shelf Awareness, starred review

"More than a teen romance, this poignant, intimate novel is a thoughtful, mature exploration of the joys and hazards of love of all sorts." Horn Book

"Moore's vivid writing and keen understanding of interpersonal dynamics bring this to life." Booklist

"Flannery remains precocious and independent, a pragmatic heroine with a fierce attitude, quiet patience, and indomitable survival instinct." Publishers Weekly

"Thoughtful readers who appreciated Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell . . . will find much to love in Flannery." VOYA Magazine

"A quiet, insightful, poignant read that, much like Miriam Toews's A Complicated Kindness, could easily fall into the teen or adult category." - The Globe and Mail

"Flannery is a brilliant Young Adult novel no matter how old you are." Atlantic Books Today

"Reading Flannery is a compelling, heady experience, and the heroine thoughtful, flawed, brave and funny will stay with the reader long after the book's very satisfying ending." National Reading Campaign Readerly

"Flannery is a fully realized and nuanced protagonist, contradictory in all the most consistent ways. " The National Post

"This is an author who grips you with her impeccable use of language." Maclean's
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About Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of February, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and selected as one of The New Yorker's Best Books of the Year. Her novel Alligator was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Commonwealth Fiction Prize (Canada and the Caribbean). She is a three-time finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, most recently for her novel Caught, which was a national bestseller. Lisa has written for Elle and The Guardian, and her work has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Russian, German, Turkish and French. She teaches creative writing at Memorial University.
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500 ratings
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4 40% (199)
3 27% (133)
2 11% (53)
1 2% (11)
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