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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—Willa Parker sits at the "freak" table at school and feels that she has a responsibility to take care of the others at the table. Because she "lost it" when defending Peanut Allergy Boy, her genius mother who lives in France and not with Willa and her father, decides to remove her from public school and the small town of Cheer and send her to a prestigious private school in the East. Willa, as to be expected, is not excited about going to Pembroke and leaving home but has no say in the matter. Remy, the first fellow student she meets, dresses strangely, smokes, and is getting yelled at by the head of admissions. She is rich, popular, and everything Willa is not. She also becomes her roommate and good friend, and because of Remy, Willa is quickly accepted at her new school. But being friends with Remy comes with a dangerous price, and as the popular girl spirals out of control, Willa must decide if the friendship is worth the price. The protagonist's voice is vibrant and authentic, and her journey from outcast to member of the in crowd to a mature teen is fraught with drama. The engaging although not always admirable characters, the family dynamics and their effect on the characters, and the resiliency of the spirit make this a thoughtful read. VERDICT Fans of Chelsey Philpot's Even in Paradise will enjoy this coming-of-age story with emotional appeal.—Janet Hilbun, University of North Texas, Denton

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“[Willa’s] first-person narration is self-deprecating, deeply thoughtful, and thoroughly funny, with a sometimes-chiding direct address that pulls readers into her confidence. Snarky and painfully astute. But in a good way. (Kirkus Reviews (starred))

“As with Anatomy of a Misfit, Portes’s second YA novel has a seductive zaniness and almost unstoppable exuberance… Willa’s memorable voice and humor, as well as her longing to cultivate relationships that will anchor her more firmly to the world, will linger with readers.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The protagonist’s voice is vibrant and authentic… Fans of Chelsey Philpot’s Even in Paradise will enjoy this coming-of-age story with emotional appeal.” (School Library Journal)

“[Willa’s] idiosyncratic, often mean, sometimes vulnerable voice is the highlight of this contemporary problem novel... Willa’s realization that some loving relationships are also toxic, and the slow fracturing of Willa and Remy’s friendship are believably painful.” (Booklist)

“Remy’s terrible choices throughout (including seducing a teacher) and her descent into drug abuse feel organic rather than histrionic, while Willa’s emergence from the dark is hard-fought and believable.” (Horn Book Magazine)

PRAISE FOR ANATOMY OF A MISFIT: “A self-deprecating and highly memorable heroine whose bawdy, laceratingly funny narration makes her instantly endearing while also revealing her flaws, uncertainties, and ethical quandaries.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“… a romance filled with seriously funny dark humor and tragedy.” (Kirkus)

“It’s rare that a book can be as funny and absolutely delightful as it is moving and thought provoking, and Anatomy of a Misfit is both.” (Lauren Oliver, author of Before I Fall)

“Anika’s observations are razor-sharp, especially when she is describing other people… An introductory note says the story is based on the author’s ninth-grade experience. What a year.” (The Horn Book)

“Anika’s droll voice shines, and her emotions are palpable. After a heartbreaking tragedy, Anika’s ending . . . will leave readers cheering.” (School Library Journal)

Product details

  • File Size: 1364 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (May 10, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 10, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01415XNGW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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