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Rules for Being a Girl

It starts before you can even remember: You learn the rules for being a girl... Marin has always been good at navigating these unspoken guidelines. A star student and editor of the school paper, she dreams of getting into Brown University. Marin’s future seems bright — and her young, charismatic English teacher, Mr. Beckett, is always quick to admire her writing and talk books with her. But when “Bex” takes things too far and comes on to Marin, she’s shocked and horrified. Had she somehow led him on? Was it her fault?

When Marin works up the courage to tell the administration what happened, no one believes her. She’s forced to face Bex in class every day. Except now, he has an ax to grind. But Marin isn’t about to back down. She uses the school newspaper to fight back and she starts a feminist book club at school. She finds allies — and even romance — in the most unexpected people, like Gray Kendall, who she’d always dismissed as just another lacrosse bro.

As things heat up at school and in her personal life, Marin must figure out how to take back the power and write her own rules. Bestselling authors Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno team up to write a fierce, propulsive novel about a girl who is preyed upon by a manipulative teacher and finds the power to fight back.

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"When Bex, as he’s known, moves from being friendly with Marin to kissing her, she isn’t sure where to turn; [her best friend] Chloe questions Marin’s account entirely, advising her not to ruin Bex’s life by telling. When Marin writes an editorial about double standards, Bex warns her of 'blowback,' which she promptly receives, called 'some crazy feminist' by her boyfriend.... The authors write a convincing teen exploring the complex, frequently sexist social norms that girls and women navigate daily." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 14 and up
Author Candace Bushnell, Katie Cotugno
ISBN 0062803379
Publication Date Apr 7, 2020
Publisher Balzer + Bray
Language English