Twelve-year-old Lilla Baxter-Willoughby doesn’t lie. She’s just a little bit… selective. To keep her parents happy, Lilla hides how much she hates moving back and forth between their houses, and she stomps down her doubts about that elite high school they’re pushing her toward. To keep peace with her best friend Vivi, Lilla doesn’t share that she got the junior camp counselor job that Vivi wanted. And even though ― no, especially because ― he seems into it, Lilla does not tell the boy she grew up with about all the little sparks that flared up inside her the day she noticed his Suddenly Adorable Freckles.
So when Vivi dares Lilla to start telling the truth as part of their Summer of Brave, Lilla hesitates. Because if she says out loud what she really wants, her whole life might crash down around her. And she doesn't need that. Except maybe she does. In this timely and important novel, a girl finds the balance between protecting others' feelings and protecting her own, and discovers the power of speaking her truth.
"[Lilla] struggles to manage conflicting expectations for girls — to be simultaneously ambitious and competitive, feminine and emotionally yielding. While that’s exhausting enough, contending with sexism and street harassment along with her first crush proves downright paralyzing. Choosing never to hurt others’ feelings, Lilla realizes, means always prioritizing them over expressing her own (ruthless self-criticism is another trap).... With compassion, wry humor, and pinpoint accuracy, Parks weaves the multiple challenges facing adolescent girls into a compelling, seamless narrative." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Author||Amy Noelle Parks|
|Publisher||Albert Whitman & Company|