Three bestselling authors—E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle—bring you on the road trip of a lifetime in this dynamic novel packed with fun, friendship, and feminism.
Jesse, Vicks, and Mel each has her own reason for wanting to get away from their nowheresville Florida town. Add in a hot (and harmless) hitchhiker, an impending hurricane, and a close encounter of the gator kind, and the result is one sizzling road trip where the journey is far more important than the destination. Now in a fresh new package, How to Be Bad will take even more readers along for the ride.
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When Waffle House waitresses Jesse, Vicks, and Mel depart their small Florida town for a road trip, they bring their secrets and coming-of-age battles with them. Written by three excellent YA authors, How to Be Bad adds a trio of quirky, original, and often laugh-out-loud funny voices to the genre. From break-ups to cancer to alligators, the girls deal with their sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes ridiculous struggles with a lighthearted warmth and a spirit of sisterhood that left us smiling.
Three deservedly popular YA authors take turns narrating this exuberant novel, which centers on a road trip. After working all summer in their small Florida town at the Waffle House (they call it the Awful Waffle), three girls strike out for the weekend, with Miami their intended destination. The three-way collaboration pushes the authors into directions they might not have chosen individually Lockhart's (TheDisreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks) narrator, Vicks, is less aloof than the author's usual protagonist, and more congenial; she's less elite (she wants to be a cook) but she's just as self-assured and intelligent. Mlynowski's narrator, Mel, the diffident middle child in an affluent Canadian family, faces the same insecurities as the main character in the Bras & Broomsticks books, but she approaches them in a reflective manner. Myracle (TTYL) tries on heavy issues: Bible-thumping Jesse can't cope with her mom's recent diagnosis of cancer. Whip-smart dialogue and a fast-moving, picaresque plot that zooms from lump-in-the-throat moments to all-out giddiness will keep readers going, and it's a testimony to how real these girls seem that the final chapters are profoundly satisfying rather than tidy. Ages 14-up.
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A whole lot of fun!!
I haven't finished a book in a while, but this one I had to. It was very engrossing to me as well as fast-paced and FUN. I found it particularly interesting that all three main characters narrated (they switched chapters off). This novel is a beautifully crafted tale about love, friendship, and road trips. Some might complain that there's no plot, but I have to say that wasn't an issue for me. I loved reading on as each girl discovered a new and improved version of herself. Nonetheless I rated 4 stars when my true opinion is five because this book isn't for everyone. But, fans of girl-power novels will not be disappointed.
I absolutely LOVED this book!!! It captures the exact essence of best friends and the things they do for each other. This is by far one of the best book Myracle has written. It is unbelievable! Great job Lauren!