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“A smart romance with heart and guts and all the intoxicating feelings in between.” (Maureen Johnson, New York Times best-selling author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes)

Emergency Contact meets Moxie in this cheeky and searing novel that unpacks just how complicated new love can get…when you fall for your enemy.

Eliza Quan is the perfect candidate for editor in chief of her school paper. That is, until ex-jock Len DiMartile decides on a whim to run against her. Suddenly her vast qualifications mean squat because inexperienced Len — who is tall, handsome, and male — just seems more like a leader.

When Eliza’s frustration spills out in a viral essay, she finds herself inspiring a feminist movement she never meant to start, caught between those who believe she’s a gender equality champion and others who think she’s simply crying misogyny.

Amid this growing tension, the school asks Eliza and Len to work side by side to demonstrate civility. But as they get to know one another, Eliza feels increasingly trapped by a horrifying realization — she just might be falling for the face of the patriarchy himself.

New York Times New and Upcoming Young Adult Book to Watch For

A Junior Library Guild Selection 

Parents Magazine Best Book of 2021

©2021 Michelle Quach (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great YA book with excellent character development…

… but I am sorry to say the narrator’s voice borders on annoying, especially over such a long time. The narrator sounds perpetually annoyed and talks way too fast. Guess she’s not here to be liked either.

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Good Story About Prejudice

And the many forms it takes, particularly in high school but really all over our culture. The core story is about the last minute election of an inexperienced male editor over an experienced and qualified young woman. There’s a lot of room for discussion with young readers about why Len suddenly seems more appealing to the high school journalism staff. Many of the prejudgements applied aren’t mentioned in the book.

What’s really interesting is the way the first leap to judgement leads to many others. The rest of the book is an artful unwinding of the MANY different ways we leap to judgement of others when we don’t have the whole story, don’t really care to know the whole story and prefer labels and sound bites to understanding. This is a perfect YA book for interaction in a classroom or parent/teen. It almost completely bypasses race as an issue and gets down to how unfairly we all judge each other. How women are judged is a core theme but there are many others.

It’s pretty ingenious the way the author crafts the plot. It’s all very natural and ideal to a high school setting, but she never drops her core idea.

I rarely read YA novels but this one was very well done and “important” because of the central idea.

Highly recommend.