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Publisher's Summary

"A powerful, poignant story about a girl rewriting her story on her own terms. Jo Beckett's journey of sexual and emotional agency is at once tender, painful, hilarious, and courageous."
—Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces 

An emotional and empowering novel about reputation and double standards, perfect for fans of Katie Cotugno and Sarah Dessen.

Jo Beckett is looking for love. She's fallen for a few boys, but for some reason, they've never fallen for her. One night, at a party she didn't even want to go to, she finds out the truth. Those boys, who are on the wrestling team she manages, consider her just a “practice girl”—the popular term for girl who’s good enough to hook up with but not to date.

With this crushing revelation, Jo feels so many things—heartsick, ashamed, betrayed, and angry. But she refuses to let that label define her. In piecing her life back together, Jo is forced to unpack more uncomfortable truths about all her relationships—from her best friend to the boy she likes--that help her understand her real worth. 

From the author of the acclaimed This Raging Light, Practice Girl is a heart-wrenching, relatable, and ultimately triumphant story about a girl who rejects her label and decides for herself who she is to the world.

©2022 Estelle Laure (P)2022 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"A powerful, poignant story about a girl rewriting her story on her own terms. Jo Beckett's journey of sexual and emotional agency is at once tender, painful, hilarious, and courageous."—Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

"Warm and funny and charming and smart."—Katie Cotugno, New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days  

"No one captures the complexities of teenage girldom like Estelle Laure. A deeply felt, unflinchingly relatable, and ultimately empowering novel about the unjust double standards and dehumanizing labels that girls and women are often forced to navigate. Readers will cheer for Jo!"Kerry Kletter, author of The First Time She Drowned  

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Loved this book and miss the characters

I stumbled upon this book, not my usual. So glad I did, I loved it! I loved the characters, the narrator, the story line. Now I miss the characters so much. This would be a great movie!

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I listened because of Caitlin Kinnunen, but fell for the story. Great structure, not predictable and a great listen.

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I started and couldn't stop and now I want more. I loved every part, the story, the characters, the moral, the empowerment, the view!! love