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The Year I Stopped Trying

By: Katie Heaney
Narrated by: Kristen DiMercurio
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Publisher's Summary

Booksmart meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower in this novel of overachieving, existential crises, growing up, and coming out, from the author of Girl Crushed and Never Have I Ever.

Mary is having an existential crisis. She's a good student, she never gets in trouble, and she is searching for the meaning of life. She always thought she'd find it in a perfect score on the SATs. But by junior year, Mary isn't so sure anymore. 

The first time, it's an accident. She forgets to do a history assignment. She even crosses "history essay" off in her pristine planner. And then: Nothing happens. She doesn't burst into flames, the world doesn't end, the teacher doesn't even pull her aside after class.  

So she asks herself: Why am I trying so hard? What if I stop?  

With her signature wit and heaps of dark humor, Katie Heaney delivers a stunning YA novel the sprints full-force into the big questions our teen years beg - and adeptly unravels their web.

©2021 Katie Heaney (P)2021 Listening Library

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"Focusing on the subtle metamorphosis of one funny, high-achieving teen who decides she’d rather know herself than please others, this book embraces coming of age and coming out with humor, candor, and grace. A must for all collections." —School Library Journal, starred

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such a great read!

Fun, relatable, heartfelt and well written. I was completely entertained and couldn't put it down!