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I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl

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I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl

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From acclaimed author Gretchen McNeil comes her first realistic contemporary romance—perfect for fans of Kody Keplinger's The Duff and Morgan Matson's Since You've Been Gone.

Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She's starting senior year at the top of her class, she's a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she's got a new boyfriend she's crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.

So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend Jesse dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it's time to use The Formula for herself. She'll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win Jesse back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.

Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn't all it's cracked up to be, and "Trixie" is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity and fix everything she's messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?

From acclaimed author Gretchen McNeil comes her first realistic contemporary romance—perfect for fans of Kody Keplinger's The Duff and Morgan Matson's Since You've Been Gone.

Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She's starting senior year at the top of her class, she's a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she's got a new boyfriend she's crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.

So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend Jesse dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it's time to use The Formula for herself. She'll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win Jesse back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.

Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn't all it's cracked up to be, and "Trixie" is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity and fix everything she's messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?

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About the Author-
  • Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, a writer, and a clown. She is also the author of Get Even as well as Ten, which was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and an ALA Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth and was nominated for Best Young Adult Contemporary Novel of 2012 by Romantic Times. Gretchen blogs with the Enchanted Inkpot and is a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 8, 2016
    In McNeil’s entertaining foray into romantic comedy, MIT-bound Beatrice is frustrated by her “Math Girl” nickname, especially after her boyfriend, Jesse, ditches her for Toile, the whimsical new girl at school. Devising a mathematical formula for finding high school happiness, Beatrice reinvents herself as Trixie, adopting the traits of the “manic pixie dream girl” archetype (among them “childlike playfulness” and the “single-minded goal male wish fulfillment”) to lure Jesse back from Toile, fighting fire with fire—or rather quirk with quirk. Beatrice also forces the formula onto her best friends Spencer and Gabe in an effort to help their social status, encouraging Spencer to recast himself as the school’s “resident artiste and Gabe as a flamboyant, snarky sidekick type. Like Beatrice, McNeil (3:59) knows her way around a formula, and she toys with the conventions, expectations, and trajectory of a classic romantic comedy to examine stereotypes and the identities we project. Readers will easily recognize how misguided Beatrice’s plan is (and who the target of her romantic affections ought to be), but that doesn’t make watching the unfolding chaos any less fun. Ages 13–up. Agent: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown.

  • Kirkus Reviews "A quintessential thinking gal's love story."
  • Publishers Weekly "McNeil...toys with the conventions, expectations, and trajectory of a classic romantic comedy to examine stereotypes and the identities we project."
  • Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin' "A smart and addictive read! Beatrice is real and flawed and always worth rooting for."
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) "A touch of romance with lots of teen angst will make this title a hit with young adult readers"
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "High-energy silliness with a soupçon of genuine heart, this will please fans of the rom-com."
  • School Library Journal "Fans of contemporary novels, particularly Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, will find this offering very satisfying."
  • Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, Founders of Go Fug Yourself Praise for GET EVEN: "GET EVEN expertly mixes suspense and snark, proving once again that Gretchen McNeil is a master of the teen thriller."
  • Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality Praise for GET EVEN: "Don't get mad, get reading this wild ride filled with twists and turns, revenge and romance, suspense and Shakespeare. I can't wait to see what Gretchen McNeil comes up with next."
  • Katie Alender, author of the Bad Girls Don't Die series Praise for GET EVEN: "Get Even is an edge-of-your-seat, sink-your-teeth-into-it mystery filled with vivd, intriguing characters and set against the ruthless landscape of a modern high school. I'm dying for the next book!"
  • Kirkus Reviews Praise for GET EVEN: "A compelling contemporary thriller"
  • Publishers Weekly Praise for GET EVEN: "The suspense that McNeil (Ten) builds should keep readers curious to discover what happens next."
  • Romantic Times Praise for GET EVEN: "Will engage readers."
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Praise for 3:59: "This book is scientifically action-packed, complete with monsters and drama. Teens who are fans of the ever-popular Dr. Who television series will love this book."
  • Kirkus Reviews Praise for TEN: "A breathless read."
  • Publishers Weekly Praise for TEN: "Agatha Christie meets Gossip Girl in McNeil's throwback to old-school thrillers."
  • School Library Journal Praise for TEN: "A quick-paced thriller full of half-facts and red herrings that take readers through the twists and turns of a deadly weekend."
  • Nancy Holder, Bram Stoker Award winning author of THE SCREAMING SEASON Praise for TEN: "Gretchen McNeil's TEN is my new number one! I jumped at every creaking floorboard in my house and on the page. This is sure to be a teen thriller classic!"
  • Christopher Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the THIRST series and REMEMBER ME Praise for TEN: "TEN is a real page turner! Gretchen McNeil knows how to plot a thriller: Her setup is flawless and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat."
  • School Library Journal Praise for POSSESS: "A fantastic YA debut .... the humor and occasional twists will keep fans of the genre hooked and wanting to finish this book in one sitting."
  • ALA Booklist Praise for POSSESS: "McNeil strikes a fine balance between outright scares and sarcastic humor...[a] light, entertaining read."
  • Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series Praise for POSSESS: "With demons, secrets, and a butt-kicking heroine, POSSESS is a whole lotta dark and twisted fun!"
  • Courtney Allison Moulton, author of ANGELFIRE Praise for POSSESS: "A dark, unique, and intelligent novel with frightening twists around every corner that left me breathless."
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