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(Ella #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  493 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Sixteen year old Raphaelle is that girl who says the wrong thing, who crosses the wrong person, who has the wrong hair, the wrong body, the wrong attitude, the totally wrong clothes. She can’t do anything right, except draw, but she draws the wrong pictures. When her father moves the family to a small prairie city, Raphaelle wants to leave behind the misfit rebel, the outc ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Orca (first published September 30th 2013)
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Gunjan (NerdyBirdie)
This book is about Raphaelle . . . a girl who thinks she has the wrong hair, the wrong body, the wrong clothes, and the wrong attitude. She’s in love with art, and that’s how she expresses her “audacity.” A lot of people tend to think something’s wrong with her. Anyway, after some family problems, they all move away to a new town. She starts fresh and continues to call herself “Ella” which is her new persona in this “new life.” After meeting Samir—a new boy in art class—she decides that she is g ...more
Ben Livant
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone
Recommended to Ben by: My wife
Full disclosure: The author of Audacious is the sister-in-law of this reviewer. That announced, let it also be declared that the bias I brought to my reading of this book was negative. Not that I am not kindly disposed to my relative. It's simply that I pretty much read nothing but non-fiction; classical philosophic literature, modern theoretical works, et cetera. I am generally not receptive to fiction, never mind a story intended for a contemporary adolescent audience, female teenagers in part ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book. I had to read it for a book club called White Pine. I enjoyed it to a point but when the story only focused on her relationship with Samir, I lost interest. I grew bored and I felt that at times it was slow paced. The poems were beautiful but I guess this book wasn't for me. It was not my cup of tea. For the past few days, I kept switching the different genres I read so I can try out everything. This book is different but I didn't enjoy it. ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I received this book from a giveaway.

“Real art requires risk, she says
And a certain willingness
To be exposed
And vulnerable
Not just to scrutiny but to criticism
And even condemnation”

Raphaelle and her family have just moved. Raphaelle will attend a new school and meet new people. She has always been an outcast. So this time she plans to re-invent herself.
She becomes Ella.
Things aren't going as smoothly as she hoped. Her art teacher, Ms. Sagal, asks her and Samir to paint something for the
Sofia Li
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Who Would I Recommend This Book To?

Anyone in the mood for gritty, teen fiction
A book that does not skim lightly over the "hard stuff"
Something that is brutally, sometimes painfully honest
Beautiful, thought-provoking writing style
Fans of Ellen Hopkins, Laurie Halse Anderson, and David Levithan

What Was My Reaction After I Finished This Book?

Why the hell would Audacious end like that?

Background & Backstory

I haven't heard about this book too much throughout the Blogosphere. The only reason I pick
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was an interesting read. I share three experiences with the protagonist. One about Gabriel, one about Samir, and one similar to her mother. And I was audacious in my own way, but never in the way that got me in trouble. I was raved as a talented artist and teachers loved me. I went through bullying but I didn't strike back. So it was interesting to see how she reacted to the similar events in life with so much more anger and energy. Maybe it's cultural (us Japanese are taught to be polite and ...more
Holy cow do I have a love/hate relationship with this book! A part of me wants to love it because it brings empowerment words that CoUNT. And another part of my wants to hate it because it portrays religious people as close-minded bigots. The reality is that girls have more to offer than their "virtue," but most people of faith are more moderate than media would lead you to believe. Ultimately, what is going to keep me from loving this book is that the verse tries too damn hard to be poetry when ...more
Avery St Pierre
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Pushing the boundaries of YA contemporary, Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast deals with mature themes and treats its readers like young adults, instead of old children. This novel was so rich in thematic material that I don’t know where to begin: a forbidden love story, a court case, an eating disorder and just plain coming of age. I think, that in all its chaotic issues and hurdles, Audacious paints (or is that photographs?) an accurate picture of growing up and finding yourself, even in the ...more
I love novels in verse and Audacious stands out in its own right because of Raphaelle, our wonderful leading lady. Every character in this book has his or her own flaws, including Raphaelle. She wants to fit in. She wants to get over the past. She wants to ignore everything that's wrong with her family so that she can focus on fixing herself instead. Sometimes she makes the wrong choices. Sometimes things turn out horribly for her. But she's real, and fun to read, and I couldn't wait to read on ...more
Tess Prente
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This verse novel is getting rave reviews! I read it as an advanced reading copy and was not a bit surprised by all the positive attention is continues to garner in Canada and the USA. Ella's story is both engaging and provocative, and readers will be swept along with this teenage misfit protagonist as her social world spirals out of control. Hard to put down, Ella's story will get under your skin. Thankfully, the sequel Capricious will be out very soon and is also getting great reviews from thos ...more
Sasha Bell
I liked this book a lot! It was very nicely written. The writing had a flow which made it very enjoyable to read. I also liked that - although this book is free-verse - different types of poetry were used in its writing. For example, sonnets! There may have been haikus as well but I didn't notice them. The one thing that bothered me was the way everyone texted. Thy al flt th need 2 tlk lik dis, fr sm rsn?? That's not a real problem, though. ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I'm so glad to have finally gotten the chance to read this as I adored the second book in this series. Yes, I read the second book first and it was great by itself, but reading this definitely helped clear up a few things I didn't understand.

I love what this book is. The story of a teenage girl from a Catholic family trying to figure herself and the world out. It deals with her burgeoning thoughts on sex and sexuality and how it conflicts with the more traditional views of her religion
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I've never actually gone out on a mission to read a novel in verse- they just seem to find me. When I read The Language Inside by Holly Thompson, I had no idea it was in verse but ended up loving the story. I'm not at all surprised that the same exact things happened with Audacious...

Raphaelle has never let herself fit into what others want. Instead, she is who she wants to be, especially when it comes to her art. But when it comes time for Raphaelle and her family to move, she reinvents herself
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Have you read the blurb? It sounds seriously amazing and different! I knew I had to read Audacious as soon as I read that blurb. Pornography charges for artwork? That is definitely something I have never read about before. However, the story ended up being about so much more than just Raphaelle's controversial painting. The author covers a lot of bases in Audacious: censorship, mental health, family dynamics, love, race, religion, and sex. It may seem like she tried to do too much, but everythin ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nice. Here is a protagonist who does not quite fit in, even when she tries, and that doesn't make her quirky and unique and lovable—she does a number of things that could be described as quite unlovable, really. She tries, she does, but her resolutions to blend in and stay in the background don't really...last. She cares, and she doesn't.

But it's not just Raphaelle: her mother's falling apart; her father's physically there but mentally checked out; her sister is acing popularity but failing ever
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
AMAZING! The idea of writing a novel in verse changes the meaning and how it affects the reader. Novels in verse are especially interesting to read because they tell a story and have multiple poems which can change the reader's perception of what a character is feeling. Poetry is one of those things that allows people to tell the world how they are feeling in a way that can be difficult using regular words in a regular style.

Audacious is a book that anyone can relate to, without their belie
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it

Date Read: February 2015
This is my 1st time reading it.
Rating: 4 stars.

Read this in one sitting. The writing was really beautiful. Not much of a plot but still very interesting and enjoyable to read. It dealt with some complex & controversial topics (law, religion, tragedy, eating disorders, mental illness) that I thought were done very well.

I found all the characters developed and somewhat likeable (which is really hard to do with verse-writing).

I know the blurb makes the main cha
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful coming of age story for misfits, this verse novel presents challenging themes without being heavy-handed and leaves readers feeling like they have spent several months with the protagonist, the fabulous Ella! Perfect for those extremely bright, but "reluctant" and/or hard to please readers, this book may well serve as a "gateway" to all the other fantastic verse novels in the world of young adult literature. I will go out on a limb here and say that I think boys will enjoy this story ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Read this book in a few hours.
Amazing, I couldn't put it down.

I've always been a fan of verse style novels ever since reading one of Sonya Sones.
I wasn't entirely sure what this book was about from the description, I actually immediately thought at first that it was going to be a fantasy/supernautral book but I was wrong XD
Its an amazing novel though, highly recommend you check it out!
Jessica Bloczynski
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've never read a novel in verse before, but this was great. Lyrical, articulate. Raphaelle is well drawn and while all of the action and drama is firmly grounded in the real world, that doesn't keep it from being compelling. Great voice. A lot of really smart things to say about censorship and what it's like to not fit in. I liked it a lot. ...more
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bloody marvelous! Bound to sell like hotcakes. Gotta love a strong independent-minded female adolescent protagonist. And the verse style. A winner all around, vote now, vote often....
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lyrical language + excellent characterization = Top notch page turner. Can't wait til the next one. ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some very beautiful writing for some very ugly topics. The last page nearly made my head explode though, not cool. Definitely will be reading the next one.
Tanya Kyi
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is only the third verse novel I've ever read, but by far the best. I was amazed at the depth, and the plot twists, encompassed in so few words. A powerful story! ...more
Rachel Seigel
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A novel in verse about identity and self. Powerful and moving, and a must-read for high-school aged girls.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-2014
Amazing verse novel. It's audacious. No joke. ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: verse-novel
A book that really makes you question who you are, I thoroughly enjoyed eading it
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written book that uses poems to deliver all of the emotions and thoughts. The contents are really AUDACIOUS.
Even though I have roughly close to a gazillion books on my to-read list, I can't help but browse the shelves at the library.

That's how I came across Audacious. I was drawn to the cover and when I discovered it was written in free verse, I absolutely had to grab it. I started it that night and read it straight through.

Raphaelle has ISSUES and I don't mean just one or two quirks, I mean ISSUES. Obviously the author wanted people to think but there were too many ISSUES for me to wrap my mind aro
Sixteen year old Raphaelle is that girl who says the wrong thing, who crosses the wrong person, who has the wrong hair, the wrong body, the wrong attitude, the totally wrong clothes. She can’t do anything right, except draw, but she draws the wrong pictures. When her father moves the family to a small prairie city, Raphaelle wants to leave behind the misfit rebel, the outcast, the vengeful trouble-maker she was. Reborn as “Ella,” she plans to fit in at her new school, while her perfect younger s ...more
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