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Any Other Girl

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  221 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
“A deftly written story of friendship, romance, and second chances.” --Natasha Sinel, author of The Fix

After a disastrous, reputation-destroying party at the end of junior year, Kat Henley has a new plan. When it comes to boys—especially other people’s boys:
Don’t touch.
Don’t smile.
Don’t charm.
In the past, drawing attention to herself helped distract people from what re
ebook, 272 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Kensington
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Rebecca Phillips
May 05, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-that

Hi! Author here.

I had an absolute blast writing this. Compared to my last book, Faking Perfect, this one is more light-hearted and heavier on the romance.

Other book facts:

1. I wrote about half the manuscript during National Novel Writing Month (2013).

2. I researched/looked at many 1940s pin-up girls for my inspiration for Kat.

3. Kat has two dads and they were probably my favorite characters to write, ever.

4. The vast majority of the book takes place at Kat's family's summer cottage on the lake.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Kat is a confident teenager with quite the reputation at school; she’s a natural born flirt. Her abrupt personality either intimidates or attracts boys but it’s also managed to lose her quite a few girlfriends, all accept her best friend Shay. However when Kat’s too friendly nature is directed at Shay’s new boyfriend she suddenly finds her self alone, friendless and at the center of the school’s latest gossip. Lucky for Kat she’ll be spending her summer with her dad’s at their holiday cabin alon ...more
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Kat likes to flirt. A lot. A naturally touchy-feely person, her innate flirtatiousness sometimes gets taken the wrong way. Like when she flirts with her best friend Shay’s boyfriend at a party. Deciding to turn over a new, non-flirty leaf, she leaves town to spend the summer at the lake with her parents, aunt and cousin. When Kat and Harper meet a hot new neighbour, Emmett, and Harper lays claim to him, Kat finds she has to reel in the flirtatiousness in order to not hurt Harper’s feelings, desp ...more
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*Digital ARC was received from Kensington Publishing through Netgalley*

Rating: 3/5

I read this sometime back in January and honestly it took me almost two weeks to finish it because partly I was so busy that I kept putting it off. And partly, maybe it’s because I didn’t really find any part of the book that made me want to sit down for hours, ignoring the world and keep reading non-stop till the last page.

Any Other Girl told a story of
Cristina (My Tiny Obsessions)
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This book was somewhat different from what I was expecting, and that’s such a good thing. I really liked that Rebecca Phillips took such a used theme, and gave it its own spin.

I really enjoyed the writing, the only small problem I had – and it wasn’t with the writing itself – was with the passages, which could totally be because I was reading the unfinished version. I thought that the passages were sometimes abrupt, some even encompassing long periods of time. But once I got
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This was another book that didn't really evoke strong feelings in me. There were things that I liked and things that I didn't. I didn't expect to like Kat at first. It took me a while to connect with her. The book starts with her flirting with her best friend's boyfriend at a party. It irritated me that she would do that at all, but then when her friend confronted her about it, she shrugged it off and said she didn't do anything
Teri Beth
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-netgally
ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley

Most people would assume a two star review to be full of negatives about the book, but that's not going to be the case here. I don't have a lot of negatives to point out when it comes to Any Other Girl. So why two stars? Because by the time I'm halfway into my next book I know I'm not going to remember that I even read this one. Any Other Girl was cute enough, I read it quickly in one sitting. My issue was that nothing really stood out to me. I didn't hate
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy via netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

This was a heartfelt, quirky, and fun summery read. It's full of character growth, heart break, acceptance and all things we learn growing up during a summer as a teen. I really enjoyed the story's pace it was a great afternoon read, probably would've been better during summer and not winter since now I have a case of the blue wishing I could be at the lake. But other then that it was lovely. 4.5 stars
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

The characters in this annoyed me a few times, and I couldn't warm to them enough to really like them, but they were alright.

The pacing in this was a bit slow for me, and after a while the book started to drag slightly because of it. Apart from that though, it was an okay read.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Fast-paced with appealing characters, Any Other Girl by Rebecca Phillips is a gripping young adult novel that touches on quite a few relevant social issues.

Kat Henley's friendliness is often perceived as flirting and as the story opens, a conversation at a party with her best friend Shay's boyfriend ends their two year friendship when Shay accuses Kat of flirting with him. The last weeks of school are uncomfortable since all of Kat's friends are also Shay's friends and they turn their
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review also found at

** I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Kensington via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is January 26th 2016**

I am not a stranger to Phillips work. I had previously read Faking Perfect (read review here ) and enjoyed it. I did not realise this when I picked this book up however now that I am aware I now have a new author to look out for when I am in the mood for the YA ge
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I fell head over heels with Phillips' writing when I read Faking Perfect so when I saw she had another book coming out, I knew I just had to read it. And I'm so glad I did because ANY OTHER GIRL was so good. It was the perfect summer romance novel and I loved every second of my reading of it.

I think the best part of it was that even though it was clearly a romance novel, there were so many other layers to it with Ka
Dee/ bookworm
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
After a disastrous, reputation-destroying party at the end of junior year, Kat Henley has a new plan. When it comes to boys—especially other people’s boys:

Don’t touch.
Don’t smile.
Don’t charm.

In the past, drawing attention to herself helped distract people from what really makes Kat different—having two gay parents. But it’s also cost her friendships. Kat can’t afford to lose any more of those, especially not her cousin, Harper. They’re spending one last summer together at the lake, where they ru
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, romance
Kensington Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Kat Henley is happy to go to her family's cottage for the summer, after some harmless flirting with her best friend's boyfriend makes her a social pariah. Looking forward to the familiar, Kat is surprised to find that many changes were made in her absence. A surly and mysterious new neighbor might provide a good distraction, so Kat decides to set him up with her cousin. As it turns o
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Overall, Any Other Girl is a great read! I absolutely loved seeing the two fathers - Dad and Pop - as the very believable happily married parents, amid all the other personal and family dynamics. The contrast between Kat's two happily married dads drawing negative attention compared to Emmett's parents having a negative relationship was well drawn, especially amid all the other personal and family dynamics. The genre-fiction writing Dad was a fun sub-plot to read! This is a great and honest teen
Ariela Penate
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kat is known to flirt with guys uncontrollably and she looses her best friend shay because she gets to close with her boyfriend. Everyone turns on Kat but its almost summer so she has a chance to change her life. She goes to her lake house with her two gay fathers, And her aunt and her cousin Harper. they meet their next door neighbor named Emmett. Harper starts to have feelings for Emmett but Emmett has feelings for kat. Kat likes emmett back but she doesn't want to hurt her cousin because that ...more
Ashley Christensen

I had real problems with this book.
Friendliness does not equal flirting, and, considering this is YA, it's dangerous to keep spreading this idea around. GIRLS AND GUYS CAN BE FRIENDS. GIRLS CAN TALK TO GUYS THAT HAVE GIRLFRIENDS. AND PERPETUATING THIS IDEA THAT ANY TIME YOU TALK TO A GUY MEANS YOU'RE FLIRTING IS WRONG. STOP IT.

Okay, now that I have that off of my chest.
If not for that, I probably could have easily rated this book 3 or maybe even 4 stars. I
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
The thing is, I disliked Kat as a character. She kept saying she just normally flirts with everyone. Well no girl would like that.And the concept of going out of her way to be a girly girl because ages ago made a stupid comment? No respect for Kat on that front either. I didn't quite understand why Harper liking a boy first made him unavailable for her cousin for all eternity? It just sounded childish.
Idek this book was just 'meh', neither here nor there.
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read any of Rebecca Phillips work before, but boy, am I glad that I have finally had the honors of getting my hands on one of her books. I've heard of Faking Perfect, but I've never had the chance to pick it up. Trust me when I say this: I am going to religiously hunt down a copy ASAP.

Any Other Girl is a provocative, fast-paced contemporary romance that will force you to think about accepting your true self in the face of issues relevant to every day discussions. With same-sex pare
Angel - Angel Reads
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I was received an e-arc of Any Other Girl by Rebecca Phillips by Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feeling about the book.
I didn’t realise that when I asked to review Any Other Girl that I have already read a book by Rebecca Phillips, it wasn’t until I started reading that I noticed that the writing style and characters was similar to something that I have read before – and then it clic
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. Many thanks to the publisher for trusting me with the task, being my first time reviewing for them.

Kat has just betrayed her best friend's trust when she flirted with her boyfriend and now she needs to make this summer perfect, being the last she gets to spend with her cousin and only friend. Her resolution is not to charm boys, especially not the new boy to whom her cousin appears to be attracted. However, Emmet's obvious interest in Ka
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an e-ARC from netgalley in return for an honest review.

This book was alright. It was a read that would be perfect for summer as the story takes place during the summer. Its about a girl named Kat who runs into trouble after her over friendliness with her friend’s boyfriend gets her in trouble. She goes on vacation with her family and vows to have the best summer ever with her cousin. This however becomes hard when a new guy shows up in town. Her cousin automatically sets her sights o
Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

Rebecca Phillips’s Faking Perfect was the first e-ARC I received from NetGalley, and I enjoyed it greatly. When I saw Rebecca’s next book up, I knew I had to request it immediately.

Kat Henley loves to be the center of attention, which she does in order to distract others from her two gay fathers. She’s girly and loves to flirt, and the novel begins with her flirting with her best friend’s boyfriend and then
After a disastrous, reputation-destroying party at the end of junior year, Kat Henley has a new plan. When it comes to boys--especially other people's boys:

Don't touch.
Don't smile.
Don't charm.

In the past, drawing attention to herself helped distract people from what really makes Kat different--having two gay parents. But it's also cost her friendships. Kat can't afford to lose any more of those, especially not her cousin, Harper. They're spending one last summer together at the lake, where they
Stevie Carroll
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread:

Being the odd one out in a group is tough, especially so for teenagers, and I really feel for Kat right from the start of this book, as she does everything she can to distract people from her unconventional family and to try and fit in better with how people think she should act. It’s not that she wants to be the centre of attention, necessarily, it’s just that she doesn’t want her fathers to either be ostracised or to find out that people
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story follows teenager Kat, a natural born flirt, which sometimes gets her into trouble as she doesn’t always realise she’s flirting. Boy’s love it but girls tend to be wary of her, including her now ex-best friend Shay. Kat finds her self friendless after becoming big news around school. Kat and her family are spending their summer at their holiday cottage which means Kat gets a break and a chance to start fresh.

I thought Kat was a decent character, I liked her most of the time but she did
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kat is one of those teenage girls who fills most of her peers with rage and frustration. She's gorgeous, she's feminine, and she has mad flirtation skills. She also has only one friend because everyone else hates her.

Well, she had one friend. She blows that relationship when she appears to flirt with her friend's boyfriend.

This leaves her cousin Harper. Every year, Kat and her two dads (you read that right) head to a lake cottage for the summer, during which she and Harper hang out, relax, and r
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I received this free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This was a cute summer book about love, friendship and moving on.

I have to say that I almost feel sorry for Kat. I love her dads - they are a hoot and I would love to experience having two gay dads because I think it would be an interesting concept, but it would also be hard for a daughter to grow up with that negativity from others who don't approve of such things. So Kat is a fighter; she gets the negative attention aw
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great coming of age contemporary! I previously read Rebecca Phillips' "Faking Perfect" and really liked her writing voice, so I was happy to get a chance to read another book written by her. Any Other Girl was written in much that same fun fresh voice that I loved in Faking Perfect and had the same overall good flow. I loved that it was very realistic and had just the right amount of conflict without being overly angsty. Kat was an easy character for me to understand and although she ...more
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Rebecca Phillips has been writing YA since she was a YA herself. She's the author of:

The JUST YOU series
ANY OTHER GIRL (Kensington)

Rebecca lives in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten cat. Visit Rebecca on her website www.rebeccawritesy
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