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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,536 ratings  ·  271 reviews
Raw and moving, this contemporary realistic debut novel unfolds the tragic secrets being kept in a small, deceptively idyllic town.

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss has long held the title of “town slut.” She knows how to have a good time, sure, but she isn’t doing anything all the guys haven’t done. But when you’re a girl with a reputation, every little thing that happens
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by HarperTeen
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Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“We may not have been friends anymore, but Rhiannon was my age, sixteen last summer, and one way or another, she never came home again.”

This was a contemporary story about a girl whose ex-best friend had gone missing the year previously.

Darcy was an okay character, and I thought it was really unfair the slut-shaming she had gone through. Everyone seemed to think that she was sex mad, which wasn’
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A bio? Darcy Celeste Prentiss. Lives in the ass-end of nowhere. Rakes berries. Flunks algebra. The end.

Darcy can't wait to get through her senior year so she can leave her gossipy, small town behind, and travel. But before she can do that, there's summer to be endured, and her job raking blueberries. At work every day she can't avoid the guy with whom she shared one insignificant experience the previous summer. She also can't avoid the rumors that have been flying since that night . . . rumors
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don’t read many thrillers or mysteries and Grit by Gillian French made me ask myself why. This book was pretty amazing. I was hooked from the first page until the last.

Grit is a small town story. I’ve lived in a small town my whole life and I can attest that Gillian French captured the suffocating feeling of a small town perfectly. Grit is full of atmosphere. You can almost feel the dusty heat and hear the whispered gossip as you’re reading. The setting and descriptions were one of my favorite
Kristin Cipolla
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved loved this book! Definitely one of the best YA's I've come across (and I've come across a lot)! ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just..... innumerable heart-eyes.

Krista Regester
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grit has a lot going for it. The cover is perf. The characters are all very unique and likeable enough. The “small town syndrome” is contagious, and the story is particularly interesting. The absolute best thing about this novel though, is the atmosphere. Gillian French’s way of describing the setting, the sweltering heat, the berry-raking madness, the feeling of the town’s judgement – sticks with you. At times I felt like I was living in the story, it draws you in so well.

The main character Da
Nicka Cassandra
Apr 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars!

I want to thank HarperCollins International for sending an egalley of this book!

I was buddy reading this with my friend Jayvee but unfortunately us being a bit critical about “observing” how the book was things turned out to be the least we expected it to be. I was so excited to receive a copy of this book because when I saw the synopsis of it at Goodreads I found it very interesting and promising also the positive reviews made me want to read it more. So that’s why we gave this book I
Imogene Dacanay
May 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-reviewed
Primarily, this book disappointed me.

The book was a bit different than what I thought. I expected conflicting mysteries, some sort of character insanities and mind-blowing twists and turns.

Instead of having read those, the author just showcased the daily life of the main character. The story revolved around Darcy's journey, her continuous mention about the thing that happened on the fourth of July, the sudden disappearance of her former best friend, the problems that she's currently facing and
Natalie Walton
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, mystery, 2017
Almost reminds me of a much milder, more teen-friendly version of a (and I'm not just saying this because of the shared name) Gillian Flynn book. Highly recommended. ...more
This was a good YA mystery. It takes place in a small town,and Gillian does a fantastic job describing the suffocating feel of it.  I loved the atmosphere, and the setting in it self was a big part of this book. I loved the high school summer vibes I got. The characters were well developed and likeable. The main character Darby is one tough cookie, but I really liked her. She has had alot of bad things happen to her and she was still caring about everyone else. This story had 2 mysteries to it . ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a debut author, Gillian French is going to be one to watch. Darcy is a wild child, a teen who likes to drink and go with boys and she's got a reputation to match. She works hard on hot summer days raking blueberries, competing with the boys and the migrant farm workers. The specter of a missing girl is hanging over the town and the sheriff thinks Darcy knows more than she's saying, plus she's been nominated for Festival Princess, which might just be a mean joke. There's a lot going on, but F ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
Wow! Grit is a story most people want to sweep under the rug. Kudos to Gillian French for writing about it.
There are many things going on in this novel but the underling issue is still in the forefront. Darcy is the main character who you can't help but love. She is who she is and she owns it. She has so much love for her cousin who is in special education classes that she will do anything for her........until she can't any more.
I really loved this book. The true, raw emotion, the feeling that
Charlotte  Black
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Grit is a solid and intensely sincere story with a dark tale that's rugged and sharp.
The characters are all flawed. Some more so than others.The writer did a great job enabling me to escape to the small fictional town of Sasanoa near the Penobscot river, Maine. A tiny community where everybody knows everybody else's business. Your life and what you make of it gets to be heard by all, young or old.

At the heart of the novel is a missing girl. Rhiannon was Darcy Prentiss' friend up to a year ago
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a perfect title for this text! (just a side note) -- So I know Gillian French's husband, Darren, and my husband knows both Darren and Gillian. My husband also wisely guessed that I would be excited to read a book by a fellow Mainer and one that I have connections with, so he purchased her debut novel for me for Christmas. I was excited to dive into it, although admittedly nervous, as I wasn't sure if this would really be "my" kind of book. It took a bit to get into (for me), but I shouldn't ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book....once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. What I loved most about this story was the ties and relationships between the Prentiss family; Darcy, Mags, their mother, aunt and the innocent Nell. All these women are dealing with some sort of sorrow in their life and it makes them all act out in different ways...I found their relationships to be the most intriguing. BUT.....I can't forget the relationship between Jesse and Darcy...that was pretty special as well.
A wonderful, gri
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-review, arc, ya, read-2017
wow... I'm definitely the odd person out. I see all the 5 stars but I barely made it through this one.
Grit brings up a lot of issues and then never addresses any of them.
I hung in there for Darcy and the family dynamics, which were wonderfully written but the multiple plot lines went nowhere.
Luke Reynolds
ARC Review (3/6/17, received from Sarah Prineas)

I feel like the odd little duckling out with this one. The premise for Grit sounded like it could have been a winner, and the little positive review hype out right now made me excited, not gonna lie. To me, this seemed like a The Female of the Species situation (even Mindy McGinnis blurbed this), and although I went back and forth on whether to read this constantly, I caved and decided to read it immediately. After all, I'm all for interesting comb
Katy Upperman
3 Things Awesome Things About GRIT

1. Unique. I feel like Grit might be a divisive novel among YA readers; it's quite different from most of the books available in the category. That said, I loved it. It's a slow burn mystery set alongside a raw (and really sad) coming of age story, and just as its title conveys, it is gritty. 
2. All the atmosphere. Gillian French has a gift for setting scenes with very specific, vivid details. The summery rural Maine existence MC Darcy experiences is almost palp
Mar 24, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2017-releases
I thought this was nicely done as a slowly unfolding mystery with well-paced clues and a nice amount of character development all around. The Gillian Flynn comp lends itself to some psychological thriller expectations that aren't what this book is going for, I think, but for those who like straight-up mysteries with a slower burn, this is a good one.

CW: some very early fatphobia that doesn't notably carry throughout, instances of racism
Donna Davis
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody.
Sometimes there is so much in a novelist’s heart that their debut novel tries to do too much. Perhaps that is what happened here. I expected to enjoy Grit, and I tried to engage with the story, but every time I thought we were on our way, it turned out we were going somewhere else. Regardless, my thanks go to Edelweiss, Above the Treeline, and Harper Teen for the DRC, which I received free in exchange for this honest review. It is scheduled for release May 16, 2017.

The novel starts out strong.
S.M. Parker
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gillian French stuns in this fierce contemporary set amid rural poverty and prejudice. Toward the end of the novel, Hunt, my favorite close-lipped, one-word, sees-all character (no spoilers) tells the main character, “You’re funny and you got some grit, which ought to count for more than it does.” And it should. French explores all the ways in which society condemns a girl for having curves, opinions, and desires. With a mystery at its heart, GRIT peels back the layers of a dysfunctional patriar ...more
Bookworm LLC
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cindy-bookshelf
Wow! Grit is a story most people want to sweep under the rug. Kudos to Gillian French for writing about it.
There are many things going on in this novel but the underling issue is still in the forefront. Darcy is the main character who you can't help but love. She is who she is and she owns it. She has so much love for her cousin who is in special education classes that she will do anything for her........until she can't any more.
I really loved this book. The true, raw emotion, the feeling that
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this SO much more than I expected to! Raw and fierce style, great and varied characters, complex female friendships and family relationships.
Rebecca Plaza
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fierce girl, alive in all ways. Full of loyalty, lust, maybe pig-headed determination, complex and human. Just a great character!
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

This book was a bit different than I expected. I don't know what I expected exactly, but something a little more thriller-like, a little more mysterious. But really, this is mostly a story of Darcy's journey, and the obstacles she has to overcome.

I liked how strong Darcy was, and how important family was to her, too. But sometimes I wasn't really connecting to her, which was tough, but
Annie ⚜️
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't think I realized this was YA. I really think I have to be in the mood to really appreciate these.

I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. One thing I know is god I hate how these girls devalue themselves. It's so sad and scary and I just want to hug them and say oh honey, you are worth so much more.

This story is poignant and full of interesting and well painted characters. Each one made me want to know more about them - the mom, the landlord, the aunt, the friends, the sisters. Makes me w
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Review to come soon. I felt the same about this book that I did about French's other novel - there's a good story here, but it meanders far too much to stick as a compelling mystery. I felt myself drifting focus quite a bit during my read of the novel though curious to see how it would resolve. There were moments I could get into the character's head and feel her struggle, but too many times the narrative veered off and cut its own tension. 2.5 stars overall. ...more
Hannah R.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it was very interesting. I couldn't put this book down, it was such a good book but the ending was a huge let down ...more
Suzanne Dix
A very compelling story with plenty of teenage drama.
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-2017
Different than I was expecting, but I still liked it. Darcy was a character I won't be forgetting anytime soon. She was head-strong, tough, and fearless. It wasn't really as thrillery or mysteryful as I wanted, but had a cool atmosphere about it. Definitely will read more from this author!

I've been interested in this book ever since I first heard about it. I mean, it has all the ingredients that make this something I would like: "town slut" issues- CHECK, secrets- CHECK, beauty queen pageant- CH
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Gillian French is the author of five novels for teens: GRIT, THE DOOR TO JANUARY, THE LIES THEY TELL, THE MISSING SEASON, and SUGARING OFF (Algonquin Young Readers, Fall 2022). Her short fiction has placed in many competitions, including Writer's Digest and Zoetrope: All Story contests, and has been published in such magazines are Weirdbook. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maine, ...more

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