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Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Jolie's a lot of things, but she knows that pretty isn't one of them. She has mandibular prognathism, which is the medical term for underbite. Chewing is a pain, headaches are a common occurrence, and she’s never been kissed. She’s months out from having a procedure to correct her underbite, and she cannot wait to be fixed.

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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Feiwel Friends
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Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey, I wrote this book! It's about a high school girl with an underbite, which is a special topic for me because I WAS a high school girl with an underbite. Much like Jolie, I was afraid I was going to die in surgery. THINGS JOLIE NEEDS TO DO BEFORE SHE BITES IT is also about best friends, sisters, amateur low-budget musicals, the ridiculousness of beauty standards, terrible movies, podcasts, attending childbirth classes when you’re not the one having a baby, and those TV shows where surgeries g ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this, it was cute and fun but I couldn't rate it any higher than three stars because it's just not amazing or it didn't blow me away.
Katherine Moore
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-read
I read this book just about at the perfect time; after reading seven dark thrillers, mysteries, and moody fantasies, I needed something to cleanse my literary palette and get me back to 'bookish square zero'.

This really was a delightful read, taking me to all the right places that I hoped a book like this would. It revolves around Jolie Peterson, who is sixteen, in high school, and has an underbite, which is medical termed as 'mandibular prognathism' (I didn't even know that, and my dog has the
Max Baker
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for a honest review

I didn't intend to read this today. In fact, I don't really know when I intended to read this, but for some unknown reason I just started. Maybe I was only going to read a few pages and then stop or maybe a chapter or two. But once I started, I couldn't stop. Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It is just so enjoyable.

Jolie has an underbite, but she's getting it surgically fixed soon. Until then, all she
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jolie had been dealing with her mandibular prognathism, aka underbite, her whole life. There were braces, pallet expanders, and more braces. There were also headaches, jaw aches, a lisp, and foods she could never eat. Finally, Jolie was old enough for corrective surgery, but after one too many "true story" TV shows, she was convinced something could go wrong. Thus, the list was born.

• Pro: Jolie captured my heart. She was that girl, who didn't see what other people saw when she looked in the mi
Lauren Rochford
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A funny, feel-good, total delight of a book. So much happens, and I loved all of it: there's a high school musical featuring astronauts and pigs, a best friend group that holds emergency meetings at Applebee's, and a quest to complete a bucket list with goals like 'kiss the cutest boy at school.' Through all of that, there's a beautiful story about two sisters who learn to rely on each other when life sucks, a girl struggling with self-confidence and body image, and of course, a swoony romance ( ...more
Funny, empowering and creative, this book was whip-smart and a perfect summer read.

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Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jolie, like a lot of high schoolers, is self-conscious about the way she looks. Unlike most high schoolers though, she can get a surgery that she believes will fix all her problems. Now, before the surgery, she is determined to check things off her bucket list, just in case she dies while under the knife.

I loved this book. Kerry Winfrey really captures everything that is great and awful about being a teenager. Jolie is one of those teens with a couple really close, quirky friends, lots of time t
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Cover Story: Montell Jordan
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Straight Up
Bonus Factors: Deep Dive, Theatre Kids
Relationship Status: Kiss Me

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May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Wow..oh wow! I can't believe how much I loved this book! I had low expectations when I first started it, but the character is sweet, charming, and disarming! LOL. Jolie is the girl that hides in all of us at one point or another. She is unsure, funny, self-conscious and outright not who she wants to be on the outside. Jolie has an underbite which she is getting surgically fixed. Excited about this, she begins to plan all the "grea
Katy Upperman
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Three Things I Loved About JOLIE...
1. Authentically teen. This book, more than any other I've read lately, felt like high school. Maybe that's because I related deeply to MC Jolie and her desire to avoid taking up space. Or, maybe author Kerry Winfrey's just exceptionally talented when it comes to capturing the voice and spirit of teenagers. Either way, I can't wait to read more of her work.
2. Cuuuuute romance. Without giving too much away, the turn this book took romance-wise was delightful. It
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jolie Peterson has been reasonably happy for most of her life. She has a loving and supportive family, reliable grades in school, and some great best friends. However, she’s never felt perfect. She has a mandibular prognathism, another way of saying an underbite. Jolie’s never felt as pretty as her older sister Abbi or even pretty enough to participate in things like speeches in front of her class. She gets regular headaches, chewing is a painful issue and she still dreams of a first kiss.

Two mo
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a really cute story and is so relatable for me. Not the underbite part-- mine is an overbite, and it does indeed make chewing hard-- but the part of not seeing yourself as pretty and not feeling like you can measure up to the world's standard? I can completely relate to that. I can also relate to being scared of change and not wanting to be in front of people and making up these fantasies about your crushes.

All of that was really well done, as was her friendships and her relationship wi
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a Sentence:
Jolie has things she needs to do before she (potentially) bites it on the operating table.

Jolie feels defined by her underbite, but in a few months she’ll be getting surgery to finally fix it for good. Thanks to the horrifying TV shows her mom and sister watch, she’s now also terrified that she’ll die during surgery. She therefore starts a list of things she wants to do before she dies, and a big one is to kiss her crush Noah. With the help of her best friends Derek and Eve
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jolie is finally about to have the surgery that she’s been waiting for her whole life: the one that will fix her underbite, thus ridding her of chronic headaches, jaw pain, trouble eating and speaking (not to mention making her look normal). But after watching way too much worst-case scenario reality TV, Jolie becomes obsessed with the possibility that she could die on the operating table. With the help of her best-friends Derek and Evelyn, Jolie creates a bucket list and races to finish it befo ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute and important read. Growing up, I, too, had an underbite so I really related to the main character and her insecurities thinking she was ugly just because she suffered from a physical abnormality. I also related to her fear of going to the orthodontist to get it fixed, because so many things could go wrong. The same thing with her having only a few friends because she felt like everyone else thought she was ugly. It was a super relatable read, basically. She makes a list of ...more
Junior Jolie Peterson has never considered herself to be attractive due to what she considers to be a very noticeable underbite. Her worries about her looks, especially when compared to her gorgeous older sister Abbi's, have kept her hidden in the shadows since she doesn't want anyone noticing her. But as time draws near for her to have corrective surgery on her jaw in order to prevent future health issues and prevent headaches--and in Jolie's eyes, make her beautiful--she decides to draw up a b ...more
Ruth Ann
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mandibular prognathism. I read this book to find out how author Kerry Winfrey would handle this topic.
Our main character, Jolie, is lucky. Her friends think she is pretty - not that this is so very important - and they are very supportive, as her family is. I could not wait for Jolie to have her surgery!
The thing about Jolie getting the lead female role in the high school spring musical is too unrealistic. How Jolie needs to overcome her fears to be successful is right on target. :)
I have the o
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
**Big thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the digital ARC!

This is a pretty touching book! I mean, take a look at these quotes:

"It's like I'm always looking at myself from the outside, always imagining how other people see me, always looking at myself through the lens of judgement."

"After a lifetime spent making sure no one sees or hears me, it's weird to realize that maybe I do actually deserve to be heard after all."

How can we not love a character like this- someone who shares what I'm su
Kilie (The Falling Bookshelf)
I was wary when I first started. Jolie annoyed me a bit with her "Woe is me" attitude. But what really redeemed that were her two best friends, Evelyn and Derek. They straight up call her out on her bullshit. “You're right, I don't give a single bedazzled shit what anyone else thinks of the way I look, or act, or think, but that doesn't mean I'm not aware of it. You aren't the only one who lives with self-doubt, Jolie.” This was a very quick but fun read and as someone with jaw issues, although ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I have wavered between 3 and 4 stars here as I think overall, the story is interesting with some compelling characters and some engaging situations and issues. Jolie, at the heart of the story, is appealing and her voice is the strongest feature of the book. While her medical issue is a bit unusual, the issue of physical beauty is one that most teens will connect to.

Winfrey takes on a lot of issues in this story and some of them felt a bit superficially managed. Some of the main themes were well
Bailey Shrewsbury
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this one. Kerry Winfrey has done it again. Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It is a refreshing, feminist take on high school. It felt like Jolie was my friend and I was watching her life unfold, rooting for her the whole time. I wanted her to get what she wanted but overall I wanted her to love herself.

Loving yourself, with or without a severe underbite, isn't an easy thing to do. We get to tag along with Jolie on her journey to start loving herself just a little bit
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: solid-ms-books
Cute! I'm all about realistic fiction, so this one is right up my alley.
Some of the thoughts Jolie had were just LOL funny, and I put them in my notes, which won't show up until I sync my Kindle (which I can't do until I finish my next ebook, which was "returned" to the library already. Sorry CRRL).
I'll be happy to suggest to kids looking for realistic fiction with a little romance thrown in.
Erin Charpentier
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Jolie has an underbite severe enough that the only fix is breaking her jaw. She's decided to do the surgery, but begins to convince herself that she might die during surgery. As such, she enlists her two best friends to help her create a bucket list before her surgery. Like many YA books, this one is sugary and everything works out in the end, but it was still an easy enjoyable read.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
13/10 would recommend

Give me a book that supports Idris Elba as the next James Bond and I’ll show you a 5-Star review. Ok fine that tidbit is only a tiny fraction of what makes this book utterly delightful but if you want to find out more you’ll have to read it for yourself!
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Randomly was out with a friend who wanted to talk about underbite right after I finished this book and got to wow (imho) her about my knowledge on underbite surgery, which I will always count as a win.
Kate Avino
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A charming read!
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
While this was full of cliches and the plot was predictable, it was also very entertaining. I actually laughed out loud multiple times while reading it! I would recommend it for a lazy day.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just skimmed through it :( it seemed to be all about her sister's pregnancy and all the guys she kissed instead of focusing on the actual plot.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fucking loved this book
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Kerry Winfrey grew up in Bellville, Ohio, where she spent most of her time reading inappropriate books at the library. Not much has changed. Kerry writes for HelloGiggles and blogs at She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, their son, and their dog, Merlin. You can find her on Twitter @KerryAnn.
“Sometimes we get chances - opportunities - that we're meant to take. And if you take the leap, things will open up and change. And if you take a step back instead? Okay. That's your decision. But you'll never know what you were supposed to find out.” 0 likes
“After tomorrow, I'll see a different face staring back at me from the mirror - at first, a swollen face, but then one with a smaller jaw and a straighter smile. This is what I've wanted for years, but standing on the edge of all this change, I feel like I want to pause time and remember exactly what if feels like to be here now - in the before.” 0 likes
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