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Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  467 ratings  ·  103 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.

While her family watches worst-case scenario TV s
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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After reading (and fawning all over) Waiting for Tom Hanks, I knew I would need more Kerry Winfrey in my life in short order. Per usual my best friend . . . .

Full Disclosure: That is the branch that is 15 minutes away from my house. My branch (a/k/a The Pornbrary) is not pretty . . . .

But I digress. Long story long, the library had a copy of this one to lend me.

Note to all grown-ups: This is 100,000,000,0000% Young Adult so
Jen (Pop! Goes The Reader)
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“I think about the things I spent my whole life avoiding, the time I spent hiding, the moments when I tried to make myself small and invisible. If only I’d known that this was on the other side of my fear, that all I had to do was let people see me.”

Sixteen-year-old Jolie Peterson has spent her entire life attempting to hide in plain sight. Born with mandibular prognathism (an underbite), Jolie has always felt inse
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
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. ...more
Katherine Moore
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, 2018
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
Krystal  (Nerdy_book_lover_1987)
I liked Jolie because I can somewhat relate to her. But I didn't like her lack of confidence and her low self esteem. I get what it's like to not feel pretty. I get what it's like to think someone else thinks your ugly. I get what's it like to like someone and not believe that they like you back. Totally relatable. Maybe not for the same reasons as her story but still I totally got it! But man, she really tears herself down like she is the ugliest person in the world! Drove me crazy through out ...more
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
Shelves: arcs, ya, contemporary
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
Alice 🌙
Jul 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
4/5 ⭐️
Okay this was actually good and pretty funny. I laughed more then a few times.
Julie Anna (julieannareads)
This was a fun book full of teenage angst. I appreciated the deeper message of loving yourself despite your physical appearance and accepting love from others, even if at times it felt a bit repetitive. I really enjoy the way Kerry Winfrey writes!
francis moore
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: came-soon-18-20
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I love this twist on the “girl with a disease” trope (looks at John Green). Yes, this girl has a medical condition, but she’s not going to die. But, just to be safe she’s going to make a bucket list and go on adventures with her friends anyway. Things was light and playful, while also making a powerful statement about how we see ourselves, how others see us, and how we should treat each other in awareness of that. Perfect for fans of aforement
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kerry Winfrey's books are always a delight. She is one of the funniest writers out there. I loved this story, I loved Jolie and her family and her friends, and wish I could listen to the podcast Deep Dive. The musical in the book is hilarious and I wish I could watch that, too. ...more
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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Graded By: Rosemary
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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Michayla (WaitingfortheSecondStar)
Delightful, sugary sweetness. You can feel the “personal”ness of this story in every page. Also, I’m a totally sucker for the “friends first” romances, since I’m living my own. This is my favorite Winfrey book so far, and I can’t wait for more to come!
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-reviews
Such a cute and fun read!
Loved the way it showed Jolie and Abby's insecurities, and how it revolves around a process of healing on both parties (+1, may I add).
Really liked it.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I had a hard time pushing through this book but I’ve noticed that when it comes to YA, I struggle to connect. I just ordered Not Like The Movies, I’m looking forward to reading it, as I loved Waiting for Tom Hanks.
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
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really cute!!
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
Ari (Books. Libraries. Also, cats.)
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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 buck
Justine Manzano
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think any book lover worth their salt has a large To Be Read pile waiting to be tackled. Over the last year or so, I’ve been trying to work my way through mine, which encompasses an entire bookcase--I may have gone overboard. The book I’ll be reviewing today was acquired on the book convention circuit, picking up free ARCs. I never got to this book before it came out officially, and I, sadly, never even read the description before grabbing it up because the cover looked pretty. I know, I’m bad ...more
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
Sophia Dyer • bookishly.vintage
This story was super cute and I can totally see it being made into a Netflix movie adaptation. Kerry Winfrey does a good job talking about teenage insecurities and how a lot of girls feel they are broken just because they do not look like the models in magazines. I mean, Jolie literally had a scrapbook full of women she cut out of magazines. She also learns that "fixing" one problem will not change who you are as a person, and most the time it just causes a small change that is barely noticeable ...more
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 23, 2020 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
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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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
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
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Kerry Winfrey is the author of the adult romantic comedies WAITING FOR TOM HANKS and NOT LIKE THE MOVIES and the teen romantic comedies LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES and THINGS JOLIE NEEDS TO DO BEFORE SHE BITES IT. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her family. You can find her on Instagram @kerrywinfrey.

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