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Chicken Girl

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Poppy used to be an optimist. But after a photo of her dressed as Rosie the Riveter is mocked online, she's having trouble seeing the good in the world. As a result, Poppy trades her beloved vintage clothes for a feathered chicken costume and accepts a job as an anonymous sign waver outside a restaurant. There, Poppy meets six-year-old girl Miracle, who helps Poppy see bey ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Penguin Teen
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ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

If you see the title and cover of this book and think,,, “well this is going to be adorable! how cute! I’m going to collapse into a field of fluff!

You should know that you’ve been deceived. This book is the exact opposite of comforting. I was completely taken by surprise (((perhaps malanie should read the blurbs woops))).

What is this book about
This story is told from the POV of Poppy, a fat teen who loves the 1940s. She romanticizes th
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
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Chicken Girl by Heather Smith is a book that will tug at your heart strings. There are quite a few issues the novel explores, most importantly the effects of online bullying. This contemporary is also one that has quite a few interesting characters that are enjoyable to read about.


This is the first novel that I have read by Heather Smith and I am really blown away by her ability to write about human emotion. Poppy is such a fantastic character that
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: february-2019
I received an arc from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review. 

Chicken Girl by Heather Smith follows the story of a modern day teenage girl named Poppy, who is victim of online bullying. Distressed, and heartbroken over her peers mockery, she tries her best to avoid most of the situation by focusing on what she knows best. This includes Poppy continuing her part-time job, wearing a chicken suit, and tossing and twirling a sign on the side of the street for a r
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
3.5 STARS - Let me start by saying that I am a HUGE fan of Smith's earlier book The Agony of Bun O'Keefe and like that book, Chicken Girl dives into several big topics facing teens and has an assortment of unique secondary characters.

Poppy was an interesting main character but not one I warmed up to easily. She's got quite a dark side (the disturbing YouTube videos made me cringe) - she's often imperfect, sometimes selfish and usually unsure of herself. But its through her connection with her p
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The only reason I didn't devour this in one sitting was because I had to go to work (I read it within a 7 hour period, though!) There is so much happening in this little book. Poppy has been suffering emotionally after finding a photo of herself online, being made fun of for her weight. As she's processing the meaning of life and her identity, she befriends an eccentric group of people, each with a world of their own to tell-- There's Miracle, the six year old sweetheart who's mother is a sex wo ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

Huge Thank You to Penguin Canada for this ARC!

Chicken Girl is a tiny book with a big punch. The story involves Poppy and her brother Cam, as they navigate growing up. When a picture of Rosie the Riveter is posted online, Poppy feels shammed and can no longer see good in the world. Her twin brother, Cam, is learning to be "out" and Poppy wants to show her support. Poppy also meets six-year-old, Miracle, who shows her how wonderful the world can really be.

What I loved about this book is how it
Chelsea Girard
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everybody has a story that will break your heart; a poignant coming-of-age YA for fans of David Arnold, from the author of the acclaimed The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, a Kirkus Best of the Year selection.

Poppy used to be an optimist. But after a photo of her dressed as Rosie the Riveter is mocked online, she's having trouble seeing the good in the world. As a result, Poppy trades her beloved vintage clothes for a feathered chicken costume and accepts a job as an anonymous sign waver outside a restaur
Jill Jemmett
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazingly powerful story.

This story was set in Canada. There was a reference to the restaurant Swiss Chalet, which I was so excited about! Swiss Chalet is a rotisserie chicken restaurant in Canada. Usually, there are references to Tim Horton’s which point to Canada, but that is kind of cliche nowadays. The mention of Swiss Chalet was way more accurate and original!

There is a lot of gender diversity in this story. Poppy’s twin brother is gay. She meets a group of homeless people who li
Chicken Girl follows, Poppy, a used to be optimist that losses her sense of individuality and sparkle from being bullied online, which causes…


*A copy of this book was provided to me by Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers for an honest review*
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
The bizarre tale of a teenage girl employed by the owner of a local restaurant to dress as a chicken in order to attract customers. After her picture in which she has posed as Rosie the Riveter is mocked, her feathers are ruffled causing her to slide into a deep depression. When she meets Miracle, the seven-year-old daughter of a prostitute, she is introduced to a group of characters living beneath a bridge. A romance ensues, her flamboyant twin brother is assaulted, Miracle runs away, her "boyf ...more
Amy (novelteahappyme)
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Amber Daugherty
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poppy is having a hard time dealing with the not-always-positive realities of the world. When a photo of her turns up on a subreddit dedicated to shaming people, she starts believing the world is bad, creeping the dark corners of the internet to find things that match how terrible she feels. To hide, she gets a job as a mascot - dressed as a chicken, she spends afternoons dancing her way in front of a restaurant until one day, Miracle shows up. The six year old takes Poppy to under the bridge wh ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive an advance reader copy of this book and tore through it in one day - it’s “unputdownable”! I loved all the wordplay and the relationship between the siblings, not to mention Miracle’s hilarious dialogue. That said, this story has as much heartbreak as it does humour. I felt that it did take on a lot of big issues for its short length, and would have liked to see certain plotlines explored in more depth, but overall it was thoroughly enjoyable. Teens and the librarie ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I got through 78% of this book, but I just could not finish it. I found the story interesting enough but I couldn't stand Poppy's narration and personality, and if it does develop, it's just too late in the story for me to be able to be on board. I'm sure someone who enjoys unlikable narrators will like this book, but I just couldn't do it.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is fantastic! When I was a teenager I never came across a single book that explored LGBT issues, sexuality, tolerance, or drugs, even though I basically read the whole library. It's wonderful that such books exist now. This book is easy to read but hard to put down; well done Heather!
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Probably a few too many things going on here, and it’s most definitely a 14 and up situation, but I really enjoyed this. On a day when I’m reading bits and pieces of two dozen books this one sucked me in enough to read it in its entirety.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I reread the ARC - another treasure from Heather.
chelsea! ❀
it was okay! i didn't vibe with poppy and buck or their romance, but i 10/10 would die for lewis and cam.

i wrote an open letter on twirling pages if you wanna read that too :)
Beggars Banquet
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So lucky to get an Advance reading copy. Chicken Girl is another phenomal and memorable book by Heather Smith.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Easy to read, interesting characters, not too long.
Alyssa Cohen
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Solid 3.5/5 star book.

Wish the beginning was shorter and ending was longer. Full review on my blog to come on the release date!
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Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her Newfoundland roots inspire much of her writing.
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