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Chicken Girl

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  65 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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Many thanks to Penguin Teen for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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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
☁️ priya ☁️
Feb 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2021, reviews
0.5 stars

CW: transphobia -addressed horribly, homophobia -mostly unaddressed, misgendering -addressed, prejudice against sex workers -mostly unaddressed, prejudice against drug users -briefly addressed, anti-Black racism -accepted??, anti-Chinese racism -unaddressed, sexual assault of a gay minor, victim blaming -acknowledged?

Here are all the worst parts of Chicken Girl so you can train your gag reflex without reading the book!

"Are you sick?"
"Ha! Yeah. Sick of being trapped in the wrong body."
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
Ɛɾιɳ ẞҽҽ
I tend to write reviews that are wayyyy toooo loooong and take foreeeeveeeer to read. Out of respect for your valuable time, I'm going to keep this one short(er) and sweet ♥

5 Rosie-the-Riveter stars for Chicken Girl!!!!! I loved it! :D

Poppy is a 16-year-old girl who's obsessed with roller derby and vintage 1940s everything. She has an extra close relationship with her twin brother, Cam, who recently came out as gay (the LGBT+ rep in this book was great). Sadly, she's having trouble seeing the go
Kaci Pelias
Jun 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
ummmmm were there NO sensitivity readers for this book???? yikes
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
Rachel Foley
"That's why I started wallowing- because being miserable when you're wallowing is way easier than being miserable while you're having fun."

I was sent this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

I do want to point out that the author had a few LGBT characters into this novel, and I was really excited to finally see an FTM character pop-up, however there were a few problems I had with the inclusion of LGBT characters. I didn't necessarily love the way Cam's gayness was approached by P
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Chicken Girl is the story of Poppy—a teen working at a summer job dressed as the chicken mascot for a local restaurant. Poppy used to be confident and love her body. She even participated in roller derby and was really good at it, but that was until a photo of her dressed as Rosie the Riveter made it's way onto an online forum called “I see fat people” and was edited and mocked. Now she is more withdrawn, spends more time alone, and tries to hide
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
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Actual Review - 4.75/5

I received a completed copy of this book from Penguin Teen Canada in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this story. I was skeptical at first but after the first 50 pages, I was hooked. There were a couple of parts that were predictable and a few scenes I didn't necessarily like, but I definitely enjoyed this story.

Poppy is a very interesting character and she struggles with her mental health throughout the whole story, she watches some dark things and has some very worr
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this author. Each book is a gift of unique characters with stories only they can tell. Chicken Girl is gentle and gritty, it is poignant and far too real. These characters get under your skin but you'll have a hard time picking your favourite. ...more
jana [ bookishwiccan ]
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, on-my-shelf
Started and finished this in a day. Wonderful quick read. Full review to come.
I really can't say that I hated this book, but it definitely tested my patience. There were a couple of parts that were ok, but on the whole, this book needed a ton of work.

The premise is that the main character, Poppy, posts a picture of herself online as Rosie the Riveter and someone posts it to a subreddit for fat-shaming. The book starts after the photo has been posted and deals with her reaction to it.

I know the internet can be awful, but I really thought Poppy's response was over the top.
Chicken Girl follows Poppy, a used to be optimist that losses her sense of individuality and sparkles from being bullied online, which causes her to hide and leave the vintage clothes that she loves to wear in her closet instead. Poppy is a fat teenager that loves her town's historic houses and vintage clothes from the ’40s. She has a twin brother, Cam, who’s openly gay and who seems to always support her, even after she starts to pull away from who she truly is.

That following summer, Poppy acce
Jordan Murray
May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sent-for-review
This book was sent to me by Penguin Random House Canada to review. This in no way alters my thoughts on the novel. The following review is a truthful representation of my opinions.

A forewarning before continuing this review: this book has a lot of scenes that are extremely triggering in different aspects. I advise a Trigger Warning for sexual assault, transphobia, homophobia, and bullying/fat-shaming.

SYNOPSIS: 'Chicken Girl' features its narrator Poppy, who is a large teenager with a love for t
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
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
Stereotypes in fiction are weird. On the one hand, if someone meets certain stereotypes, it reinforces those and potentially harms the entire community. On the other hand, if you blanket ban any fictional characters meeting them, you can make the very real people who genuinely are like that feel like they're existing wrong. This is something I thought about a lot while reading this book, because Cam especially met a lot of common stereotypes, but it seemed to be part of a greater point about bei ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

A lot of the topics explored in this book are extremely relevant to what we see in our society through the lens of Poppy, our main character who we learn has good intentions at heart, but is judgemental of others. The book centers around themes of self-acceptance and how society perceives people who are different. A simple concept, but well thought out.

There are a few concerns I have with this book.
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Storytime With Stephanie
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heather Smith is such a versatile author. In the past few years she has written some incredible picture books, a critically acclaimed middle grade novel, and raw, honest young adult novels. Although all very different genres with very different audiences, the one element you can expect from all of her writing is honesty and courage.

The newest of her young adult novels is Chicken Girl. Poppy is an optimistic hilarious sixteen year old girl with an affinity to anything from the second world war er
Amy (novelteahappyme)
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, librarything, ya
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May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Confident Poppy is crushed when a photo of her as Rosie the Riveter is taken and Photoshopped on a nasty subreddit targeting fat people. She retreats, abandoning her awesome wardrobe, and leaving her roller derby team.
Chicken Girl is a heartwarming book that has a lot of really funny moments; every time Poppy told her twin brother Cam to tell her something funny, I had to write the joke down so I could laugh about it again later. Still, the book touches on a lot of really tough issues, managing
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
Girl Well Read
A special thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewers and Penguin Teen for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Poppy has always been close to her twin brother, Cam, and the two share a fondness for blending words (clever writing on Smith's part). But lately they haven't been as close because they are each dealing with their own struggles. Cam has recently come out and is trying to adjust to life as an openly gay teen. Poppy used to be happy with her vintage style and curves until a photo of he
Maggie BB
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club, 2019
This book was surprising and delightful. I wasn't really sure what to expect... but it definitely wasn't this!

There is such a curious mix of characters. The main character, Poppy, makes some interesting new friends in an extraordinary way. She is experiencing intense personal growth and change, and it is more about what she is learning and not about the somewhat unconventional circumstances she is learning it in. The events are the characters life are essentially just side bars, and it is more a
Sparky Jo
Poppy is cute as a button and her twin brother sounds FABULOUS! The word play the siblings have, I loved that so much and their bond was so sweet it would give you diabetes and you wouldn't mind it in the least. There is heart in here, there really is!

The problem is the rest of the book.
It felt terribly contrived, like the author wanted to put in as many social issues as possible without thought for making them fit in right. It wasn't Poppy that was chunky, it was the story itself!
(and what sixt
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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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