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Be the Girl

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  4,979 ratings  ·  653 reviews
Almost sixteen-year-old Aria Jones is starting over. New postal code, new last name, new rules. But she doesn’t mind, because it means she can leave her painful regrets behind. In the bustling town of Eastmonte, she can become someone else. Someone better.

With the Hartford family living next door, it seems she will succeed. Sure, Cassie Hartford may be the epitome of socia
Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published January 21st 2019 by K.A. Tucker
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K.A. Tucker
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yup, I'm doing it. To counter the low star-trolls (because the book isn't finished yet) *shrugs* ...more
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger

I don't know how to start explaining what this book made me feel - but I really want to convince you (especially if you have children - it's not erotic) to read this book and then pass it on to your children - because it's message was so important!!! 🙏
This story might not really happened and the plot is a fictional invention of the author, but I'm sure there are a lot of boys and girls who can identify with it's subject... Bullying. 💔

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‘BE THE GIRL’ Is a full length, standalone ‘romance’ novel by author ‘K.A. Tucker’

A heartbreaking tale of redemption. Aria will be starting her new school in grade eleven, a school where she doesn’t know a soul, no one knows her or what horrors she’s left behind.

A new identity, a new beginning, A new start. Finally a time to leave all her memories buried in the past.

They arrive in a town called Eastm
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I adored this story,I had so many feelings while I was reading it!K.A. Tucker did an amazing job capturing the issues most teenagers are dealing at school.The set up was perfect and the characters made me ache for them.


It was a sweet story that has a deep meaning!It's a story that should be read from everyone.I could easily relate and connect with the characters, I felt like I was back at school.I adored Emmet , Aria and Cassie.

Be The Girl was an inspirin
4.25 stars

Be the Girl was a fantastic, emotional and thought provoking young adult novel. It was a wonderful read, and extremely satisfying in every regard. Touching scenes, laugh out moments, and characters that I genuinely loved made this novel a true winner.

There were so many things I loved and adored about this book.

Aria was this complex heroine, with a dark past, but still approachable and genuinely nice. Cassie, an adorable, hilarious, and unique character easily stole my heart. And her br
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
4,5 risky move stars

“This is not supposed to be happening again.”


First the most important thing about that book: I gobbled it up in one day and completely loved it!


Second: my friend Melanie, huge KA Tucker’s fan will be in heaven as the male character is a hockey player (high school) living in Canada but has already been recruited to attend college in Minnesota! How great is that Melanie right? That book is made for you!


Now it will be very difficult to write the r
♛ may
i really was expecting this to be more along the lines of the Simple Wild and,,,,,,,,,,,,it wasn't

like not at all

which is disappointing.

what's also disappointing is that i didn't connect with the characters or find the premise of the book to be interesting. the dialogue was awkward and the themes were cliche and i just COULDN'T

definitely won't be writing off K.A. Tucker from my list bc i just adored the simple wild too much, but i think i'm going to be sticking to her NA books

5 Stars!!


Tucker has done it again! She has crafted a lesson into a story and we all need to hear it. Be the Girl is a book with a story that should stick with the reader for a long time.

Be the Girl was about a lot of things. It was about starting over, and learning from mistakes. It was about bullying and disrespect. You can try and bury the past... but it always has a way of coming back around....

Aria moves across Canada with her mom to go live with her Great Uncle. Its a fresh st
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: advanced-copy, ya, jan2019

Title: Be The Girl
Series: Standalone
Author: K.A. Tucker
Release date: January 21, 2019
Cliffhanger: No
Genre: YA, contemporary romance

This was a really hard one for me to rate. To say that I have mixed feelings is a huge understatement, most especially about the main character Aria. I read a lot of young adult books with teenage characters, so her age isn't an issue in general. I knew this would be set in high school with personalities and problems related to that transitional time in life. It's w
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Be The Girl is my very first FIVE STAR read of 2019 and it'll be up there as one of the best books I'll read this year without a doubt. I've been struggling to find a story that would blow me away this year,  a story full of richness and depth and relatable characters that would reach out and grip me with intense emotion and an unforgettable storyline. (Not too much to ask, is it?) Well I'm thrilled to say I finally found it. Be the Girl is moving and heart wrenching, thought provoking and roman ...more
Bex |
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, arc
★★ 4.5 stars! ★★

I honestly don’t read young adult novels very often, but when I do, I want them to be written just like this one: with solid writing, powerful messaging, and a happy ending. Tucker nails her YA debut with Be the Girl, and it’s one that I would recommend for adults and teens alike.

Aria Jones is adjusting to so many life changes for only being a 15 year old. After her parent's divorce, she and her mother move cross-country to live with her crotchety yet lovable great-uncle—who happ
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ⭐'s

K.A. Tucker has had me sucked in since Ten Tiny Breaths so I couldn't resist reading this story even if it is a YA/NA story.

Aria's been through some rough times in her young life and her mother decides to give them a fresh start moving hours away from their old lives and right next door to hunky Emmett.

Aria's crushing right from the beginning but I quite enjoyed their friendship. Emmett's sister, Cassie, is autistic and that adds a whole other level to the story.

K.A. Tucker loves to thr
It seems there's a bit of a wave right now for authors to move out of their normal genre, and write "YA" books. But most of the books I've read about teenage love are not necessarily intended for young adults, but books that are intended for adults. KA Tucker's newest book, BE THE GIRL is the exception. This truly is YA, and as a parent of two young adults, BE THE GIRL is a book I would encourage them to read.

Tucker takes on a subject that has become a buzz word in our time, bullying, and does i
Sandra Cortez
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a week since I’ve finished and I’m honestly still at a loss for words. Be The Girl was a punch in the gut. It made me reevaluate my time in high school. What kind of girl was I? How did I treat those that were different than me? It really made me think. Overall this is a relevant YA which thoroughly explores major issues facing teens today. It’s not all troubling teen times there’s also between friends, sisters, neighbors, family and first love. Job well done as always Kath ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

K.A. Tucker became one of my favorite authors last year when I finally checked Ten Tiny Breaths off my TBR list and was able to read an ARC of The Simple Wild, which made my favorites list of 2018. I'm impressed with K.A.'s easy writing style and relatable storytelling. I was eager to check out Be the Girl, especially since this will be published Independently of Atria. While my attention has recently drifted to more traditionally published books, my heartstrings
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I really enjoyed this YA read.
4.5/5 stars

K.A. Tucker is one of my favorite authors. So I was very excited to read her newest book. I had no idea what this book was about as I did not read the book blurb. All I knew is that it was a YA story.

The narrator is almost sixteen-year-old Aria Jones (1st person POV). The book takes place in Canada. The story starts with her and mom moving cross country from Calgary to a place in Ontario an hour away from Toronto.

Aria and her mom are moving in with her mom's 80 year old uncle. Their n
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

Be the Girl was a story that surprised me in many ways. From the characters and their complex emotions to the high school drama and above all, bullying. Not to mention Cassie, the sweet soul!

As a person has been a victim of bullying in middle school, I believe that there should be more awareness, especially now when technology offers more means to be a bully while stayin
Loved it!

This author blew apart two things I don't normally enjoy, first person present tense and young adult stories.
Dana Ilie
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
BE THE GIRL deals with some important and heavy subjects and it’s a thought provoking story about the many sides of bullying. Not about the black and white but the part that makes us all take a step back and think that it’s so easy for all of us to do it, even when we are thinking we are on the “right” side. If there’s one take away from this is to evaluate your choices and always think how the other side feels.

This is also a story that left me very conflicted about how I feel in the end. I don’
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

This was an incredibly emotional read courtesy of the most lovable secondary character who stole the spotlight and my heart...Cassie. I couldn't help but love this adorable girl.

There are many issues woven into this amazing story. However, bullying and dealing with autism are the primary focus which the main characters, AJ and Emmett, deal with daily. As a reader, I was pulled into their drama, curious to discover hidden secrets, and heartbroken over certain circumstances. This read cer
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

I don't read as much Young Adult novels like I used to, but if one of my favorite authors decided to write one, you know I'll be one of the first ones in line to get a copy. I won't go into the plot of the story, because I think the blurb gives you the perfect insight into the story without spoiling it. I will go into how the story and characters made me feel. The characters were really great and Cassie in my opinion stole the show. She
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free copy of [title] from [publisher] via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *I knew Be the Girl would break my heart! Bullying is such an ugly word. And now - with all kinds of social media, those who are bullied must feel like it never stops.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Be the Girl is such an important story! And I have to say, Tucker managed to tell it with so much tenderness and tact, it
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs

Be the Girl is a story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. Tucker has crafted an adorable story that packs a punch you won’t see coming. Be the Girl is a story about bullying, regret, and redemption. Regret and forgiveness go hand in hand, so feelings about the end of this novel may differ greatly person-to-person.

I’m usually not a fan of high school stories because I usually find them tedious with all their petty high school drama. However, Tucker expertly crafted an adorable
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can't remember the last time I read a book in a constant state of nerves. I had to take many breaks for this reason. Being a teenager nowadays is definitely not like it was when I was growing up. Aria has learned that the hard way.

This book was very though provoking and eye opening. I have a social awkward child and seeing this on paper was very real. And as a recipient of bullying as a teen, I was just sick to my stomach at a few of the actions portrayed here. This really happens. And of cour
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure about this book at first but because it was written by K.A Tucker I gave it a chance. By the end of chapter 1, I was hooked.
This was such a beautiful book that tackles important issues and it does so in a beautiful way. I loved all the characters and by the end my heart felt full, can't ask much more of a book.
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Oh wow, Kathleen. What did you just do to me? And how do I write a review that does Be the Girl justice? What a gorgeous book. Her first YA contemporary was absolute perfection.

I won't say I've been in a book funk lately, but I've definitely been struggling with my focus when I finally get time to read. Be the Girl pulled me out of that funk within the first chapter. As soon as I started reading, I knew I wouldn't get anything done until I fini
Susan's Reviews
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aria is the new girl in town. She and her mother packed up their old life in Calgary and moved to rural Ontario to start afresh. We are given many hints about some traumatic event, which has her mother monitoring Aria's every move and decision: no social media of any sort, and texts on her cell phone are routed to and reviewed by her mother. What on earth happened to make Aria lose almost every shred of her personal privacy? This story has a twist, which I sort of saw coming, given that I have n ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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Ezinwanyi Chinyere
I wanted to like Aria more

I am sensitive to bullying books. I can admit that i am not as forgiving as i could be.
It’s important to remember that this bullying story involves high school kids. I was so disappointed with the fact that “her truth” was told only when someone else basically busted her out. There was a large amount of energy expended by Aria on the actions of others and not enough responsibility for her own. She was constantly rationalizing everything and it felt like she was blaming
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She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and F

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