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The Prettiest

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A must-read for young feminists, The Prettiest is an incisive, empowering novel by Brigit Young about fighting back against sexism and objectification.

THE PRETTIEST: It’s the last thing Eve Hoffmann expected to be, the only thing Sophie Kane wants to be, and something Nessa Flores-Brady knows she’ll never be . . . until a list appears online, ranking the top fifty
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Roaring Brook Press
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Oct 13, 2019 added it
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Empowering, timely, and triumphant! Brigit Young has crafted a fiercely feminist page turner that’s as fun and funny as it is heart-wrenching. THE PRETTIEST offers an insightful look at the complicated and varied ways that harassment, objectification, and our society’s emphasis on appearance can impact kids and teens. This upper middle grade novel is perfect for middle school book groups and read-alouds. It’s sure to spark conversation and build empathy. I love the way this book celebrates ...more
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Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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When a list of the 50 "prettiest" girls in the middle school makes the rounds, no one is happy. Not Eve, who is shocked to find herself on the top, not Sophie, who despite her efforts to be prettiest is number two, and not Nessa, Eve's friend, who doesn't make the list but is more concerned about how it affects Eve. The administration makes counseling available, informs parents, and makes every effort to put a stop to the situation, but it's not enough. Eve, who
Kristin Crouch
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Wow. I never would have thought that a middle grade book could cover the objectification of girls and women in such a comprehensive and positive way. This book starts with the protagonist, Eve, finding out that there is a list that rates all the girls in the seventh grade by looks. Eve loves reading, poetry, and likens herself to Emily Dickinson in her ability to avoid the world outside her door. But her body has been betraying her
Anne O'Brien Carelli
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for every middle grade girl. Such a well-written, sensitive story that addresses topics that so many girls struggle with, often feeling alone in their confusion. I encourage teachers and librarians to lightly book talk this story of three friends, and display it prominently so girls are tempted to pick it up. Highly recommend.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to author @BrigitYoung for providing #collabookation with an ARC of her middle grade novel, The Prettiest.

It all starts with a list that ranks the 50 prettiest 8th grade girls at Ford Middle School. For the three main characters, it spells disaster differently for each of them. Until they decide to do something about it.

Yes, there is friendship, but there is also backstabbing. Yes, there is accountability, but it almost happens to an innocent party.

But most importantly, there is
Melanie Sumrow
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor of reading an ARC of THE PRETTIEST and WOW! A list appears online ranking the top 50 prettiest girls in 8th grade, and the book alternates perspectives between 3 girls (number 1, the one who wished she was number 1, and one who didn’t make the list). The author takes on the topic realistically and unapologetically gives us a look into the daily lives of girls and how we are judged on looks first with a pitch-perfect Upper MG voice. Highly recommend for both girls AND boys. Five ...more
Bonnie Grover
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Don’t let the kids who haven’t figured out how to be kind yet get to you so much. Forget’em.” After a list ranking the top 50 prettiest girls in eighth grade appears online, 3 girls ban together to stand up for all girls. I love that this book empowers young girls. I am recommending it to my MG readers!
Faith Rice-Mills
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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If you are a librarian or teacher struggling to find books for middle grade girls to read, this is the one. I plan on buying copies after it is released and reading it with my girls' book club. The Prettiest tells the story of a list released on a middle school campus, ranking the top fifty "prettiest" girls. Eve, who is listed as number one, suddenly finds herself with unwanted attention and wants to return to her normal, quiet life. Number two Sophie is enraged by the loss of status as she now ...more
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Brigit Young is the author of the middle grade books WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS and THE PRETTIEST.

She was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she got through many a cold winter by reading all the books on her house's shelves. Her first story, written at age six, told the tale of a monster who wanted a human friend. It ended on a cliffhanger. In elementary school, her mom introduced her to
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