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WINNER of the LEE SMITH NOVEL PRIZE

Evie Austin, native of Hatteras Island, North Carolina and baddest girl on the planet, has not lived her life in a straight line. There have been several detours―career snafus, bad romantic choices, a loved but unplanned child―not to mention her ill-advised lifelong obsession with boxer Mike Tyson. Evie is not plucky, but when life’s chan
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Published March 2nd 2021 by Blair
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Katie B
4.5 stars

I'm hoping this book will find an audience and become the sleeper hit of 2021 because I absolutely adored it. While the humor is present throughout the story, there's also heart and substance than first meets the eye. I loved being part of Evie's world for a bit.

The story bounces back and forth between Evie Austin's childhood and her life as an adult. As the reader you get to witness key moments in her life. A tidbit of info might be presented but the actual context is not always expand
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Chelsea Harrington
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun, smart and thought provoking read. It explored relationships, failure, and trying to find love. I enjoyed the main character's quirky personality and how it explored her long term female friendship. Tumultuous, funny and relatable, this book will bring you on a wild ride you won't want to end! ...more
Carolyn Drum
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was not ready for this to end - I wasn’t sure about Evie at the beginning, but by the end I loved her relationships with the men (human and canine) in her life.
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I liked the beginning of this book a lot and I liked the idea of the premise... I just didn't like the final execution. The title is a bit misleading-- and while I think it's intentionally ironic, it does, in my opinion, set this book up to fail. I went into this expecting a "bad" girl but Evie isn't really bad. This is sort of a biography of a fictional woman who messed up her life. We get to see her as a child, a young adult, and then
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Kristin O'Keeffe
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading BADDEST GIRL & it is so damn good! Evie Austin stole my heart. Man, that girl put me through all the emotions, and I could not wait to get to the last page to see how things would turn out for her. Don’t miss this one!
Mary Lins
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: complete
How could one fail be intrigued and entertained by a novel that starts off with a simile that likens men who disappoint you to Mike Tyson biting of Evander Holyfield’s ear?! I was immediately on-board for Heather Frese’s debut novel, “The Baddest Girl on the Planet”; Evie Austin’s first person narrative voice is as unique as it is refreshing!

Evie declares herself a “Bad Girl” and then proceeds to enlighten us. But she’s more complicated than that, of course. In a non-liner narrative, we experie
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Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful, honest, raw, hilarious book! Evie Austin is a character that anyone of us can relate to as her story is brilliantly real from her sense of humor to her relationship with her brother to her post partum experience that any new mother will recognize.

Heather Frese does an amazing job of balancing the idea of growing up with the fact that we are never ready to do so, yet life keeps plugging along, not caring if we're ready or not. She gives us a heroine that holds nothing back with
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Georgette
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A quick read. I haven't read a book based around one flighty mom to be who's fighting to find her spirit again after her marriage breaks up. I ended up really enjoying Evie as a person and all of her relationships with the males in her life were quirky and fun, even when things seem dark. ...more
Dianne
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: attl, edelweiss
This was an excellent book that reads more as if it were a series of short stories. It was easy to follow and had likable character's that I could relate to. It was a book that made me appreciate the little things in life a bit more.

We do a lot of jumping around in time, but it was easy to follow. It is a thought-provoking read that deals with a variety of situations. I felt a lot about Evie -frustration, sadness, grief, joy, and even some confusion. It is ultimately a coming of age story that w
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Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was an incredibly unique and beautiful read. This story follows the life of Evie Austin and the history of how she came to recognize herself as “The Baddest Girl on the Planet”. The story bounces between past and present, and first and second person. The writing is phenomenal - it’s so detailed, witty, and hysterical, and just overall gorgeous.

One of the things that I enjoyed most about this book was how the chapters were more like excerpts of defining moments/events in Evie’s life. It was
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Mary Camarillo
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love complicated characters and Evie Austin has a lot going on. She got married too young to the wrong man, had an affair, got divorced, is raising a young on her own and has a life long obsession with Mike Tyson. Evie’s love of family and friendship shines through as does her humor and resilience. A fast fun read.
Andromeda Romano-Lax
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book charmed and surprised me and left me wishing that I had a real friend like Evie, who is just as lovable and honest when she's struggling as when she is breaking free and living up to her "baddest girl" status. An additional pleasure was the strong sense of place (Carolinas, barrier island communities that swell with tourists--but also Las Vegas and Dominican Republic when Evie goes on her humorously horrible vacations). Some chapters work as stand-alone vignettes, strongly voiced and u ...more
Sari Fordham
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. It's smart, funny, and totally engrossing. Whenever I picked up this book--with such delightful characters--I was pulled so completely away from my life that I could forget the laundry, the messy kitchen, and just escape. I could imagine that this book will one day be the perfect (whip-smart) book to take to the beach, but for me, it was the perfect book to read when I couldn't go anywhere. ...more
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Still trying to decide between 3.5 & 4 stars. Review to follow soon!
Elissa Dickey
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A gripping story of friendship, motherhood, and ultimately a woman coming into her own, The Baddest Girl on the Planet is a must-read, with raw, honest looks at postpartum depression, marriage, and what it means to be "bad." Frese weaves an engaging tale with masterful prose, including impressive use of second person POV, all of which make this a stunning debut from a writer to watch! ...more
Heather
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Evie, self-proclaimed "bad girl," will steal your heart. I absolutely loved this coming of age story. Well-written and insightful, this novel is highly recommended for fans of literary fiction.
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Crystal
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
f this cover calls to you in a bookstore far from any ocean during a pandemic, you might be tempted to think it’s just a light beach read. But it’s more than that. The characters are well-defined and real. Even the wild portions are believable and the everyday portions are evocative. The setting (and the author’s skilled description of it) is the true hero. And it will make you long for your vaccine and a week at an Outer Banks rental house, perhaps rented to you by a young single mother at the ...more
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I wasn’t sure what to expect from Evie, bit her and her story grow on you. Quick, fun read.
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Heather Frese’s fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Review, Front Porch, the Barely South Review, Switchback, and elsewhere, earning notable mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Essays. She received her master’s degree from Ohio University and her M.F.A. from West Virginia University. Coastal North Carolina is her longtime lo ...more

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