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Revenge Of A Not-So-Pretty Girl

9/21/14 - It's been a special kind of hot here in LA--95 to 105 degree temps over the past week.  Then I got up this morn, and the sky was gray, there was a chill in the air, and I had to reach for my comforter--the first morning it's actually felt like fall.  I'm loving it.  I look forward to Halloween and watching scary movies, Thanksgiving and wearing cozy sweaters.  But fall also has a way of making me reflect on the year--what went well, what went not so well, changes I'd like to make.  My friend Juanesta completed the Nautica Malibu triathlon last week. Got me thinking of ways I'd like to push myself more.  In what ways would you like to push yourself?  In Revenge Of A Not-So-Pretty Girl, Faye Andrews is faced with either pushing herself beyond her unhappy home life, beyond her delinquent friends, or settling for what she has been given.

Nearly 3,000 flags blowing in the wind at Pepperdine University, Malibu, honoring each victim of 9/11

Revenge hanging on for dear life on the observation deck of Stratosphere 1,149 feet above Las Vegas
Revenge Of A Not-So-Pretty Girl (A Junior Library Guild selection & American Library Association nominee for Best Young Adult Fiction 2013) is told through the witty, tormented voice of fourteen-year-old Faye, a young teen living in 1984 Brooklyn, New York, who copes with her mother's abuse by stealing with her friends.  But when robbing an elderly woman almost turns to murder, she gains an opportunity to learn new truths about life.

If you're in the New York area, pop into Books Of Wonder at 18 West 18th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues and pick up a signed copy.  It's a lovely independent bookstore (a dying breed, huh?). If you're in the LA area, get your copy from another great independent store, Vroman's in Pasadena. Or you can click onto the Random House link below for more information on where you can purchase your copy of Revenge Of A Not-SO-Pretty Girl so you can follow Faye on her journey of self-discovery.   

The hilarious Cedric The Entertainer shows his love for Revenge
Chelsea Kane from ABC Family's Baby Daddy is loving herself some Revenge in Dublin
I heart this guy. Baby Daddy's Jean-Luc Bilodeau was also in Ireland & he gave a big ups to Revenge
That's Stan Lathan, as in acclaimed director of Def Comedy Jam, Hill Street Blues, Sesame Street...

  ******Revenge Of A Not-So-Pretty Girl Trailer:

- A Junior Library Guild Selection
- A Banks Street College Of Education Best Book of the Year for 2014
- Nominated for Best Fiction For Young Adults 2013 - The American Library Association
- Chosen by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) as one of 6 books that "can be the 1st light of understanding encountered by an abused teen."

Here are samples of some of the great write-ups the novel has been getting:

Kirkus Magazine (One of the biggest book review magazines & notorious for being tough)--    
     "This exhilarating, generous-hearted tale with a smart, funny, caustically observant protagonist is about so much more than revenge: distinguishing what matters from what doesn’t, taking risks, making mistakes and paying for them.
     Like Siobhan Vivian in The List, Blythe explores issues of physical appearance in rare depth. Some mistakes aren’t fixable, Faye learns, but she’ll keep trying to fix them anyway.   
    Solidly grounded in the gritty realities of daily life, Faye's discoveries feel earned.  A compelling and believable journey."

Magazine-- "What to read this summer.  New releases you won't be able to put down!

The buzz: Revenge Of A Not-So Pretty Girl is about urban life and unlikely alliances—it's definitely a page turner!"

August, 2013 - "I Have A Dream" guest post -

Sunday, July 19th & August 2, 2013 - 107.3 JAMZ Greenville, South Carolina
Friday, May 31, 2013 - Artist Talk- Salon 718, Brooklyn NY

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - Best of Book Expo, Books Of Wonder - NY, NY
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - Life Actually Tour, Once Upon A Time Bookstore, Montrose, CA Sunday, April 21, 2013 - Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books, USC     


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