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By the book : a novel of prose and cons / Amanda Sellet.

Sellet, Amanda, (author.).

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library Y SEL (Text) 33500013313390 New Checked out 02/09/2021
Moorhead Public Library Y SEL (Text) 33500013313408 New Checked out 02/05/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780358156611
  • ISBN: 0358156610
  • ISBN: 9780358156642
  • ISBN: 0358156645
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2020]

Content descriptions

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Summary, etc.:
"A teen obsessed with 19th century literature tries to cull advice on life and love from her favorite classic heroines to disastrous results--especially when she falls for the school's resident lothario"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #2
    *Starred Review* Attending public school for the first time as a sophomore is challenging for Mary, whose extensive independent study of nineteenth-century novels hasn't adequately prepared her to handle it when her best friend jilts her in the cafeteria on their first day at Millville High. Fortunately, Mary soon befriends Arden, Lydia, and Terry, who value her literature-inspired insights as applied to the local dating scene. For instance, she recommends shunning handsome, flirtatious fellows such as Alex, an attractive junior who seems interested in Terry. Unfortunately, when Mary later finds herself falling for Alex, a crisis leaves her feeling stunned, guilty, rejected, and completely miserable. Still, when she ponders, "What would Jane Austen do?" the answer is obvious. The book's entertaining appendix, entitled "The Scoundrel Survival Guide . . . Works Cited" offers pithy descriptions of many period novels that Mary mentions within the narrative. In this refreshing first novel, Sellet manages the large cast of characters well, while portraying the protagonist's big family, her small circle of friends, and her first romance with considerable wit and insight. As Mary struggles with the practical and emotional troubles arising from her many mistakes, her rueful, self-deprecating narrative is sometimes impossible to read without laughing out loud. A smart, engaging romance. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Debut author Amanda Sellet had a previous career in journalism, during which she wrote book reviews for The Washington Post, personal essays for NPR, and music and movie coverage for VH1. These days she lives in Kansas with her archaeologist husband and their daughter.

Subject: High schools > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Dating (Social customs) > Fiction.

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