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  • ISBN: 9780062404176
  • ISBN: 0062404172
  • Physical Description: print
    373 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]

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Summary, etc.: All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she's always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she's trying to be a boy -- that she should quit trying to be something she's not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth -- that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she'll have to man up.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 August #1
    Playing video games and chasing girls with her all-boy crew—that's a typical afternoon for Penelope "Pen" Oliveira. Beneath her tough facade, however, she's struggling to balance being queer, being a first-generation Portuguese immigrant, and being a loyal friend. That loyalty is tested when she discovers her best friend Colby's secret—he's gotten a girl pregnant and is shirking responsibility. At the same time, Pen's relationship with her very traditional parents deteriorates when they find her kissing Blake, a fellow gamer girl. Pen decides that she needs to "man up" if she's going to survive. Pen's story is about struggling between worlds. She identifies with being a boy, yet knows she's a girl. She is Portuguese through and through, but also sees the world with American eyes. Despite a few characters who feel a bit strained, Girard shows tremendous skill in depicting multidimensional and empathetic characters. Books starring queer girls are still relatively few, so this is a fantastic addition to a steadily growing collection of strong YA narratives for queer youth. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Gender identity Fiction
Identity Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Portuguese Canada Fiction
Gender identity Juvenile fiction
Identity (Philosophical concept) Juvenile fiction
Friendship Juvenile fiction
Children of immigrants Juvenile fiction
Lesbian teenagers Juvenile fiction
Portuguese Canada Juvenile fiction
Genre: Young adult fiction.

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