Be the Girl
Almost sixteen-year-old Aria Jones is starting over. New postal code, new last name, new rules. But she doesn’t mind, because it means she can leave her painful regrets behind. In the bustling town of Eastmonte, she can become someone else. Someone better.With the Hartford family living next door, it seems she will succeed. Sure, Cassie Hartford may be the epitome of social awkwardness thanks to her autism, but she also offers an innocent and sincere friendship that Aria learns to appreciate. And Cassie’s older brother, Emmett—a popular Junior A hockey player with a bright future—well … Aria wishes that friendship could lead to something more. If he didn’t already have a girlfriend, maybe it would.But Aria soon finds herself in a dicey moral predicament that could derail her attempt at a fresh start. It is her loyalty to Cassie and her growing crush on Emmett that leads her to make a risky move, one that earns her a vindictive enemy who is determined to splinter her happy new world.

Be the Girl Details

TitleBe the Girl
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 21st, 2019
PublisherK.A. Tucker
Rating
GenreRomance, Young Adult, Contemporary, High School, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Young Adult Contemporary

Be the Girl Review

  • K.A. Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Yup, I'm doing it. To counter the low star-trolls (because the book isn't finished yet) *shrugs*
  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars! Be the Girl is a ya/coming of age story with an important message.  It was heartbreaking, heartwarming, and a story of forgiveness, moving forward, and it's a book that made me think and feel. Aria and her mother move across country for a fresh start. They are moving in with her mom's older uncle, Merv, who is a bit grouchy but lovable all the same. Aria is starting a new school where she knows no one, but she just happens to have neighbors that are in the same school as her, Cassie and 4 stars! Be the Girl is a ya/coming of age story with an important message.  It was heartbreaking, heartwarming, and a story of forgiveness, moving forward, and it's a book that made me think and feel. Aria and her mother move across country for a fresh start. They are moving in with her mom's older uncle, Merv, who is a bit grouchy but lovable all the same. Aria is starting a new school where she knows no one, but she just happens to have neighbors that are in the same school as her, Cassie and Emmett. She is attracted to Emmett right away, and she and Cassie become fast friends. Cassie is autistic, and the sweetest and most fun girl. Emmett is her big brother and loves her and worries about her equally. Aria is not the same girl she used to be. You can see that as plain as day through her journal entries. I wasn't sure what happened to her in her past, but when we found out, I was a bit shocked. I wasn't expecting that twist. I loved how she took what happened and let it shape her in a positive way. That is not easy to do. Emmett was amazing. I completely adored him. You don't meet many guys his age that have such a big heart. He's a popular guy, an athlete, but he's the sweetest. Seeing him with Cassie showed it even more. He's protective of those he loves and doesn't tolerate mean people. He was my favorite character in the book by far.  He’s the most beautiful guy I’ve ever laid eyes on, even more so now because I know he has a heart. He’s not a hot jerk; he’s not full of himself. He’s … Emmett.  Aria's journey was not always an easy one to read. KA Tucker hit a topic that's not easy to write about but that's prevalent in today's society, not just with teens, but adults and children also. This is definitely a book that needs to be read. The writing is fantastic, the story is poignant, and the characters were imperfect but showed a lot of growth. This was another hit from Tucker and one I would recommend to all!
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  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
    January 1, 1970
    MY REVIEW: can also be found on my blog: ➽ KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS ‘BE THE GIRL’ Is a full length, standalone ‘romance’ novel by author ‘K.A. Tucker’A heartbreaking tale of redemption. Aria will be starting her new school in grade eleven, a school where she doesn’t know a soul, no one knows her or what horrors she’s left behind. A new identity, a new beginning, A new start. Finally a time to leave all her memories buried in the past. They arrive in a town called Eastmonte where she MY REVIEW: can also be found on my blog: ➽ KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS ‘BE THE GIRL’ Is a full length, standalone ‘romance’ novel by author ‘K.A. Tucker’A heartbreaking tale of redemption. Aria will be starting her new school in grade eleven, a school where she doesn’t know a soul, no one knows her or what horrors she’s left behind. A new identity, a new beginning, A new start. Finally a time to leave all her memories buried in the past. They arrive in a town called Eastmonte where she and her mother will be living with her eighty year old uncle, she can become someone else. Where she strives to become someone better.It doesn’t take long for the neighbours next door to introduce themselves, Cassie whom has autism, and her gorgeous brother Emmett who is in grade twelve. One of the popular hockey players at the school who has a bright successful future ahead of him.As we watch Aria as the new girl navigating her new life, you can’t help but applaud her maturity as she tries not to stoop to the bullying that occurs around her even though we see her inwardly struggling when she finds herself in a similar situation that changed her life forever back at her old high school. I think Carrie had a positive impact on Ari, seeing how she was getting bullied maybe was the catalyst to making her own her past mistakes, it was liberating seeing the change occur in Aria, she turned a negative into a positive. There were so many positives I can take from this book, so many heartfelt moments, so many feels when it came to Cassie’s family and how they dealt with an autistic teenager. I loved Cassie, her highs and lows, her way of thinking. Her happy disposition. I applaud K.A. Tucker for taking on this sensitive subject, she did true justice to the ugly side of bullying, she tackled this beautifully.      
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    LIVE http://hyperurl.co/iy6rzl5 STARS I adored this story,I had so many feelings while I was reading it!K.A. Tucker did an amazing job capturing the issues most teenagers are dealing at school.The set up was perfect and the characters made me ache for them.It was a sweet story that has a deep meaning!It's a story that should be read from everyone.I could easily relate and connect with the characters, I felt like I was back at school.I adored Emmet , Aria and Cassie. Be The Girl was an inspiring LIVE http://hyperurl.co/iy6rzl5 STARS I adored this story,I had so many feelings while I was reading it!K.A. Tucker did an amazing job capturing the issues most teenagers are dealing at school.The set up was perfect and the characters made me ache for them.It was a sweet story that has a deep meaning!It's a story that should be read from everyone.I could easily relate and connect with the characters, I felt like I was back at school.I adored Emmet , Aria and Cassie. Be The Girl was an inspiring story, I recommend it to everyone.This is a must read!    
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  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 starsBe the Girl was a fantastic, emotional and thought provoking young adult novel. It was a wonderful read, and extremely satisfying in every regard. Touching scenes, laugh out moments, and characters that I genuinely loved made this novel a true winner.There were so many things I loved and adored about this book.Aria was this complex heroine, with a dark past, but still approachable and genuinely nice. Cassie, an adorable, hilarious, and unique character easily stole my heart. And her br 4.25 starsBe the Girl was a fantastic, emotional and thought provoking young adult novel. It was a wonderful read, and extremely satisfying in every regard. Touching scenes, laugh out moments, and characters that I genuinely loved made this novel a true winner.There were so many things I loved and adored about this book.Aria was this complex heroine, with a dark past, but still approachable and genuinely nice. Cassie, an adorable, hilarious, and unique character easily stole my heart. And her brother Emmet, a wonderfully swoony in a popular jock, guy next door kind of way hero was the perfect boyfriend material for any teenager. These three made up the heart and soul of this novel.But the supporting characters were, as I've come to expect from this author, perfectly cast. All of them were down to earth kind of folks. The parents were protective and genuinely interested in their kids, a grouchy and dry humored uncle, a dog, and awesome teenagers that were undisputedly nice rounded up an awesome cast.The ending came way too quickly for my taste. I wasn't anywhere close to be done with this novel. And I could have easily read another 100 pages. Especially since Aria and Emmet just started out and I wanted/needed more of their relationship.The one thing that irked me was the BIG secret that was hinted at, but never resolved until the very end. I just knew that it would wreck my heart and everybody else's. I hate having these unrevealed issues looming over my head. I'll be waiting throughout the entire novel for the other shoe to drop. I rather have this BIG OMG moment, one I don't see coming until it's too late, compared to a secret that's being mentioned at the beginning but not revealed until the end.Nevertheless, I'm a new fan of all things KA Tucker, and I just hope she writes fast - because I'm already ready for her next novel.✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ If you want to chat with me about books, find me on Instagram For more of my reviews:My Blog: Book Twins ReviewsFacebook Blog PageTwitterSubscribe to Blog
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    4,5 risky move stars  “This is not supposed to be happening again.”  First the most important thing about that book: I gobbled it up in one day and completely loved it!  Second: my friend Melanie, huge KA Tucker’s fan will be in heaven as the male character is a hockey player (high school) living in Canada but has already been recruited to attend college in Minnesota! How great is that Melanie right? That book is made for you! Now it will be very difficult to write the review without giving aw 4,5 risky move stars  “This is not supposed to be happening again.”  First the most important thing about that book: I gobbled it up in one day and completely loved it!  Second: my friend Melanie, huge KA Tucker’s fan will be in heaven as the male character is a hockey player (high school) living in Canada but has already been recruited to attend college in Minnesota! How great is that Melanie right? That book is made for you! Now it will be very difficult to write the review without giving away any spoiler but I am committed to write this without one hint to big reveals! Because a big part of the fun reading this book is guessing WHY Aria and her mom are starting over.What happened to Aria?I guessed something traumatic happened but I was right …and wrong! I won’t tell more about the plot.  What I will do is write about the characters, about what that book made me feel, about some “non spoilerish” topics broached in the book. Aria is very easy to love. She is that soon to be sixteen years old girl starting fresh with her mother and now living with her great uncle Merv.Her new neighbors have two kids. Cassie who has autism and is a really solar girl and her big brother Emmet who is the boy next door every teenage girl would fall for. Aria will soon feel very protective of Cassie, so different but so loveable. Except that some kids don’t react smartly to other kids being different. My blood boiled like Aria’s every time I witnessed one of them hurt sweet Cassie, either by ignoring her, either by making fun of the girl.Aria will be the new girl at school and as every new beginning for a teenager this will feel daunting. Lucky for her Emmet and Cassie will take her under their wings.Aria could be any unsecure teenage girl who has experienced something that left her mom being overprotective and closely monitoring her interaction with others. You feel that she needs to get back her mother’s trust. She really wanted to do things properly. Yet as every teenager she also wanted some freedom. Emmet was truly the epitome of good guy. Not only was he handsome and smart but he also was great with his sister. He was kind with every odd kid at school. Always ready to protect. So empathetic. If I had been attending Emmet’s school I would have fallen for the guy. Hard.  I really loved how KA Tucker portrayed Cassie. She was different but so lovely. KA Tucker did not try to hide the worry having a child with autism causes to a family. Parents worrying how the kid would fare once adult. Big brother worrying who would protect his little sister once he’ll be away attending college. These are kids needing special attention, taking a lot of energy from their families but also giving back plenty of love and joy. All along I was following Aria’s new life, wondering what happened to her, trying to guess. I was crossing my fingers in the hope that she would get to be with Emmet even if I did not know if it was in the plan as he had a girlfriend. But a new start and love story are far from the only purpose of the book.It goes beyond a simple easy and sweet YA story to read. The book shows that some actions have consequences. That even the good intentions can sometimes have disastrous effects. That plans can backfire. It also challenges us asking if everyone can make mistakes and deserve a second chance, some redemption. Does being in a dark place excuses your behavior? When you do something wrong does it make you bad? If you want a story that makes you think and ponder. A story that will challenge you and your beliefs. A story that will have you wondering if you are ready to understand, to empathize, to forgive. A story that will flow effortlessly even with serious topics being discussed then you really, really, really should go for this book! Have you read K.A. Tucker's books before? Thanks for reading. Sophie Find me on:Wordpress: Beware Of The ReaderFacebook: Beware Of The Reader Facebook group : Beware Book Boyfriends Alert Instagram: @bewareofthereader Twitter: @BewareOffReader
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Be The GirlSeries: StandaloneAuthor: K.A. TuckerRelease date: January 21, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: YA, contemporary romanceThis was a really hard one for me to rate. To say that I have mixed feelings is a huge understatement, most especially about the main character Aria. I read a lot of young adult books with teenage characters, so her age isn't an issue in general. I knew this would be set in high school with personalities and problems related to that transitional time in life. It's w Title: Be The GirlSeries: StandaloneAuthor: K.A. TuckerRelease date: January 21, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: YA, contemporary romanceThis was a really hard one for me to rate. To say that I have mixed feelings is a huge understatement, most especially about the main character Aria. I read a lot of young adult books with teenage characters, so her age isn't an issue in general. I knew this would be set in high school with personalities and problems related to that transitional time in life. It's what you would expect with a coming of age story. I'm not going to lie though, Aria was 15 years old for the majority of the book and at times her personality was more silly than what appeals to me in YA. I tend to zone out and miss notes. I can’t help it, though. He has a hot neck. I didn’t think that was a thing, but it is definitely a thing.I think I like Emmett. Like, REALLY like him. But maybe you already guessed that. He’s easily the hottest guy in school. Maybe on earth. Age appropriate, yes. Relatable to me at this time in my life, no. Her reaction to Emmett was your typical giddy schoolgirl crush on the hot popular jock. It didn't have a huge impact on my overall enjoyment, but I was finding it hard to connect with her because of it. That's just a personal preference though, so it's not going to phase everyone.On the other hand, Aria seemed to have maturity in some ways that were beyond her years that I respected. After moving to Eastmonte with her mother to start fresh, they meet their new neighbors, Emmett and Cassie Hartford. Cassie is close to their age, but is on the autism spectrum and there is a childlike innocence to her that makes her different than your average high school student. Not only does Aria immediately show her respect, but she goes out of her way to include her and offer her friendship. At school, rather than joining a clique, she befriends people who are a little bit odd. The people whom everyone else doesn't take the time to know as a person before passing judgement and censure. So she may have been a bit giddy, but I really started to warm up to her. I would say that the main theme of this book is bullying/cyberbullying and it really shed light on the devastation it can cause. So many teens take part in tormenting others and making their life a living hell, and don't think about the consequences of their actions. Treating their hateful behavior as if it's a game, they don't think that the worst possible case scenario can result from what they're doing. With how prevalent this social epidemic is now more than ever on social media, I applaud the author for tackling it. Everyone has an ugly side. It’s only ever a matter of how well they keep it hidden, and what makes it appear.Throughout the book, there are lots of clues that Aria has run from some sort of scandal that resulted in some mental health issues. She tries to compartmentalize her old life from her "new" one, and convince herself that with her new school, all of her old problems are erased. In other words, she's in denial big time. Avoiding the uncomfortable feelings she doesn't want to focus on anymore, and trying to reinvent herself. I just knew that somehow the skeletons in her closet would be uncovered, and it was only a matter of time before she had to confront them again. Then the twist finally comes and knocks you off your feet. No way, no how did I expect the secret that she was hiding! It took me completely off guard and shocked me. It was something that had me re-evaluating everything I thought about her up until that point. I debated with myself if I could even like this heroine after finishing, and whether or not she fully showed character growth to suit me. Some of her actions at her new school showed that despite everything she was trying to put behind her, she still made careless choices she shouldn't have. But I came to the conclusion that I suppose it doesn't really matter what my opinion is of her in the end. The message is impactful, and it was told in a way that makes you sit up and pay attention. Be the Girl explores a lot of light things that typical teens would feel and experience in young love. It also digs into a heavy topic, showing the permanent effect bullying can wreak on lives. It's a story that many will not only appreciate, but need to hear. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Be The Girl is my very first FIVE STAR read of 2019 and it'll be up there as one of the best books I'll read this year without a doubt. I've been struggling to find a story that would blow me away this year,  a story full of richness and depth and relatable characters that would reach out and grip me with intense emotion and an unforgettable storyline. (Not too much to ask, is it?) Well I'm thrilled to say I finally found it. Be the Girl is moving and heart wrenching, thought provoking and roman Be The Girl is my very first FIVE STAR read of 2019 and it'll be up there as one of the best books I'll read this year without a doubt. I've been struggling to find a story that would blow me away this year,  a story full of richness and depth and relatable characters that would reach out and grip me with intense emotion and an unforgettable storyline. (Not too much to ask, is it?) Well I'm thrilled to say I finally found it. Be the Girl is moving and heart wrenching, thought provoking and romantic. It's a story full of regret and redemption, unconditional love and friendship, and IT IS EXCEPTIONAL.There are so many nuances to this story, I don't even know where to begin. Read this book because of the sweet YA love story. Read this book because of the teen angst and maddening dynamic that'll take you right back to high school. Read this book because it's eye opening. Because it's rich with messages of empathy and forgiveness. Read this book because it'll make you a better human. Read this book because of Cassie and all the things her blinding light will teach you. Read this book because Aria's story sends a powerful, hopeful, unforgettable message we all can relate to in some way. Read this book because Emmett is the kind of character we hope our daughters find and our sons grow up to be. Read this book because it'll change the way you look at the world. Be The Girl brought tears to my eyes more than once. It filled me with an overwhelming sense of giddiness because I had finally found a book that I couldn't put down, never wanted to end, and won't stop thinking about anyone soon. The youthful romance between Emmett and Aria gave me nostalgic feels of first love and unsettling emotions and raging hormones and it was both delicious and complicated and I loved every second. This is a story that resonated with me because I could see myself on these pages. I've been there, in the dark places, and as painful and unsettling as those feelings were when they came to the surface, this story is a testament to the fact that things do get better. People do grow and change and learn from their mistakes. It's a potent, necessary reminder that you're not alone and that all we really need is a desire to understand each other. What a beautiful world we'd live in if we simply sought understanding instead of isolating ourselves from what looks a little different. What a brilliant book KA Tucker delivers with Be the Girl. What a wholly unforgettable story this was. One of my goals for this new year was to stop spending my time reading books that are anything less than exceptional and this book, my friends, is simply extraordinary. 
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  • FMABookReviews
    January 1, 1970
    It seems there's a bit of a wave right now for authors to move out of their normal genre, and write "YA" books. But most of the books I've read about teenage love are not necessarily intended for young adults, but books that are intended for adults. KA Tucker's newest book, BE THE GIRL is the exception. This truly is YA, and as a parent of two young adults, BE THE GIRL is a book I would encourage them to read.Tucker takes on a subject that has become a buzz word in our time, bullying, and does i It seems there's a bit of a wave right now for authors to move out of their normal genre, and write "YA" books. But most of the books I've read about teenage love are not necessarily intended for young adults, but books that are intended for adults. KA Tucker's newest book, BE THE GIRL is the exception. This truly is YA, and as a parent of two young adults, BE THE GIRL is a book I would encourage them to read.Tucker takes on a subject that has become a buzz word in our time, bullying, and does it in such a way, that at some point the reader begins to gain a little understanding behind the motives of the bully. We may not agree with the actions taken, but a bit of understanding does occur. We see how easy it is to get caught up in the wake as things begin to snowball. While at the same time, I had so much empathy for those that were being bullied. I was so angry on their behalf. Something Tucker also does brilliantly, is the creation of the character, Cassie. From the descriptions of her mannerisms to her voice inflection, it was clear Cassie was born from love. (One of my favorite parts in the book comes when Cassie asks Aria if they will still be friends next year when Emmett goes away to college. Those paragraphs were written with such love and evoked such compassion, I couldn't help but cry.)BE THE GIRL was poignant, funny, heartwarming and redemptive, it was about looking past each other's differences and accepting others for who they are. But above all, it's about being kind to one another. I was provided a review copy by the author. This did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.
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  • may ❀
    January 1, 1970
    buddy read with my bby, 🛋🥔k. a. tucker ruined my life with The Simple Wild and if this book is anything like that one, i will be devastated (in a good way) buddy read with my bby, 🛋️🥔k. a. tucker ruined my life with The Simple Wild and if this book is anything like that one, i will be devastated (in a good way)
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  • Sandra Cortez
    January 1, 1970
    It’s been a week since I’ve finished and I’m honestly still at a loss for words. Be The Girl was a punch in the gut. It made me reevaluate my time in high school. What kind of girl was I? How did I treat those that were different than me? It really made me think. Overall this is a relevant YA which thoroughly explores major issues facing teens today. It’s not all troubling teen times there’s also love...love between friends, sisters, neighbors, family and first love. Job well done as always Kath It’s been a week since I’ve finished and I’m honestly still at a loss for words. Be The Girl was a punch in the gut. It made me reevaluate my time in high school. What kind of girl was I? How did I treat those that were different than me? It really made me think. Overall this is a relevant YA which thoroughly explores major issues facing teens today. It’s not all troubling teen times there’s also love...love between friends, sisters, neighbors, family and first love. Job well done as always Kathleen!
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.K.A. Tucker became one of my favorite authors last year when I finally checked Ten Tiny Breaths off my TBR list and was able to read an ARC of The Simple Wild, which made my favorites list of 2018. I'm impressed with K.A.'s easy writing style and relatable storytelling. I was eager to check out Be the Girl, especially since this will be published Independently of Atria. While my attention has recently drifted to more traditionally published books, my heartstri Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.K.A. Tucker became one of my favorite authors last year when I finally checked Ten Tiny Breaths off my TBR list and was able to read an ARC of The Simple Wild, which made my favorites list of 2018. I'm impressed with K.A.'s easy writing style and relatable storytelling. I was eager to check out Be the Girl, especially since this will be published Independently of Atria. While my attention has recently drifted to more traditionally published books, my heartstrings are still tugged by Indie books.Guys, Be the Girl is an important book. It's likely one of the most influential YA books I've ever read. The topics discussed here are incredibly important and there are things I wish I could discuss in greater detail, but for the sake of avoiding spoilers, I need to keep certain points mum.I especially enjoyed the beginnings of each chapter starting with a journal entry from our main character, Aria. This added an element of mystery and a link to past events that kept me eagerly turning the pages, particularly in the beginning of the story. This allows readers to get to know her on a more personal level, rather than reading her through interactions with friends and family members. My thoughts on Aria as a character are up in the air at this point. One thing I can truly say is that she seems like one of the most realistic teenage characters I've ever read.The hero of the story to all readers will be Emmett, without a doubt. He's the guy everyone wants to know and be around in high school. The guy you would assume is a jerk, due simply to his magnetism, only to discover he has a soft heart. I couldn't help but love the guy. The ways he showed his care for his autistic sister, Cassie, were incredibly heartwarming. Emmett made me want to be a gentler person!I could go on and on about each character, but I don't particularly enjoy reading reviews about characters I've yet to meet myself, so I want to dive into the meat of the story without giving too much away. The first half of this book flew by as I was baited each chapter with interesting tidbits that made me eager to see what would happen next. As the story drew on, however, I felt it became a bit predictable and found myself reading faster if only to get to the twist. One of the things that is a challenge for me with YA books as an adult are the mundane life scenes - going to school, coming home, doing homework. I hate for my age to start showing, but these scenes bore me. This was no fault of K.A. Tucker's, as this book fits smack dab in it's intended genre. This aspect only reflects on my personal enjoyment.Despite my three-star rating (due to my enjoyment, not the story), because I find myself moving further away from YA every year, I believe this book will be well received by readers of all ages. Its importance in informing the young and old of the bullying teenagers face in the world today is unparalleled. If I was a teacher, this book would be recommended to students constantly and hopefully very rarely on my shelf. K.A. Tucker did an amazing job of bringing real-world issues to life with her characters and making me feel such intense empathy toward kids growing up today. None of us are perfect, but with the help of books like this one, maybe we can slowly become better people.
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books*Be the Girl was a story that surprised me in many ways. From the characters and their complex emotions to the high school drama and above all, bullying. Not to mention Cassie, the sweet soul!As a person has been a victim of bullying in middle school, I believe that there should be more awareness, especially now when technology offers more means to be a bully while stayin I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books*Be the Girl was a story that surprised me in many ways. From the characters and their complex emotions to the high school drama and above all, bullying. Not to mention Cassie, the sweet soul!As a person has been a victim of bullying in middle school, I believe that there should be more awareness, especially now when technology offers more means to be a bully while staying anonymous and believing that nothing touches you. K.A. Tucker has written in a very realistic and emotional way about people who struggle every day, learn from their mistakes and grow up in the process; and also they find love and understanding. There should be more books like this one. Highly recommended.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 starsK.A. Tucker is one of my favorite authors. So I was very excited to read her newest book. I had no idea what this book was about as I did not read the book blurb. All I knew is that it was a YA story.The narrator is almost sixteen-year-old Aria Jones (1st person POV). The book takes place in Canada. The story starts with her and mom moving cross country from Calgary to a place in Ontario an hour away from Toronto.Aria and her mom are moving in with her mom's 80 year old uncle. Their n 4.5/5 starsK.A. Tucker is one of my favorite authors. So I was very excited to read her newest book. I had no idea what this book was about as I did not read the book blurb. All I knew is that it was a YA story.The narrator is almost sixteen-year-old Aria Jones (1st person POV). The book takes place in Canada. The story starts with her and mom moving cross country from Calgary to a place in Ontario an hour away from Toronto.Aria and her mom are moving in with her mom's 80 year old uncle. Their new next door neighbors have two teens: Cassie (sweet, kind girl with autism) and Emmett (star hockey player).Aria has a secret. This is hinted at throughout the book. It is the reason for the cross country move.Things that I liked about this story. Hockey. Emmett is in his last year of high school. And he is a star hockey player with scholarship prospects at US universities. I enjoyed the hockey aspect of this story, especially what went on in the stands during the games.Track/running. Running also factors into this story. And I really enjoyed how it played into the story. Although I wish that we had gotten more of the school track team.Autism. One of the main characters in this book is 15 year old Cassie. I absolutely loved this character and how she was portrayed. I think that she added so much to this book.Dogs. I am not even a huge dog lover, but I just loved the stuff with the animal shelter and everything to do with dogs in this book.The book deals with serious issues that many teens face. And I think that this story is an important one. There are characters in this story who are awful. But just because you do a bad thing does that mean that you are a bad person? Is there a difference between someone who is horrible and vindictive vs someone who grows and learns from their mistakes?This book was so much more meaningful than I was expecting. And I liked that the author waited and let us get to know all of the characters before telling us the secret.The epilogue was really good. And the author's note/acknowledgments at the end were significant.I was absolutely not expecting this book to deal with such important issues. This book is significant and it will make you think.Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Bex | TotallyBex.com
    January 1, 1970
    Bittersweet, but so good! I couldn’t put it down. (Full review to come)
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads. Oh wow, Kathleen. What did you just do to me? And how do I write a review that does Be the Girl justice? What a gorgeous book. Her first YA contemporary was absolute perfection.I won't say I've been in a book funk lately, but I've definitely been struggling with my focus when I finally get time to read. Be the Girl pulled me out of that funk within the first chapter. As soon as I started reading, I knew I wouldn't get anything done until I finish Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads. Oh wow, Kathleen. What did you just do to me? And how do I write a review that does Be the Girl justice? What a gorgeous book. Her first YA contemporary was absolute perfection.I won't say I've been in a book funk lately, but I've definitely been struggling with my focus when I finally get time to read. Be the Girl pulled me out of that funk within the first chapter. As soon as I started reading, I knew I wouldn't get anything done until I finished it. I found Aria relatable, Emmett swoony and Cassie adorable almost immediately. I went into the story blind — literally not having even read the blurb — and I'm glad I did. Be the Girl blew me away.I'm not going to dig deep down into the plot here. All you really need to know is Aria is a girl trying to escape her past and shape a new future in a new town. We don't know what all that past contains in the beginning, but it unfolds throughout the book. Her new neighbor is delightfully sweet and swoony — a genuine great guy — and I basically just wanted to hug him and his sister, Cassie, who is autistic. Actually I just loved the whole Hartford family. Aria's mom and uncle were wonderful, too. But, I digress. Aria's a new girl in a new town with new situations and new people to deal with. Plus she has a crush on her neighbor — I don't blame her — who has a "perfect" girlfriend. So, yes, there's some teenage angst. But I was here for it.I could list a million little things I loved about Be the Girl, but I won't. Instead I'll just tell you that you should read it. It was a thought-provoking, unexpected and absolutely gorgeous book. Oh, my feels! They got pummeled for sure during this book. But, in the best way possible. Both sad and happy tears were shared and, I swear, at one point I didn't even realize I was crying until a tear hit my iPad. I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Favorite Quotes:Sure, he's nice, and cute, and funny. But I just didn't feel that thing. You know that thing... when you meet eyes with a guy you like, and then they smile at you, and you have to remind yourself to breathe.This whole crushing-hard-on-your-neighbor-when-he's-in-love-with-his-beautiful-and-saintly-girlfriend thing sucks, big time. But, at least I get to see him every day. Friendship is better than strangers, right?Years from now, if anyone asks me what I did for my sixteenth birthday, I'll tell them I kissed Emmett Hartford. That's all I'll remember, and it will have been the best birthday of my life."Any rose can succumb to rot, given the right conditions. But, with enough attention, it can come back better than before."
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  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    Be the Girl is a story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. Tucker has crafted an adorable story that packs a punch you won’t see coming. Be the Girl is a story about bullying, regret, and redemption. Regret and forgiveness go hand in hand, so feelings about the end of this novel may differ greatly person-to-person.I’m usually not a fan of high school stories because I usually find them tedious with all their petty high school drama. However, Tucker expertly crafted an adorable Be the Girl is a story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. Tucker has crafted an adorable story that packs a punch you won’t see coming. Be the Girl is a story about bullying, regret, and redemption. Regret and forgiveness go hand in hand, so feelings about the end of this novel may differ greatly person-to-person.I’m usually not a fan of high school stories because I usually find them tedious with all their petty high school drama. However, Tucker expertly crafted an adorable romance within a much more poignant story about bullying, inclusion, and forgiveness.Be the Girl seems like your typical high school romance novel with a little something more. I fully expected Tucker to touch briefly upon bullying and its consequences since the main character’s past, but I was not expecting what Be the Girl actually delivers. At a certain point in the novel, the story becomes so much more and it is absolutely incredible. There is an obvious shift in tone and direction that, in hindsight, is inevitable, but so well written. One of the characters is a fifteen-year-old girl named Cassie who has autism. I’m not an expert in autism, but Tucker’s portrayal is well informed and genuine. Also, the characters’ reactions and actions towards Cassie are authentic and informative. There are so many moments where Cassie is the highlight of the scene that I would give her the breakout role award for this novel.Be the Girl prominently features a romance, so there is some of Tucker’s signature chemistry and tension, though it is rated PG.One of the things I loved most about Be the Girl is the fact that it’s set in a town outside of Toronto. I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve read that have been set in a Canadian city. Tucker is from the Toronto area, so I’m excited to see more of her novels set in and around Toronto!Overall, Be the Girl is a breath of fresh air when it comes to YA novels set in high school. Tucker has created a novel with characters that are competent yet naïve and a highly relevant story about bullying and forgiveness all housed within an adorable first love romance.** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Betul
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**I don't read as much Young Adult novels like I used to, but if one of my favorite authors decided to write one, you know I'll be one of the first ones in line to get a copy. I won't go into the plot of the story, because I think the blurb gives you the perfect insight into the story without spoiling it. I will go into how the story and characters made me feel. The characters were really great and Cassie in my opinion stole the show. She **ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**I don't read as much Young Adult novels like I used to, but if one of my favorite authors decided to write one, you know I'll be one of the first ones in line to get a copy. I won't go into the plot of the story, because I think the blurb gives you the perfect insight into the story without spoiling it. I will go into how the story and characters made me feel. The characters were really great and Cassie in my opinion stole the show. She is such a beautiful and innocent person, and I would've loved to meet someone like her in high school (or now). She will always be honest and what you see is what you get with her. And that isn't always the case, and especially in high school people can be absolutely awful. When Aria moves to a new town, Cassie is the first one to adopt her as her new friend. She always can't stop talking about her great big brother Emmett. He was such a great guy and very protective of Cassie. Aria develops a crush on him right away, but who can blame her.I think Be the Girl is a very important book for people to read because it sheds light and creates awareness on certain topics that is very relevant especially with social media. It also show the other side, which I loved. I thought I had this story all figured out, but then the author hit me with a plot twist and left me speechless. This book had me on edge and in tears a couple of times. I do wish the book was longer, or that the last couple of chapters weren't that fast-paced. It left me wanting more, and I kind of want a New Adult sequel. The connection between Aria and Emmett was there, but not enough that I 100% believed in it. But on the other hand, I also kind of liked that because it felt real. They are teenagers and they still have a lot of growing up to do. K.A. Tucker did an amazing job with this book and it was obvious that it was personal to her. I really hope she will write more books in this genre.
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  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookworms *I received a free copy of [title] from [publisher] via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *I knew Be the Girl would break my heart! Bullying is such an ugly word. And now - with all kinds of social media, those who are bullied must feel like it never stops.Be the Girl is such an important story! And I have to say, Tucker managed to tell it with so much tenderness and tact, it wa This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookworms *I received a free copy of [title] from [publisher] via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *I knew Be the Girl would break my heart! Bullying is such an ugly word. And now - with all kinds of social media, those who are bullied must feel like it never stops.Be the Girl is such an important story! And I have to say, Tucker managed to tell it with so much tenderness and tact, it was beautiful  - even when it was ugly! Aria moved across Canada with her mother to live with her great-uncle. And it was clear from the beginning of the story that there was trouble in her past. Big trouble. Coupled with a father who had a second family - and who left Aria and her mother behind without a backwards glance. Things had been so bad that she had even changed her last name before moving.Be the Girl is about starting over. But it's also about not being able to bury the past. And again, Tucker weaved such a fantastic story, with characters that grew exceptionally. Characters who wanted to be better. Characters who understood how precarious high school can be. All the characters were well developed, and I think that's part of what made the story so incredibly strong.Be the Girl is a necessary story, and both teens and all people who have contact with teens should read it!  
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I can't remember the last time I read a book in a constant state of nerves. I had to take many breaks for this reason. Being a teenager nowadays is definitely not like it was when I was growing up. Aria has learned that the hard way.This book was very though provoking and eye opening. I have a social awkward child and seeing this on paper was very real. And as a recipient of bullying as a teen, I was just sick to my stomach at a few of the actions portrayed here. This really happens. And of cour I can't remember the last time I read a book in a constant state of nerves. I had to take many breaks for this reason. Being a teenager nowadays is definitely not like it was when I was growing up. Aria has learned that the hard way.This book was very though provoking and eye opening. I have a social awkward child and seeing this on paper was very real. And as a recipient of bullying as a teen, I was just sick to my stomach at a few of the actions portrayed here. This really happens. And of course social media plays a huge role in many examples. I labeled this mature YA because of the subject matter and actions of a few of the characters. But I would recommend this to some of the teens in my life. I received an ARC and this is my honest review.
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  • Berry•Nice
    January 1, 1970
    EVERYONE should read this!!! I've read a couple books by this author and I've really enjoyed them so when I saw this new release the blurb intrigued me and I preordered. I'm happy I read it as soon as I could and didn't let it sit in my library. This definitely had a different feel than what I've been reading lately but with the phenomenal writing I couldn't stop reading. This story was full of Amazing characters!!Be The Girl is a story that will make you think. It will touch your heart. It will EVERYONE should read this!!! I've read a couple books by this author and I've really enjoyed them so when I saw this new release the blurb intrigued me and I preordered. I'm happy I read it as soon as I could and didn't let it sit in my library. This definitely had a different feel than what I've been reading lately but with the phenomenal writing I couldn't stop reading. This story was full of Amazing characters!!Be The Girl is a story that will make you think. It will touch your heart. It will make you mad and sad because there are ugly people in this world as you ask yourself "How could they?" "WHY would they?". It will also make you smile because there are beautiful kind people in this world that proves humanity can be good. There's hope. “...the sooner you figure out how to like yourself through your own eyes, the sooner you’ll stop trying to see yourself through everyone else’s.” You can feel Regret and Redemption. Second Chances and Forgiveness. ~ ~ every action has a reaction ~ ~I was able to see the different point of views and it was tough. This is in a high school setting so we have the teenagers, parents, teachers, friends and boyfriend/girlfriend...I didn't want this to end. #FoodForThought “Any rose can succumb to rot, given the right conditions. But, with enough attention, it can come back better than before.”
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Prepare yourself, dear reader, to meet a character as indelible as Scout Finch and Starr Carter. Prepare yourself to meet Cassie. While she is not the main character in this beautiful, spellbinding, and moving book, Cassie nonetheless is the one who captures your heart and holds it with all the reverence she gives to dogs and Junior Mints. Before we get to her, though, a few words about Aria and Emmett. When Aria arrives in eastern Canada, miles and a lifetime away from her hometown of Calgary, Prepare yourself, dear reader, to meet a character as indelible as Scout Finch and Starr Carter. Prepare yourself to meet Cassie. While she is not the main character in this beautiful, spellbinding, and moving book, Cassie nonetheless is the one who captures your heart and holds it with all the reverence she gives to dogs and Junior Mints. Before we get to her, though, a few words about Aria and Emmett. When Aria arrives in eastern Canada, miles and a lifetime away from her hometown of Calgary, she brings with her no shortage of emotional pain and necessary recovery. K A Tucker drops a few clues as to the cause of that, but she waits to reveal it, letting you--and Aria--get comfortable and begin to feel some relief. But as K A Tucker unveils effectively and heartbreakingly, you do not deserve such relief until you have atoned. Until you have allowed yourself to become The Girl. Our hero, Emmett, is the sort of guy you wish you'd known in high school. And Emmett, perhaps more effectively than Aria or Cassie, stands as proof of the skill K A Tucker has when it comes to crafting characters. He could be so one-note, so predictable, so straight out of Central Casting, and yet in Tucker's hands, he is more complex, more intriguing, more substantive. I wanted more of him, in fact. (Memo to K A Tucker: Please give me Emmett's book of what happens next. Please. PLEASE.)Aria's growth arc makes you feel her pain, remorse, and yearning to be the girl she knows she can be. I appreciated that her thoughts and behavior make her tangible and real. She is someone you know from high school; maybe she's even you in high school.Cassie, though. Cassie is unique and powerful. It is impossible not to love her, even as it's impossible not to sympathize with her parents and Emmett. She is so wonderfully her. Cassie, more than any other character, is herself, unaware of how to be anything else. I loved this book from start to finish, and I am in awe of how K A Tucker delivers her message about bullying. Teenagers--and those of us who are a little removed from the teen years--need to read this book. In fact, I hope you pardon me while I go write up a grant request to get a class set of this novel. I want my students to read it.
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  • Adirondack Reads Romance
    January 1, 1970
    SWEET! A new KA Tucker book 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
  • Readingtilthebreakofdawn
    January 1, 1970
    Do you have children? Read this book. Do you plan to have children? Read this book.Were you a teenager? Read this book. Are you a teenager? Read this book.Basically, this is a book that should be read by anyone that has lived the life a high schooler or will live the life. The issues dealt with in this book are so relevant to this day and age and I think it's important to read about them and understand how those issues and how you react to them affect those around you."I knew there had to be an Do you have children? Read this book. Do you plan to have children? Read this book.Were you a teenager? Read this book. Are you a teenager? Read this book.Basically, this is a book that should be read by anyone that has lived the life a high schooler or will live the life. The issues dealt with in this book are so relevant to this day and age and I think it's important to read about them and understand how those issues and how you react to them affect those around you."I knew there had to be an ugly side. Everyone has an ugly side. It's only ever a matter of how well they keep it hidden, and what makes it appear." Aria and her mother have had some major life changes and up and leave their current home and move across country in Canada. They go to live with Uncle Merv who is an old curmudgeon, but lovable all the same. Aria is a high schooler and starting life all over again. You can imagine how that goes. High School is never kind. Fortunately, living with Merv sets Aria up with neighbors that attend her school. Emmett is the good looking, popular older brother and Cassie is the always happy, quite honest younger sister. But Cassie isn't just happy. She's on the spectrum and her family protects and loves her fiercely. And Aria becomes one of Cassie's closest friends. She learns how to love and protect through patience and through the knowledge her neighbors give her.This story is beautiful, eye opening and wonderfully told from a teenagers POV. With Aria, we get a vulnerability we don't always see in characters her age. Through her letters to her diary, we get a piece of her past so we can understand the girl she is trying to be now. Each character, whether we like them or not, brings a piece to the puzzle and the puzzle may not be what it first seems. The twist honestly surprised me a bit and made me question my feelings on a certain character. (But that's what makes a great story. Answers that become questions).Overall, I loved this book and the messages it brought forth through the pages. It is a story filled with love, family and friendships. Of rebirth and growth. I have to say this is a book that I will share with my kids in the years to come. It is such a relevant book for high schoolers living in a social media age. And I can only wish that I would raise kids that have open hearts and open minds with a fierceness to protect. "Any rose can succumb to rot, given the right conditions. But, with enough attention, it can come back better than before." I Highly recommend this young adult book and love that KA Tucker tackled a few subjects in a very thoughtful way. Some of it was painful to read, but most of it was a joy and brought a smile to my face. The issues she broached are very now and they need to be discussed and understood with our youth today. Tackle the subjects and create conversation with the youth. Tucker gave you some great starting points in this book. Add this one to your TBR asap! You won't regret it!!!
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!! My girl KAT has done it again! This is the reason she is one of my favorite authors and why I recommend her books to everyone I know! I just love everything she writes! I absolutely loved Be The Girl! It was a ya contemporary full of so much heart and with a good dose of dealing with issues that face many teens today and even adults. Be the Girl was the story of Aria, a teen girl starting over in a new place far away from the drama of her last home. Along the way she makes a new frie 4.5 Stars!! My girl KAT has done it again! This is the reason she is one of my favorite authors and why I recommend her books to everyone I know! I just love everything she writes! I absolutely loved Be The Girl! It was a ya contemporary full of so much heart and with a good dose of dealing with issues that face many teens today and even adults. Be the Girl was the story of Aria, a teen girl starting over in a new place far away from the drama of her last home. Along the way she makes a new friend named Cassie, a teen girl who is autistic. Cassie’s very attractive, hockey playing brother Emmett also becomes friends with Aria. This was such a fun group of characters. I love how Tucker portrayed Autism through Cassie. I felt that it was real and true and so well done. I absolutely adored Cassie. I loved Emmett and Aria too, as well as their families. I really enjoyed the family element on both sides of these main characters. One thing that touched me the most about Be the Girl was the bullying aspect. I felt that Tucker really shone on light on bullying with this book. She focuses on it in person as well as through social media. This is such a hard thing facing so many today, and not just teenagers. I though that KAT did an amazing job of showing how bullying starts and how quickly it escalates.There was romance, I liked that it wasn’t the whole point of this book and I really enjoyed the romantic moments. Overall I really liked this one and I recommend it for both teens and adults. This is a YA that will appeal to many audiences. Can’t wait to see what KAT does next!!
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  • Kat's Books & Brews
    January 1, 1970
    I haven’t read a YA novel in a long time and let me just say this one blew me away. Be the Girl follows AJ who has recently moved to a new town where she knows no one and has to start at a new girl in a new high school. Lucky for her she’s got a set of cool neighbors who are going to help AJ find her footing. If that isn’t difficult enough, AJ is also having to deal with the past life she left behind, a past that just might challenge her new start. While reading this I felt like I was transport I haven’t read a YA novel in a long time and let me just say this one blew me away. Be the Girl follows AJ who has recently moved to a new town where she knows no one and has to start at a new girl in a new high school. Lucky for her she’s got a set of cool neighbors who are going to help AJ find her footing. If that isn’t difficult enough, AJ is also having to deal with the past life she left behind, a past that just might challenge her new start. While reading this I felt like I was transported in time, right back to my high school years,( I graduated seven years ago😳) everything came rushing back. Everyone knows someone who has or have been bullied in their own life. This book is so important. Be the Girl is perfect for this day in a age. I can’t image how much more difficult it is to be growing up in today’s society the need to fit in being so hard. The pressure to live up to the perfect instagramable (I think I just made that word up) life. All the issues highlighted in this novel are SO IMPORTANT. Things that we as a society need to discuss. I applauded Tucker for tackling the issues that plague today’s youth. Everyone of all ages should read this, these issues are not just effecting high schoolers, anyone can be a victim of bullying. These issues are not going to go away we have to deal with them, and Be the Girl hit the mark. I 100% recommended!
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't sure about this book at first but because it was written by K.A Tucker I gave it a chance. By the end of chapter 1, I was hooked.This was such a beautiful book that tackles important issues and it does so in a beautiful way. I loved all the characters and by the end my heart felt full, can't ask much more of a book.
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  • Heather Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Be the Girl was the first book that I read in 2019 that completely made me lose focus on all other tasks in my life for 24 hours. And let me tell you, I love when that happens!KA Tucker wrote such a beautiful and inspiring story that people of all ages should read. It made me smile, laugh, get made and also cry. The dialogue and imagery of this story felt very real and added such depth to her characters and the story she was telling. I highly recommend that you read Be the Girl.
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  • Emma Louise
    January 1, 1970
    Well she did it again. I have loved everything I have read from K A Tucker and Be The Girl was no exception, in fact it may be my favourite so far… Tied with The Simple Wild… and Keep Her Safe…. And the Ten Tiny Breaths series… Actually you know what I love it all.Be The Girl is an interesting and frank look into the world of teen dynamics and bullying. As the story unfolds we appreciate how multi layered this issue is and how much discernment and empathy is needed to really understand it. We se Well she did it again. I have loved everything I have read from K A Tucker and Be The Girl was no exception, in fact it may be my favourite so far… Tied with The Simple Wild… and Keep Her Safe…. And the Ten Tiny Breaths series… Actually you know what I love it all.Be The Girl is an interesting and frank look into the world of teen dynamics and bullying. As the story unfolds we appreciate how multi layered this issue is and how much discernment and empathy is needed to really understand it. We see a girl is broken trying to rebuild and start fresh in her life after some traumatic events in her old one. Her inner dialogue is interesting and gives an honest look at the struggles she is facing and her desperate need to be better than before. I really like reading her thoughts and appreciated her inner struggle which so many of us do have in one way or another. None of us are perfect and we all make mistakes and have the potential to get caught up in something we don’t really understand the severity of or how to get ourselves out again. I particularly admired the courage and strength Aria showed in pushing herself to be the girl she wanted to be and not just the one it was easy to be. I loved the dynamics within both families but especially Cassie and Emmett’s family. I appreciated the authors take on what it is like to be a part of a family with a member who is on the autism spectrum. The love and protectiveness that they all showed Cassie while also appreciating her unique beauty and personality was both touching and refreshing to read. With Arias mum I really felt her pain in what had happened and the guilt and blame she placed on herself as well as her deep desire to be a better mum moving forward. I think this was an honest look at how once again we all make mistakes, parents are no exception to this, but Arias mum was determined to not keep repeating history and past mistakes. In doing this she also set an example for her daughter that you can do better and move forward. I thought the relationship between Aria and her mother was touching, complex and real. I found Arias new friends at school frustrating in that they didn’t speak up, nor did most of the school as the bullying was taking place around them. While this annoyed me it may very well be the reality for many in this situation. I guess I just want to believe more people would defend their friends or those around them but maybe that isn’t the case at all. While this was a deeper overall subject there were still many funny and sweet moments as well that I really appreciated. The relationship between Emmett and Aria takes off slowly and the dynamic between them is sweet. Cassie is both gorgeous and hilarious and I really loved reading her scenes, especially the ones that show her cheekier side. I’m a huge dog fan and I love reading anything with a dog in it so of course Murphy stole my heart right away. Be The Girl is a wonderful story about empathy, redemption and being who we really are and the best version we can possibly be. I loved every minute of it and whole heartedly recommend it to anyone but especially teens and parents of teens. I think it’ll help many people have a deeper think about different issues facing young ones and hopefully in doing so will open up some dialogue. Thank you to K. A. Tucker for my ARC- I loved it!
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  • Lu
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an ARC by the author. This did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.KA is one of my favorite authors, her way of telling stories makes you completely focus on the story. This story is set in Canada and is narrated in a first-person POV, the book begins when Aria almost 16, moves in with her mother Debra to live in the house of her great-uncle Merv, who is an eighty years old man, who is a lightly grumpy and lonely after the death of his wife.When they reach Eastmonte I was provided an ARC by the author. This did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.KA is one of my favorite authors, her way of telling stories makes you completely focus on the story. This story is set in Canada and is narrated in a first-person POV, the book begins when Aria almost 16, moves in with her mother Debra to live in the house of her great-uncle Merv, who is an eighty years old man, who is a lightly grumpy and lonely after the death of his wife.When they reach Eastmonte Aria and Debra meets theirs neighbors the Hartford family, the teenaged children: Cassie a 15-year-old girl with autism, who is always cheerful, is fond of dogs and sweets; and her brother Emmett, an almost eighteen years old, who is a hockey player, that enjoys to run in the mornings and with university scholarship prospects in the United States, but is much more than an athlete, he is sweet, considerate and protective with his sister, I would loved to meet an Emmett in teenagers years. Aria and Cassie develop a friendship where, despite Cassie's limitations, they learn to know each other and to relate.Emmett and Aria start as friends, but things change and feelings begin to emerge, despite all the difficulties in their path.The secondary characters were believable, nothing felt out of place, I didn't liked Holly from the beginning, despite I'm childless I was able to put in Debra's shoes and understand her decisions, I really liked Hethear, Uncle Merv and Zach. I'm not an animal lover in real life, but I like it when they are incorporated into stories to give it a light touch. Aria has a secret that is mentioned from the beginning of the book and is the reason why they moved to the other side of the country. I honestly was expecting that Aria's secret would be cliché or something common in teenage books, but I was very surprised, and I liked that it was exposed until the end because that gave more meaning to the development of the story, this is a book that is worth going blind, so I'm going to delve a lot into the main plot.Emmett, Cassie and Aria contributed so much to the story to give shape to this wonderful book that although it develops in the High School, it touches quite strong topics that can be given in any area of ​​society and with which many people can relate. The author's note was something that I did not expect but that gave much more relevance to the book.I would like some Emmet's POV even if it's short and a book about Zach in the future.
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