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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 0
Themes: fidelity, trust, friendship, open relationships, high school sweetheart
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 07/Feb/2017
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The first half of Ella's eleventh-grade year went far worse than she could have ever dreamed. But as summer approaches, things are looking up. She's back together with her brooding boyfriend, Samir, although they both want to keep that a secret. She's best buddies with hockey hottie David and still not entirely sure about making him boyfriend number two. Though part of her wants to conform to high school norms, for rebellious Ella, the temptation to be radical is just too great. And what better way than to challenge the expectations of teenage L.O.V.E?

Managing two secret boyfriends proves harder than Ella expected, especially with everything else going on. She accidently signed up for the school carwash club, her little sister, Kayli, has her own boy trouble, and a job with her art teacher's disabled daughter threatens to make Ella's conscience bite back. But it's her failed attempt to fit in with the spiteful popular girls at school that sends Ella's summer plans careening off course.

When Samir and David face separate family crises, Ella finds herself at the center of an emotional maelstrom she doesn't know how to handle. Someone will get hurt. Someone risks losing the one they truly love. Someone might finally learn that self-serving actions can have public consequences.

And, big surprise, that someone is Ella.

Now in paperback—the sequel to Audacious.

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - February 16, 2017
"The poetry is accessible and refreshingly varied, capturing the many moods of Ella as well as the voice of Marika...and the secondary characters are well drawn enough to be participants in Ella's life rather than mere props. Readers who enjoy this will want to pick up the first one as well."
Booklist - February 1, 2017
"Ella is certainly audacious, capricious, and ultimately resilient as she maturely handles her delicate situation with both boys and reclaims her identity. Prendergast's compilation of various verse styles makes Ella's story approachable and poignant."

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