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Be the Girl

Written by: K. A. Tucker
Narrated by: Katie Schorr
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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"A compelling page turner, beautifully told." (Natasha Boyd, USA Today best-selling and award-winning author of Eversea

"Heartfelt, relevant, and incredibly thought-provoking." (Natasha Is a Book Junkie

From the national best-selling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and The Simple Wild comes a poignant coming-of-age story about a girl trying to change her future while evading her past. 

Almost 16-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.

©2019 Kathleen Tucker (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Cyndi Marie
  • 2019-06-01

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This story has such an important message. I went in blind because this is an auto buy author for me and I had no clue it would be such a strong and powerful book. This is a YA so I expected it to be a little childish and filled with annoying drama but it really wasn't. Of course it had drama but the way it is written made it so important. If I had a teenage daughter I would have her read this just for the message. I really liked the characters, especially Cassie. She made this story and Aria's friendship with her shows how much people can learn from their mistakes and change for the better.

The narration was perfect for these characters.

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  • Pam Audio-Fanatic
  • 2019-06-03

Powerful

I loved this book!

I am a sucker for this author she always brings out the feel for me. I never go in thinking I will have a tear and yet when I am done I remember all the other books that came before and how she can bring out all those emotions.

AJ and the Hartford's I can’t even describe how happy my heart was when they all became friends. It was interesting and intriguing and sad at times but high school is like that. In this day and age messages like this book really hit home, for anyone who has children in school with all these social media know exactly how fast it can turn. It can be amazing and wonderful until it’s not.

I loved AJ’s mother and how she did what needed to be done when it needed doing. It wasn’t easy would imagine and trust is something you very much have to earn, and how AJ and her mom forge that trust back well it's sweet and powerful.

I loved the narration I think it was exactly perfect for the age of these characters.

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  • Carissa R.
  • 2019-05-24

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This was a realistic read for me. Although this isn't my usual go to read, KA did a great job with the story. I also liked Katie's narration. I love the cover too!

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  • Magnolia Powers
  • 2019-05-22

Cassie needs a book

I loved this book about Aria and Emmett and the effects of bullying and divorce. Having been bullied as a teen, most of us don’t get the happy ever after but it was nice to hope that our bullies might one day change and become nice, caring people. That being said we need more books like Helen Hoang; romance novels where the main character is autistic. Just because you have autism doesn’t mean you don’t want to be loved too!

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  • Crystal
  • 2019-05-26

Disappointing. Not like her usual standard.

I was hanging out for the release date of this one because k. A. Tucker always seems to deliver quality in each of her stories. Unfortunately I was disappointed with this one. First it felt way too immature compared to her normal writing it felt like it was aimed at 12yr olds to be honest, and maybe it was? But there just wasn't enough of anything substantial to make it a good read I feel like it just missed the mark. It had potential with the storyline but failed to deliver. The audible narration of the male lead was also terrible and there was no palpable chemistry at all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-12

The separation between victim and bully is blurred

The separation between victim and bully is blurred. an important topic for people of all ages.

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  • Alesia Carrico
  • 2019-07-12

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!

LOVED IT! Great story, very real characters and themes! Definitely top on my list of favorites!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-09

Should be a mandatory read in schools

It might be a YA-book but I really enjoyed it. And I really recommend it, especially for teens.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2019-07-04

One of the best YA stories ever written

This story blew me away - one that could have (or should have) an impact on anyone who reads it. Tucker delivered a story full of depth, relatable characters, and rich in emotion. This exceptional storyline will tug at your heart, not only making you think but feel.

"I don’t want to bring attention to myself. Attention breeds whispers and whispers breed rumors, and rumors somehow become facts."

Be The Girl is about empathy and kindness, self-preservation, regret and redemption, friendship and love. This book is more than just Aria's story. It's Cassie's story about raw sincerity because she doesn't know any other way. It's Emmett's story about expecting better from the person you date. It's even Holly's story about acting as a different person just to get someone's attention or affection.

"Any rose can succumb to rot, given the right conditions. But, with enough attention, it can come back better than before."

If there was ever a chance for an author to write pure perfection, Tucker achieved it with this exceptional novel.

As for the narration, Schoor was a perfect selection for this story. I loved how she used the Canadian accent for the characters since the story is set there. I couldn't help but smile every time I heard PROject versus PRAWject!

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  • Diann Gathright
  • 2019-06-28

Excellent

An excellent book about teenagers, their parents, bullying and growing up. Wonderful reminder of young love and decision making.