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The Accidental Bad Girl
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The Accidental Bad Girl
After getting caught hooking up with her best friend's ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But...
After getting caught hooking up with her best friend's ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But...
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  • After getting caught hooking up with her best friend's ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has been hacked and she's being framed for stealing from a dealer, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a drug ring lurking in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. If she wants to repair her tattered reputation and save her neck, she'll have to decide who she really is—and own it. The longer she plays the role of "bad girl," the more she becomes her new reputation. Friends and enemies, detectives and drug dealers—no one is who they appear to be. Least of all Kendall.

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  • Maxine Kaplan was born in Washington, DC, and now lives in Brooklyn. She studied English and political science at Oberlin College and held a variety of positions in the publishing world before landing at her current job as a private investigator. The Accidental Bad Girl is her first novel.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from March 19, 2018
    After getting caught with her best friend’s ex-boyfriend, Grant Powers, 17-year-old Kendall Evans starts her senior year at Brooklyn’s private Howell Preparatory School branded as a “slut.” Her best friend, Audrey Khalil, won’t speak to her, while Grant is unscathed by the scandal. Kendall plans to keep her head down until she can escape to Rice University’s accelerated astrophysics senior semester program, but she’s wrongly accused of stealing “doses” from drug dealer Mason Frye. With help from fellow outcast Simone Moody and theater geek Michael “Gilly” Gilbert, Kendall sets out to clear her name and discovers that her inner “bad girl” may not be so bad after all. Kaplan’s sharply written, twisty thriller, narrated by the savvy Kendall, deftly explores the shades of gray between “good” and “bad” and the freedom of self-acceptance and shines a light on issues such as rape culture, bullying, and enduring sexual double standards. This love letter to any girl who’s ever been labeled “bad” will enthrall readers. Ages 14–up. Agent: Ali McDonald, the Rights Factory.

  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2018

    Gr 9 Up-Kendall used to be a "good girl"-an honors student, math and science wiz, and a member of a trio of "it" girls at Howell Preparatory, an elite school attended by Brooklyn's upper echelon. Responsible, attractive, smart, and self-sufficient are all adjectives that would've been used to describe her prior to the day she got "caught" with her best friend's ex-boyfriend at the end of her junior year. Ostracized, Kendall starts senior year counting down the days until graduation. Just as she is beginning to settle into what she believes will be a year of scornful isolation, she is attacked by a mysterious girl in the school bathroom. To add insult to injury, someone has hacked her Facebook page, and Kendall suddenly is framed for stealing from a drug dealer. Blackmailed into partnering with the dealer to deliver drugs until she can prove her innocence, the protagonist embraces her "bad girl" facade in a wayward attempt to salvage her fractured reputation. This is a simmering, angsty take on the whodunit genre. Kendall introspectively wears the "bad girl" mask while grappling with what it means to be one. The delineation between good and bad characters is blurred, which makes for a great read and lively discussions about decision making and choices. Kaplan cleverly addresses sexuality, gender bias, identity, and rape culture in this page turner that is classic YA mystery with an undercurrent of sex-positive feminism. VERDICT Recommended for school and public libraries serving older teens.-Tamela Chambers, Chicago Public Schools, IL

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    March 1, 2018
    A once-popular prep school girl, blackmailed into working for a drug dealer, sleuths out the true criminals.Kendall was once a member of the popular clique of mean girls, until she was caught having sex with her best friend's ex at the end of junior year. Nobody blames Grant for the semi-public sex, but Kendall starts senior year ostracized: Her friends have shut her out, she's being slut-shamed, and she's even physically attacked at school. Someone's hacked her Facebook account, making it look like she's been spending time with a drug dealer. Mason, the young white man who provides Ecstasy to local teens, improbably blackmails Kendall into delivering his drugs. As the wealthy white girl encounters careless malevolence throughout her community, she rages against gender-biased social standards. The boys--college bros, dealers, nerds--all share a sense of entitlement when it comes to the girls' bodies and behavior. Kendall begins by looking out for No. 1, but as she discovers her part in something far more vile than delivering Ecstasy, she considers putting herself on the line to do what's right. Ultimately, the girls, while never holding hands and singing "Kumbaya," do come together to fight against rape culture.Genuine high school drama, painfully inspiring for the #MeToo age. (Fiction. 14-18)

    COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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