Nomination: Girl Mans Up

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Girard, M-E. Girl Mans Up. 2016. 373p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062404176). Gr. 9 -up.

Pen Oliveira just wants to be herself. When her friends and family begin questioning her identity, Pen begins to reconsider the loyalty and respect she has unfailingly given to her friends and family. Pen meets and falls for cute Blake, defying the demands of her best buddy, Colby. She also befriends Olivia, Colby’s ex, supporting her through an abortion. At the same time she struggles to find her place and reconcile her identity within her traditional Portuguese family.

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