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I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Hardcover)

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From acclaimed author Gretchen McNeil comes her first realistic contemporary romance—perfect for fans of Kody Keplinger’s The Duff and Morgan Matson’s Since You've Been Gone.

Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She's starting senior year at the top of her class, she’s a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she’s got a new boyfriend she’s crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.

So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend Jesse dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it's time to use The Formula for herself. She'll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win Jesse back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.

Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn't all it's cracked up to be, and “Trixie” is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity and fix everything she's messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?

Praise For…


“A quintessential thinking gal’s love story.”

“McNeil...toys with the conventions, expectations, and trajectory of a classic romantic comedy to examine stereotypes and the identities we project.”

“A smart and addictive read! Beatrice is real and flawed and always worth rooting for.”

“A touch of romance with lots of teen angst will make this title a hit with young adult readers”

“High-energy silliness with a soupçon of genuine heart, this will please fans of the rom-com.”

“This witty romance-a mashup of Mean Girls and Meg Cabot’s How to Be Popular (2006)-oozes rom-com appeal.”

“Fans of contemporary novels, particularly Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, will find this offering very satisfying.”

Praise for GET DIRTY: “Fans of the first book will appreciate the fast pace and light tone”

Praise for GET EVEN: “GET EVEN expertly mixes suspense and snark, proving once again that Gretchen McNeil is a master of the teen thriller.”

Praise for GET EVEN: “Don’t get mad, get reading this wild ride filled with twists and turns, revenge and romance, suspense and Shakespeare. I can’t wait to see what Gretchen McNeil comes up with next.”

Praise for GET EVEN: “Get Even is an edge-of-your-seat, sink-your-teeth-into-it mystery filled with vivd, intriguing characters and set against the ruthless landscape of a modern high school. I’m dying for the next book!”

Praise for GET EVEN: “A compelling contemporary thriller”

Praise for GET EVEN: “The suspense that McNeil (Ten) builds should keep readers curious to discover what happens next.”

Praise for GET EVEN: “Will engage readers.”

Praise for 3:59: “McNeil’s movie-quick setup speed and humorously inventive language...make her a very welcoming author who succeeds at injecting fresh verve into some stalwart sci-fi concepts.”

Praise for 3:59: “This book is scientifically action-packed, complete with monsters and drama. Teens who are fans of the ever-popular Dr. Who television series will love this book.”

Praise for TEN: “A breathless read.”

Praise for TEN: “In the esteemed tradition of teen horror fiction, TEN hits all the high notes: a stormy night, illicit liaisons, cut phone lines, suspicious disappearances, double-crosses, secret histories, and plenty of twists.”

Praise for TEN: “Agatha Christie meets Gossip Girl in McNeil’s throwback to old-school thrillers.”

Praise for TEN: “A quick-paced thriller full of half-facts and red herrings that take readers through the twists and turns of a deadly weekend.”

Praise for TEN: “Gretchen McNeil’s TEN is my new number one! I jumped at every creaking floorboard in my house and on the page. This is sure to be a teen thriller classic!”

Praise for TEN: “TEN is a real page turner! Gretchen McNeil knows how to plot a thriller: Her setup is flawless and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat.”

Praise for POSSESS: “A fantastic YA debut …. the humor and occasional twists will keep fans of the genre hooked and wanting to finish this book in one sitting.”

Praise for POSSESS: “McNeil strikes a fine balance between outright scares and sarcastic humor…[a] light, entertaining read.”

Praise for POSSESS: “With demons, secrets, and a butt-kicking heroine, POSSESS is a whole lotta dark and twisted fun!”

Praise for POSSESS: “A dark, unique, and intelligent novel with frightening twists around every corner that left me breathless.”


Product Details
ISBN: 9780062409119
ISBN-10: 0062409115
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 18th, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English