Synopses & Reviews
Having left behind the melodrama of her solitary high school daysand the beheaded martyrs in her paintings Ellie arrives at the New England College of Art and Design. Looking forward to the opportunity to recreate herself and her art, she begins her first day by dirty dancing with the Devil. Then she makes out with him. Ellie soon learns a lot about herself in this story about independence, trust, and boys.
"With honesty, wit, and a wild first-person narrative, this first novel breaks boundaries in YA fiction with a story about college freshman Ellie Yelinsky and her search for art, love, sex, and meaning." Booklist, starred Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"Readers will enjoy the presentation of a strong female who puts finding herself and moving ahead with her talent ahead of maintaining a false pretense to her boyfriend or to the professor who is unwilling to acknowledge the dedication and improvement she has shown." SLJ School Library Journal
Having removed the overly dramatic makeup of her solitary high school days, Ellie looks forward to recreating herself and her art. Arriving alone for winter session at the New England College of Art and Design, Ellie finds the ideal opportunity. In her first days she begins dirty dancing with the Devil. Then she makes out with him. A story about independence, trust, and boys.
About the Author
Hillary Frank is a freelance writer and artist. She has an MFA in drawing from the New York Academy of Art and has been a contributor to Public Radio International"s This American Life since June 1999. In 1998 she won the short short fiction contest sponsored by The Connection on WBUR, and in 1989 she was the national grand prize winner of the Binney and Smith Crayola Competition, placing first out of 30,000 entries. This is her first novel for teens.