Synopses & Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Aggie Winchester couldn't care less about who's elected prom queen-even if it's her pregnant Goth-girl best friend, Sylvia Ness. Aggie's got bigger things to worry about, like whether or not her ex-boyfriend wants to get back together and whether her mom will survive cancer.
But like it or not, Aggie soon finds herself in the middle of an unfolding prom scandal, largely because her mom, who is the school's principal, is rumored to have burned prom ballots so Sylvia won't be elected queen. Aggie's own investigation makes her wonder if the election could be dirty on both sides.
"One of Zielin's strengths as a writer is that she really 'gets' teens: their voices, angst, and insecurities. Another is that she's not afraid to throw her protagonists into no-win situations and watch them claw their way out. Aggie Winchester, a junior and self-professed goth, thoroughly resents her mother who is also the principal of Aggie's high school, which fuels her rebellious, self-destructive behavior. But then Aggie's best friend, Sylvia, gets pregnant and is nominated for prom queen, an old boyfriend rears his gorgeous but devious head, and Aggie discovers that her mother has breast cancer. Though Aggie is not always a lovable main character, Zielin (Donut Days) keeps her real and honest. As Aggie heads ever deeper into the hole she's dug for herself, she grapples with some tough choices. Should she have sex with her old boyfriend to get him back? Should she rat on Sylvia, who may have rigged the prom queen election? How can she make her mother actually listen to her? For teens confronting similar questions, Aggie's realistically bumpy journey will be welcome, timely, and thoroughly satisfying. Ages 14 up. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Lara Zielin, author of the critically acclaimed Donut Days, a Texas Lone Star Reading List Pick, lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.