Synopses & Reviews
With frizzy orange hair, a plus-sized body, sarcastic demeanor, and "unique learning profile," Danielle Levine doesn't fit in even at her alternative high school. While navigating her doomed social life, she writes scathing, self-aware, and sometimes downright raunchy essays for English class. As a result of her unfiltered writing style, she is forced to see the school psychologist and enroll in a "social skills" class. But when she meets Daniel, another social misfit who is obsessed with the cult classic film The Big Lebowski, Danielle's resolve to keep everyone at arm's length starts to crumble.
"Senior year is starting, but Danielle Levine isn't looking forward to it. Even though everyone at her school has a learning disability, it's still divided into cool kids and outcasts, and Danielle with her flaming red hair, nonwaiflike physique, OCD, and penchant for hats is in the second camp. Things get worse when she's forced to see the school psychologist and attend a social skills class. Vaughn structures her debut as a combination of Danielle's diary entries, e-mails, and the essays (usually autobiographical) she writes for English class. These give readers a rich stream of information about Danielle's attempt to face both the horrors of high school and the actual horror she's endured. Information about the latter comes out slowly, which works, since Danielle has organized her life around keeping it hidden. Vaughn skillfully shows how making an actual friend and being introduced to the model of The Big Lebowski's Dude (and his ability to 'abide') contribute to Danielle's upturn. Her problems don't go away, but her perspective on them and ability to cope shifts and improves. Ages 14 up. Agent: Amy Burkhardt, Kimberley Cameron & Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
There are good books, and there are great books, and then there are books with characters youll never forget. Vaughns debut about a high school senior whose struggle to fit in is compounded by the social quirks associated with her OCD is definitely one of those rare finds...A must-read. Kirkus
Vaughn structures her debut as a combination of Danielles diary entries, e-mails, and the essays she writes for English class. Vaughn skillfully shows how making an actual friend and being introduced to the model of The Big Lebowskis Dude (and his ability to “abide”) contribute to Danielles upturn. Her problems dont go away, but her perspective on them and ability to cope shifts and improves. Publishers Weekly
Vaughn employs various mediums such as emails, English essays, and letters to structure the plot of this novel. This literary style creates a multidimensional view of Danielle and humanizes obsessive-compulsive disorder. This novel would be a great addition to any classroom or library because adolescents will learn about perseverance from a typical teenager who has a unique way of viewing and interacting with world. VOYA
With a touch of humor and sarcasm throughout, this one is sure to find an appreciative audience. School Library Journal, starred review
About the Author
Lauren Roedy Vaughn is an award-winning educator who has spent twenty years teaching English to high school students with language-based learning disabilities. Lauren lives with her husband in Los Angeles, where she is an avid yogini and Big Lebowski nut.