I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL
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 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 her boyfriend 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 I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL:
“A quintessential thinking gal’s love story.” –Kirkus Reviews
“McNeil…toys with the conventions, expectations, and trajectory of a classic romantic comedy to examine stereotypes and the identities we project.” –Publisher’s Weekly
“This witty romance—a mashup of Mean Girls and Meg Cabot’s How to Be Popular—oozes rom-com appeal.” –Booklist
“McNeil takes a formulaic idea and makes it fresh… it points out how every kid, no matter how popular or odd, has a story. VERDICT Fans of contemporary novels, particularly Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, will find this offering very satisfying.” –School Library Journal
“A smart and addictive read! Beatrice is real and flawed and always worth rooting for.” –Julie Murphy, #1 NYT bestselling author of Dumplin
“In I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, Gretchen McNeil deconstructs tropes swiftly, intelligently, and mercilessly. But this is no academic essay or stern thinkpiece; Beatrice’s senior year journey through boys, friendships, makeovers, and family drama made me literally laugh out loud. This is a seriously funny book with some seriously swoony romance.” –Amy Spalding, author of Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)