Driving Lessons: Sophomore Year
Abbey Brooks has recovered from her end-of-freshman-year heartbreak and has vowed that this year, her sophomore year at Gila High, will be different in every way. Her to-do list: get her driver’s license, come out to her mom, get (and keep) a girlfriend, and survive another year of basketball. As always, though, nothing goes according to plan. Who will be there for her as her plans start to unravel? Who will bring her back to life after another round of heartache and betrayal? These remain a mystery–even to Abbey.
But one thing is for sure, she’s not confused about who she is. And that is going to make all the difference this time.
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The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year
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Abbey Brooks, Gila High freshman-to-be, never thought a hellish day of shopping at the mall with her best friend Kate could change her life. But when she orders french fries from the flirtatious Hot Dog on a Stick Chick, she gets more than deep-fried potatoes.
Abbey tries to ignore the weird, happy feeling in her gut, but that proves to be as impossible as avoiding the very insistent (and—rumor has it—very lesbian) players on Gila High’s girls’ basketball team. They want freakishly long-legged Abbey to try out, and Abbey doesn’t hate the idea. But Kate made Abbey pinky swear to avoid basketball and to keep away from the you-know-who girls on the team.
Sometimes promises can’t be kept. And sometimes girls in uniform are impossible to resist.
Praise for The You Know Who Girls:
Abbey’s well-rendered narrative voice easily conveys the joy of discovering new friends and the deliciousness of illicit kisses, as well as her fears about her old friends and her mom finding out. The cast, appropriately for the Tuscon setting, is ethnically diverse, and Keeta’s frequent Spanglish comes across as dreamy without being exoticized. –Kirkus Reviews
I sure wish I had gone to high school with The You Know Who Girls! Annameekee Hesik has created smart, sassy, sweaty, sexy characters who tore down the basketball court and leaped into my heart. Readers of all ages will absolutely love this book.
–Lesléa Newman, author of The Reluctant Daughter and Heather Has Two Mommies
The You Know Who Girls is a delightful novel with a diverse cast of characters and a hilarious narrator that is impossible to resist. From the moment Abbey lays eyes on the irresistible Hot Dog on a Stick Chick to the very last page, Annameekee Hesik grips her readers’ attention with her unique coming of age/coming out story that is heartfelt, funny, and a welcome addition to the positive images of lgbt youth. Thank goodness there’s a sequel in the works!
–Ellen Bass, author of Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies
The You Know Who Girls is a slam dunk of a novel. Open its pages and be whisked into a girl-on-girl world chock full of loveable characters and action-packed scenes that are both heartfelt and laugh-out-loud funny. The book is a winner!
–Alex Sanchez, author of Rainbow Boys, Boyfriends with Girlfriends, Bait
It’s not easy to write humorously about lesbian adolescence. It’s a gift and a talent, and Annameekee Hesik, a Santa Cruz teacher and the author of The You Know Who Girls series, has both. –Curve Magazine
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