That's what I am. A funny girl. A friend. Nobody's girlfriend. The girl with the pretty face.
Hayley wishes she could love living in Santa Monica, blocks from the beach, where every day—and everybody—is beautiful and sunny. But she just doesn't fit in with all the blond, superskinny Southern California girls who have their plastic surgeons on speed dial. Hayley is smart and witty and has such a pretty . . . face. Translation: Don't even think about putting on a bikini, much less dating superhot Drew Wyler. A bikini will never be flattering, and Drew will never think of her as more than a friend.
Just when Hayley feels doomed to live her life in the fat lane, her parents decide to send her to Italy for the summer—not for school, not for fat camp, just for fun. It's there, under the Italian sun, that Hayley's vision of herself starts to change. She's curvy, not fat. Pizza isn't evil. And life is so much more than one-size-fits-all. Who knows? Once Hayley sees herself in a new light, maybe the girl with the pretty face will finally find true amore.
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Mary Hogan grew up near the beaches of Southern California (Bikinis! Aargh!), but currently lives in New York City with her husband, Bob, and their dog, Axel. She is the author of Perfect Girl, The Serious Kiss, Susanna Sees Stars, and Susanna Hits Hollywood.From Booklist:
Every girl who’s been overweight will identify with 16-year-old Haley. She is a stereotype writ large: cute face, smart, funny, a friend to the boy she has a crush on. Oh, yes, and she is unhappy. Very unhappy. Then her mother hits on the idea of sending Haley off to Italy for the summer to stay with her college roommate and her family. Italy is all that Haley wanted and more—the more being a young Italian, Enzo, who loves Haley for the (albeit somewhat slimmer) person she is. If the first part of the book is based on familiarity, the last is pure romance. Hogan does both dialogue and description equally well, opening the way for readers to laugh at Haley’s wry observations and be enchanted by the Italian countryside and the town of Assisi, which becomes almost a character in the book. Haley and Enzo lose their virginity to each other in a scene that’s not so much sexy as it is fumblingly romantic. A hopeful book, this puts power back in the hands of a girl who hated the sunshine of her native Santa Monica but basks in the Italian glow. Grades 10-12. --Ilene Cooper
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Book Description HarperTeen, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110060841133
Book Description HarperTeen, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060841133