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Author: M-E Girard Narrator: Emma Galvin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9780062642868
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Lambda Literary Award Winner * Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2016 * Children’s Book Council Books Best Book of 2016 * Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Coming-of-Age Novel of 2016 and Best Teen Book of 2016 with Unforgettable Protagonists * Publishers Weekly Fall 2016 Flying Starts * William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist

All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty.

But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth—that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.

Perfect for fans of Meredith Russo, Becky Albertalli, Alex Sanchez, and Jaye Robin Brown!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fierce. Tender. Unstoppable.”

    Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author

  • “There is no sugarcoating in this very real portrayal of an aspect of teen life that many experience. Recommended for fans of YA urban fiction as well as those who prefer grittier LGBTQ lit.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Girard explores questions of family, friendship, loyalty, and identity through the voice of Pen…[She] forcefully conveys the fear Pen lives with, having experienced frequent mockery and bullying, and her courage in aspiring to a safe, loving community for herself and her friends.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A teen faces down hostility, making her own decisions about loyalty, respect, and gender…A strong genderqueer lesbian character, imperfect, independent, and deserving of every cheer.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A powerful book about identity, belonging, and the collision between sexuality and cultural expectations.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “M-E Girard has created a rich character, and narrator Emma Galvin brings Pen’s story to life for the listener…Galvin’s plain-spoken voice will make Pen resonate with the listener as she acts tough on the outside but second-guesses herself on the inside…Girard’s Pen sounds authentic, and Galvin’s narration will have the listener rooting for her.”


  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick for Best Teen Books of 2016
  • Finalist for the YALSA Morris Award for Best Young Adult Debut of 2016

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About the Author

M-E Girard lives just outside Toronto, Canada, where she splits her time between writing YA fiction about badass teen girls and working nights as a pediatric nurse. A 2013 and 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow, M-E is a proud feminist who is endlessly fascinated by the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding the concept of gender.

About the Narrator

Emma Galvin won the 2011 Audie Award for best fiction narration, was a finalist for the Audie Award in 2012, and won six AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, her film appearances include My Suicidal Sweetheart, A Perfect Fit, and The Big Bad Swim. She has performed in several regional theater productions, including Love Punky, The Power of Birds, and The Realm.