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Author: Gillian French Narrator: Caitlin Davies Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9780062682918
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Edgar Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Mystery * A Kirkus Best Book

Raw and moving, this contemporary realistic debut novel will leave readers of E. Lockhart and Gayle Forman breathless as it unflinchingly unfolds the tragic secrets being kept in a small, deceptively idyllic town.

“Gorgeously written and helmed by a protagonist with an indelibly fierce heart." (starred review from Kirkus)

“Keen plotting, evocative writing, and dynamic characterization make French a writer to watch.” (starred review from Booklist)

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss has long held the title of “town slut.” She knows how to have a good time, sure, but she isn’t doing anything all the guys haven’t done. But when you’re a girl with a reputation, every little thing that happens seems to keep people whispering—especially when your ex-best friend goes missing.

But if anyone were to look closer at Darcy, they’d realize there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface. Staying out late, hooking up, and telling lies is what Darcy does to forget. Forget about the mysterious disappearance of her friend. Forget about the dark secret she and her cousin Nell share.

Forget about that hazy Fourth of July night. So when someone in town anonymously nominates Darcy to be in the running for Bay Festival Princess—a cruel act only someone with a score to settle would make—all of the things that Darcy wants to keep hidden threaten to erupt in ways she wasn’t prepared to handle…and isn’t sure if she can.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Touching, funny, and wise, Grit takes you on a journey you’ll remember long after turning the last page.”

    Christian Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Gorgeously written and helmed by a protagonist with an indelibly fierce heart.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Keen plotting, evocative writing, and dynamic characterization make French a writer to watch.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The ending lands an effective punch as seemingly disparate threads join up.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This page-turner will hold the interest of mystery fans…A strong choice for most collections.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Slowly builds in intensity as more pieces of the truth come to light one by one, creating suspense that will keep readers turning pages.”


  • “Tough yet tender, Grit explores new things about the girl everyone thinks they know.”

    Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species

  • Finalist for the 2018 Edgar Award for Best YA Novel
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017 for Teens

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About the Author

Gillian French’s short fiction has appeared in various publications and anthologies. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maine. She lives in Maine with her husband and son.

About the Narrator

Caitlin Davies is a New York City–based actor and audiobook narrator who studied acting at the Eugene O’Neill National Institute, the British American Drama Academy, and the Barrow Group. She specializes in audiobooks for teens and young adults.