If It Makes You Happy
If It Makes You Happy
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Annotation: Looking forward to a perfect last summer with loved ones before starting college, a plus-sized teen is forced to confront her fear of the spotlight when she unexpectedly wins a local pageant and is obligated to balance community engagements with her friendships, a new romance and her job at her granny's 1950s-themed diner.
Catalog Number: #192797
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 343 pages
Availability: Out of Stock from Publisher
ISBN: 1-250-19267-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-19267-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018955567
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Winnie is a big, fiery Black girl who loves herself, her family, and her granny's diner in the little town of Misty Haven. For her last summer before college, Winnie goes to work at the diner, and everything in her life seems perfect til she unexpectedly becomes Misty Haven's Summer Queen. Then, her secret crush, Dallas, nominates himself to be Summer King, much to the dismay of Winnie's queerplatonic "ungirlfriend," Kara. As Winnie wrestles with what she wants out of love d life e must overcome her fears and challenge others to view her with the same body positivity with which she views herself. Kann's (Let's Talk about Love, 2018) beautiful sophomore novel is a model for intersectional inclusion done right, exploring and questioning the social labels we place on ourselves and others. With visibility and love given to the asexual community, this character-driven story of a queer, fat Black girl will help fill an unfortunate hole in our bookshelves.
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Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 7-12

Winnie is living her best fat girl life and is on her way to the best place on earth. No, not Disneyland--her Granny's diner, Goldeen's, in the small town of Misty Haven. While there, she works in her fabulous 50's inspired uniform, twirling around the diner floor and earning an obscene amount of tips. With her family and ungirlfriend at her side, she has everything she needs for one last perfect summer before starting college in the fall....until she becomes Misty Haven's Summer Queen in a highly anticipated matchmaking tradition that she wants absolutely nothing to do with. Newly crowned, Winnie is forced to take center stage in photoshoots and a never-ending list of community royal engagements. Almost immediately, she discovers that she's deathly afraid of it all: the spotlight, the obligations, and the way her Merry Haven Summer King, wears his heart, humor, and honesty on his sleeve. Stripped of Goldeen's protective bubble, to salvage her summer Winnie must conquer her fears, defy expectations, and be the best Winnie she knows she can be--regardless of what anyone else thinks of her.


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