Everything Must Go

Jenny Fran Davis. Wednesday, $18.99 (416p) ISBN 978-1-250-11976-6
Vintage-fashion queen Flora Goldwasser falls hard and fast for her private-school tutor, photographer Elijah. After agreeing to do some modeling for him in some of her best 1950s outfits (always with her face concealed), she becomes an online fashion sensation as “Miss Tulip.” On a whim, Flora quits her exclusive New York City private school to attend the Quaker “upstate-New-York-hippie-school” where Elijah will be teaching the following year. But he doesn’t show up, and Flora is stuck at the Quare Academy, which promotes organic lifestyles and discourages “shell-speak” (comments about a person’s appearance). Flora struggles to retain her fashion edge in a world of “tattered tunics,” unshaven legs, and kale, and along the way manages to create her own brand of activism. Written through text messages, blog posts, letters, journal entries, and more, Davis’s smart and witty debut captures a girl’s changing attitude and gradual acclimation to a very different environment. Filled with vibrant characters, it balances gentle jabs at pop culture and self-righteousness with thought-provoking ideas about feminist ideals and human frailties. Ages 14–up. Agent: Miriam Altshuler, Defiore and Company. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/14/2017
Release date: 10/03/2017
Genre: Children's
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