Ordinary Girls

by Blair Thornburgh

On Sale: 06/04/2019

Ordinary Girls

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Ordinary Girls

by Blair Thornburgh

On Sale: 06/04/2019


About the Book

*A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019*

*A Booklist Editors' Choice for Books for Youth 2019*

Perfect for fans of Sarah Mlynowski and Jenny Han, this heartfelt and humorous contemporary take on Sense and Sensibility follows two sisters—complete opposites—who discover the secrets they’ve been keeping make them more alike than they’d realized.  

For siblings as different as Plum and Ginny, getting on each other’s nerves is par for the course. But when the family’s finances hit a snag, sending chaos through the house in a way only characters from a Jane Austen novel could understand, a distance grows between them like never before.

Plum, a self-described social outcast, finally has something in her life that doesn’t revolve around her dramatic older sister. But what if coming into her own means Plum isn’t there for Ginny when she, struggling with a hard secret of her own, needs her most?

Critical Praise

“The sisters’ relationship—what pulls them apart, what draws them together—is the story’s beating heart. A well-told, universally human tale about teens discovering who they are, where they want to go, and how to get there. Wise, funny, [and a] thoroughly contemporary coming-of-age tale.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The author of Who’s That Girl, Thornburgh offers a story that’s as witty, intelligent, and perceptive as its narrator. A rewarding novel that revolves around change, reflection, and, yes, sisterhood.” — ALA Booklist (starred review)

“A realistic depiction of siblinghood proves deeply dynamic as each falters and grows. Most of all, Thornburgh’s exploration of the power of social comedies and books by and about young women—works often deemed insignificant—shines. A funny, beguiling story of sisterhood, burgeoning self-awareness, and first love.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Thornburgh’s novel offers a charming riff on Sense and Sensibility. Readers will happily lose themselves in the warmly realistic family dynamics, the sisters’ laugh-out-loud banter, and the sweet, low-key romance. A smart, character-driven contemporary novel with a timeless feel. Highly recommended for all collections.” — School Library Journal

“A consistent joy for lovers of well-wroutght, understated prose.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062447814
  • ISBN 10: 0062447815
  • Imprint: HarperTeen
  • On Sale: 06/04/2019
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Siblings
  • BISAC4 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Girls & Women
  • BISAC5 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Class Differences

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