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    An important read for people of all ages

    Kathleen has always been an automatic read for me. Whatever she writes, I will read. After every book I’ve read, I’ve always said to myself, “this is the favourite”. That lasts until she writes another book and I say that same phrase about that new book. I just finished Be The Girl and I’m saying it again. This book is my favourite. It’s been asked to not give away any spoilers about the backstory of Aria, and I will honour that request. Just please know that even though this book is listed as YA and is set in a high school, it in no way won’t affect people of all ages. The lessons learned in this amazing story is for anyone to learn. There are some twists in this story that I’ve come to love in Ms Tucker’s books. I thought I had it figured out until the reveal. I loved being surprised in a book and KA knows how to surprise me. A must read for kids and parents.
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    A raw and realistic story for both teens & adults

    Be the girl tells the story of Aria and the world around her as the new girl starting over. Her first friend being Cassie the friendly neighbor who also has autism. Aria has to learn to navigate and understand the social cues that comes with Cassie’s autism as she becomes protective of her new friend. Her second friend just so happens to her other neighbor, Cassie’s brother Emmett, who Aria starts to have feelings for and who also has to have a girlfriend. This story is a real and deep book. It covers so many issues teenagers and adults both struggle with in the modern age of technology and society. Some of the issues that are addressed in this book have been happening for generations and still are. The plot keeps you enthralled all the way to the end. The characters feel very realistic and relatable at times. K.A. Tucker has taken situations that most of us have experienced at least once in our life and others that some of have not. She turned them into a book that I feel all teenagers should read. It faces so much that we go through in high school and even younger. She put so much emotion into Aria’s story that you feel it from the writing. This has to be one of my all-time favorite books of hers. It takes a strong, confident and caring person to write a book this deep and then publish it. This story is a great read and needs to be read. I feel like I understand more about autism and the way it effects a person because of this book. I’m a very empathetic person and I feel this book has made me even more of one. I strongly feel like it is a must read as I’ve said multiple times in this review. I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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    Superb story of the power of love and redemption!

    Once again, K.A. Tucker has delivered an engaging and tender story that has left me smiling through my tears. With Be the Girl, I was fully immersed in this tale of redemption of one young woman's past that she was desperate to put behind her. Aria Jones is starting over with her newly-single mom and it is both daunting and exciting for both of them. Right from the start, I found myself really liking this soon-to-be sixteen year old despite the unknown whys of how she needed to leave her old life behind and start anew. Tucker has this uncanny way of allowing me to fall into step with her characters from the first few pages and with Be the Girl, I was instantly smitten with Aria, her grumpy Uncle Merv, her mom Debra and the 18 year old heartthrob that is Emmett. But it is Cassie, Emmett's younger sister, who continually stole the show with her honesty, her oft-time childlike reactions and the unconditional love in her heart. Cassie's world is on the spectrum and it truly takes a strong person to give her the time and attention she needs in order to fit into a not always patient world. I loved that Aria gave her the true friendship Cassie craved, made her a part of her life and just simply enjoyed her company. It's what Emmett saw in Aria, his AJ, the new girl with a big heart that started the path to their budding romance and Aria's road to vindication. They say actions speak louder than words and in this new reality for Aria, those words were never more relevant. Navigating a new life, a new school, trying hard not to be 'that girl' once again is hard. But she continually takes the high road and I was impressed by her maturity at such a young age. Even as she is caught up in a 'war of sorts' with the detestable Holly, Aria in both her letters to the mysterious Julia and in her chats with her mom, never wavered in her hope that she was always better than the bullies of the world even when she was desperate to fight back. But I loved that she found the courage to continue to do the right thing especially when it meant protecting the innocent soul that was Cassie or the presumed misfits she slowly became closer to at her new school. Her capability for compassion was to be admired and I was very impressed by her desire to be a better person to both man and beast. And it was wonderful that everyone around her noticed, even when admissions of past transgressions were finally revealed and it threatened her newfound existence. Both Aria and Emmett, who in his own right is such a selfless and loving young man, not to mention sexy as hell (!), are simply trying to find the path to a good life and watching as they fall for one another is just another beautiful layer to this potent story. They are quite great together and Aria's understanding of Cassie's needs just makes Emmett adore her more. This coming of age book is both innocent and seasoned. We have in Aria the girl who just wants to do the right thing while she battles a past that doesn't quite want to let go. We have in Emmett the man who is friend to all and protector of those he loves, yet has his faults just like any other teenager. Together with the formidable Cassie and the other well-placed and well-written characters, we get the perfectly imperfect tale of young love and the desire to make things right when they sometimes seem to go horribly wrong. I applaud K.A. Tucker for writing about a tender subject wrt Cassie and her grasp on the world. This is close to her heart and it shows and is presented admirably. I have fallen hard for this book and the people who fill the pages with their hopes, dreams and missteps along their way to happiness. It is simple yet intense. Joyful yet full of anguish. In a word, it is magnificent and worthy of 5+ huge stars.
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    KA doesn’t disappoint!!!

    She is a master of the pen. In this amazing new book KA brings to light a subject that is so vital in today’s world. She has her finger right on the mark. I think this book needs to be on the shelves of every bookstore, public library, school library, and school classroom. You will have all the feels you’ve come to expect from a KA book, however in a totally different way. There’s ups and downs and everything in between.
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    Amazing characters and unexpected twist at the end

    I don't read as much Young Adult novels like I used to, but if one of my favorite authors decided to write one, you know I'll be one of the first ones in line to get a copy. I won't go into the plot of the story, because I think the blurb gives you the perfect insight into the story without spoiling it. I will go into how the story and characters made me feel. The characters were really great and Cassie in my opinion stole the show. She is such a beautiful and innocent person, and I would've loved to meet someone like her in high school (or now). She will always be honest and what you see is what you get with her. And that isn't always the case, and especially in high school people can be absolutely awful. When Aria moves to a new town, Cassie is the first one to adopt her as her new friend. She always can't stop talking about her great big brother Emmett. He was such a great guy and very protective of Cassie. Aria develops a crush on him right away, but who can blame her. I think Be the Girl is a very important book for people to read because it sheds light and creates awareness on certain topics that is very relevant especially with social media. It also show the other side, which I loved. I thought I had this story all figured out, but then the author hit me with a plot twist and left me speechless. This book had me on edge and in tears a couple of times. I do wish the book was longer, or that the last couple of chapters weren't that fast-paced. It left me wanting more, and I kind of want a New Adult sequel. The connection between Aria and Emmett was there, but not enough that I 100% believed in it. But on the other hand, I also kind of liked that because it felt real. They are teenagers and they still have a lot of growing up to do. K.A. Tucker did an amazing job with this book and it was obvious that it was personal to her. I really hope she will write more books in this genre.
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