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Candace Bushnell, Katie Cotugno team up in the powerful YA novel ‘Rules for Being a Girl’

The best-selling authors have written an engrossing and engaging read, the powerful story of a girl determined to make others look her in the eyes and listen.

Author Candace Bushnell.
Author Candace Bushnell.
Balzer + Bray

In “Rules for Being a Girl” by bestselling authors Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno (Balzer + Bray, $19.99), high school student Marin Lospato becomes the victim of sexual advances by a teacher —the school’s most beloved teacher.

Marin knows that what happened is beyond unacceptable, but she still has to face off with school administrators, classmates and even her best friend, who all seem convinced she made the whole thing up or at least misread the situation.

But Marin refuses to back down until the teacher faces consequences.

As she continues to stand up for herself, she starts to notice the many more ways in which girls at her school are victimized. So she begins speaking out for them, too.

“Rules for Being a Girl” is an engrossing and engaging read, filled with dynamic characters that will keep readers wanting more. It’s a powerful story of a girl determined to make others look her in the eyes and listen.