A Novel of Prose and Cons

by Sellet, Amanda

In this clever and charming YA romantic comedy a teen uses advice from classic literature to guide her friends away from scoundrels--only to fall in love with the school's "bad boy" herself.

As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter-Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women. So when a girl at her new high school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, Mary is better at dishing out advice than taking it. The number one bad boy on her list is the same boy she can't help but fall in love with. As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn't follow the same rules as fiction. If she wants a happy ending in real life, she'll have to write it herself.

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A sweet story with a focus on family and friendships.

Quote: Kirkus Reviews

In this refreshing first novel, Sellet manages the large cast of characters well, while portraying the protagonist's big family, her small circle of friends, and her first romance with considerable wit and insight. As Mary struggles with the practical and emotional troubles arising from her many mistakes, her rueful, self-deprecating narrative is sometimes impossible to read without laughing out loud. A smart, engaging romance. (starred review)

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