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Publisher's Summary

From Shannon Hale, best-selling author of Austenland, comes Kind of a Big Deal: a hilarious, madcap story that will suck you in - literally.

There's nothing worse than peaking in high school. Nobody knows that better than Josie Pie.

She was kind of a big deal - she dropped out of high school to be a star! But the bigger you are, the harder you fall. And Josie fell. Hard. Ouch. Broadway dream: dead.

Meanwhile, her life keeps imploding. Best friend: distant. Boyfriend: busy. Mom: not playing with a full deck? Desperate to escape, Josie gets into reading.

Literally. She reads a book and suddenly she's inside it. And with each book, she’s a different character: a post-apocalyptic heroine, the lead in a YA rom-com, a 17th-century wench in a corset.

It’s alarming. But also...kind of amazing?

It’s the perfect way to live out her fantasies. Book after book, Josie the failed star finds a new way to shine. But the longer she stays in a story, the harder it becomes to escape.

Will Josie find a story so good that she just stays forever?

A Macmillan Audio production from Roaring Brook Press

©2020 Shannon Hale (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Enjoyable!

Really enjoyed this book! It fits in the romantic/coming of age genre, but doesn’t feel like a repeat of the same old thing. It’s original and has a funny, lighthearted feel. But at the same time Josie’s problems feel relatable.

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Great coming of age novel

Much of my reading (listening) is “escapist reading.” It helps me deal with the mundane, gives me something to look forward to. Because of that, I felt a real connection with Josie. I felt her anxiety and fears as if they were my own. I loved the growth she made from beginning to end. I love how raw and imperfect the characters were. This may be why some of the reviews aren’t high—it a not a fun breezy read. It deals with real life; disappointment and hurt and fear of failure. But there were some real nuggets of truth and moments of beauty. I just love the appreciation Josie gained for life, it’s ups and it’s downs. Shannon Hale really is a master with this. I will be reading it again.