"Can you keep a secret?" Betsi asks Presley, who, at age 14, is eager to enter the adult world of beauty, attraction, and romance. But as Presley is about to discover, some secrets should never be revealed. Will the illicit thrill of being a trusted confidante be worth the consequences of guilt by association?
Propelled by the crash of falling idols, The Girl I Wanted to Be is a timeless and true portrait of passion, loss, and hard-won wisdom.
"Presley's voice comes through with a believable mixture of confusion, innocence, and growing wisdom." (Library Journal)
"A family secret forces a gawky teen to grow up quickly [as]....Presley begins to question whom she can trust....and her school friends bail when her problems extend beyond gym class." (Kirkus Reviews)