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  • When we would walk down the halls together, I felt invincible instead of
    feeling invisible.
    —Roberta
  • It’s kind of weird and kind of awesome all at the same time when you realize you’re less f’d up than somebody else.
    —Annie
  • I had never been in love before, but in my imagination, there was something about love which just felt fair. For everyone.
    —Roberta
  • You need to understand that my life is this delicate balance of what I can’t do and what I definitely can’t do.
    —Mervin
  • I sat with the feeling that we never really know what other people’s lives are like. What hurt they may be experiencing. Or what pain they already know.
    —Roberta
  • Thinking about everything the three of us had shared today, I realized that there is a lot of pain in the world. And I’m not the only one who feels it.
    —Roberta
  • One would think being in this huge body of water, sitting on an inflatable toy raft would feel incredibly unsafe. But the funny thing was; I felt safer here than I did
    back on land.
    —Roberta
  • Live a little.
    You might actually like it.
    —Annie

the most important lessons
aren’t learned in the classroom.

It’s the first day of sophomore year for Roberta Romano, but instead of the comfort of her local high school, she’s been thrust into the elitist embrace of the affluent Meadowbrook Academy.

Surrounded by wealth, Roberta battles her own insecurities, as well as evil teachers and mean girls, to prove her worth and maybe land the boy of her dreams. With the help of two unlikely allies-and an inflatable toy raft-​Robert embarks upon a journey of dark secrets and self-discovery to learn the true meaning of friendship and acceptance.

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  • Heartfelt, funny and exceptionally moving. I love this book and the hope it has for young women everywhere.
    Stephen Chbosky
    Author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Sparkles with heart and humor. Like a teenage Bridget Jones, Roberta Romano will make you laugh, cry and cringe as she tries to navigate her first day at Meadowbrook Academy.
    Siobhan Vivian
    Author of The List, Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference & A Little Friendly Advice
  • Candid, hilarious, and hopeful...will make you laugh, cringe, cry, and cheer for the power of friendships that can change us in a single day.
    Ava Dellaria
    Author of Love Letters to the Dead
  • Tender and real, this story perfectly balances the injustice of adolescence with the life-changing power of friendship.
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    Author of Speak and Wintergirls
  • Hearts are broken, friendships are forged, and secrets are revealed....A solid and promising debut.
    Kirkus Reviews
  • Just when Maccie gets you laughing, this debut novel hits you in the gut, and leaves you with lessons that can't be taught—only lived."
    Anthony Breznican
    Author of Brutal Youth