I'm the Girl: Book summary and reviews of I'm the Girl by Courtney Summers

I'm the Girl

by Courtney Summers

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I'm the Girl by Courtney Summers
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The next searing and groundbreaking queer young adult novel from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Courtney Summers.

All sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis wants is everything, but the poverty and hardship that defines her life has kept her from the beautiful and special things she knows she deserves. When she stumbles upon the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James, Georgia teams up with Ashley's older sister Nora, to find the killer before he strikes again, and their investigation throws Georgia into a glittering world of unimaginable privilege and wealth--and all she's ever dreamed. But behind every dream lurks a nightmare, and Georgia must reconcile her heart's desires with what it really takes to survive. As Ashley's killer closes in and their feelings for one another grow, Georgia and Nora will discover when money, power, and beauty rule, it's not always a matter of who is guilty but who is guiltiest--and the only thing that might save them is each other.

A spiritual successor to the breakout hit Sadie, I'm the Girl is a brutal and illuminating account of how one young woman feels in her body as she struggles to navigate a deadly and predatory power structure while asking readers one question: if this is the way the world is, do you accept it?

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"Summers attentively outlines harsh realities of bodily autonomy, predatory behavior, and sexual violence in this emotionally raw and brutally captivating novel...Summers expertly weaves together drama, mystery, and romance...for an intense look into one girl's wish to be seen as mature, and the powers that manipulate her, in this powerful, ultimately hopeful performance." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Summers' latest masterful thriller takes on the world of wealth and privilege to examine questions of power, predatory behavior, and, ultimately, complicity, and agency...a heartbreaking, brutal, and devastatingly realistic novel." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"From the opening scene, Summers propels readers into an unwavering staring contest with some of the darkest truths the world has to offer young women...A powerful and important story." - School Library Journal (starred review)

"Brutal and bold...a raw and crushing page-turner." - Booklist

"Devastating yet honest...Courtney Summers's eighth YA novel—part murder mystery, part thriller, part queer romance—is a brutal, raw account of truths behind power and privilege." - Shelf Awareness

"Scorchingly smart and on point, Courtney Summers' latest novel advances her even more fearlessly into the conversation about female autonomy, sexuality, and the damage wrought when young women try to win in a system rigged against them. Taut, unfiltered and unapologetically emotional, I'm the Girl digs in its nails and doesn't let go." - Paula McLain, author of When the Stars Go Dark and The Paris Wife

"A lightning bolt of a novel. Courtney Summers delivers a harrowing, hypnotic examination of feminine power, and feminine vulnerability; with unparalleled wit and masterful pacing, she explores the deadly cost of a young woman's desire. I truly could not put this book down." - Danya Kukafka, author of Notes on an Execution

"I'm the Girl is a stunner — tender, raw, and compulsively readable. This is a gutsy novel, one that takes risks and turns toward darkness while maintaining a delicate vulnerability. Courtney Summers writes teenage girls with the complexity they deserve." - Kate Elizabeth Russell, New York Times bestselling author of My Dark Vanessa

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Courtney Summers Author Biography

Courtney Summers is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of several novels for young adults, including Cracked Up to Be, All the Rage and Sadie. Her work has been released to multiple starred reviews, received numerous awards and honors--including the Edgar Award, John Spray Mystery Award, Cybils Award, Odyssey Award, and International Thriller Award--and has been recognized by many library 'Best Of' and Readers' Choice lists. She lives and writes in Canada.

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