MLA Platinum Award Press Release

Excerpt from The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed, plus links to reviews, author biography & more

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reading Guide |  Reviews |  Beyond the Book |  Readalikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

The Nowhere Girls

by Amy Reed

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed X
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

  • First Published:
    Oct 2017, 416 pages
    Paperback:
    Jul 2019, 432 pages

    Genres

  • Rate this book


Book Reviewed by:
Cynthia C. Scott
Buy This Book

About this Book

Print Excerpt


Rosina cringes at the memory. Never has a girl made her feel so un-Rosina-like. Never has she felt so bumbling. She thinks of the stupid expression "weak in the knees," how she always thought of it as some gooey romantic nonsense, but now she realizes she has experienced scientific proof that it's a real physical condition, and she hates herself for being such a cliché, for having such a crush, for being such a girl about it.

She pedals hard, hoping the burn in her legs will wipe away this unsettling feeling of wanting something, wanting someone, she knows she cannot have. Even on her bike, riding as fast as she can, Rosina still feels caged, trapped. She can't ride to Eugene. She certainly can't ride to Portland. All she can do is wander around the streets of this tired old town, looking for something new. Sometimes after a rain there are sidewalks full of half-drowned worms. Sometimes lost mail. The usual empty bottles and candy wrappers, receipts, a couple of crumpled-up shopping lists. Roadkill. The only new things in this town are trash.

Rosina races through the streets of Prescott, an eternal loner, the only brown girl in town who doesn't hang out with the other brown girls, as if she's trying to stand out on purpose, her spiky black hair snaking through the air, earbuds in her ears, listening to those wild women that made music in towns and cities so close to here but practically a whole generation ago, those brave girls with boots and electric guitars, singing with voices made out of moss and rocks and rainstorms. Relics, artifacts. Everything worth anything happened a long time ago when new really meant new.

Why does she always end up on this street? There's nothing here but cookie-cutter houses that were new in the fifties, a few scraggly trees, small front lawns with browning grass. This street isn't on the way to anywhere Rosina wants to go. It's not on the way to anywhere.

But there it is. The house. Lucy Moynihan's house. Faded white paint peeling like on every other house. From the outside, it's nothing special. It housed a girl Rosina barely knew. It's been empty all summer. It shouldn't matter. It doesn't. So why does she keep coming back here? As if it's calling her. As if, even though Lucy's long gone, she's not done with this town quite yet.

But the house isn't empty now. Not anymore.

If Rosina hadn't already been staring, she probably never would have noticed the plain, chubby white girl reading on the front porch. There isn't much about the girl that makes her stand out from the side of the house. She is off-white against off-white. She has the kind of soft, undefined face you don't remember. But she's new, and that's something. That's more than something.

"Hey!" Rosina calls, screeching to a halt on her bike.

The girl jumps. Rosina thinks she hears a mouselike squeak.

"Who are you?" Rosina says as she kicks open her kickstand. "You just moved here?" she says as she walks up the cracked footpath. "This is your house now?"

"Um, hi?" the girl says, setting her book down, a mediocre fantasy novel. She brushes limp, dirty blond bangs out of her eyes, but they fall right back to where they were.

"I'm Rosina," Rosina says, thrusting her hand out for a shake.

"Grace."

Grace's hand is limp and slightly moist in Rosina's tight grip. "What year are you? You look like a sophomore."

"Junior."

"Me too."

"I'm going to Prescott High."

"Yeah, that's kind of the only option here." Rosina does nothing to hide the fact that she's sizing the new girl up. "Your accent is hilarious. You're like a cartoon character or something."

Grace opens her mouth, but nothing comes out.

"Sorry, that sounded rude, didn't it?" Rosina says.

Excerpted from The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed. Copyright © 2017 by Amy Reed. Excerpted by permission of Simon Pulse. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" articles
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $12 for 3 months or $39 for a year
  • More about membership!

Beyond the Book:
  Real-Life Nowhere Girls

Support BookBrowse

Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten.

Join Now!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: Tokyo Ueno Station
    Tokyo Ueno Station
    by Yu Miri
    Kazu is a ghost, seemingly condemned to haunt one of Japan's busiest train stations, the grounds of ...
  • Book Jacket
    Delayed Rays of a Star
    by Amanda Lee Koe
    Amanda Lee Koe's Delayed Rays of a Star begins with a late-1920s photo of three women at a party in ...
  • Book Jacket: Sleepovers
    Sleepovers
    by Ashleigh Bryant Phillips
    In Ashleigh Bryant Phillips' debut story collection, Sleepovers, it can be difficult to keep tabs on...
  • Book Jacket
    The Beekeeper of Aleppo
    by Christy Lefteri
    In Christy Lefteri's sophomore novel, The Beekeeper of Aleppo, the author introduces readers to ...

Readers Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    The Voyage of the Morning Light
    by Marina Endicott

    A sweeping novel set aboard a merchant ship sailing through the South Pacific in 1912.
    Reader Reviews

Book Club Discussion
Book Jacket
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
by Christy Lefteri

This moving, intimate, and beautifully written novel puts human faces on the Syrian war.

About the book
Join the discussion!
Book Club Giveaway!
Win The Wedding Thief

The Wedding Thief
by Mary Simses

Funny, soulful, and as sweet as buttercream, The Wedding Thief is the perfect summer read.

Enter

Wordplay

Solve this clue:

A S Louder T W

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.