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Girard, M-E.
New York : Harper Teen, 2016

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Pen’s been one of the guys for years, hanging out and playing video games with her friends Colby and Tristan. She’s struck a balance with them: Colby watches out for her and shields her from bullies, and she acts as Colby’s wingman, introducing him to the girls he likes. This arrangement is challenged when Colby wants to make a move on Blake, a girl that Pen has a crush on, and Pen has to decide whether she’ll choose herself over pleasing Colby. Tensions escalate when Pen’s parents object to the changes she’s making in her life (getting a job, wearing her brother’s clothes, dating a girl) and Pen is again faced with tough choices: following her parents’ strict, traditional ways or manning up and being the person she truly is. Girl Mans Up is an engaging story about the complexities of friendship, family, dating, and selfdiscovery. (Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers 2017-2018 Nominees )

SUBJECTS:     Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Gender identity -- Fiction.
                        Identity -- Fiction.
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