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The Resource The girl you thought I was, Rebecca Phillips

The girl you thought I was, Rebecca Phillips

Label
The girl you thought I was
Title
The girl you thought I was
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca Phillips
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
To everyone she meets, Morgan Kemper comes across as sweet, pretty, and put together. But for over a year she's shoplifted countless pieces of clothing and makeup. When she's caught and sentenced to thirty hours of community service, the image Morgan has carefully constructed starts to crumble. Morgan is determined to complete her punishment without her friends discovering the truth. Then she meets Eli, the nephew of the owner of the charity shop where Morgan is volunteering. -- adapted from jacket
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Review
  • Grades 9-12 According to family and friends, junior Morgan Kemper is sweet, smart, and together; however, since her parents split a year ago, she’s secretly been shoplifting. Despite craving the rush that comes with the act, Morgan repeatedly tells herself each time will be the last. Then she’s busted at the mall and sentenced to complete 30 hours of community service over the summer. Morgan believes she can do her time without her friends finding out, but her guilt over the incident grows once she meets Eli, the cute boy who works at the charity store where Morgan volunteers. Suddenly, she’s faced with a tough decision: keep quiet or fess up to her friends, taking her chances that she might be hated. Phillips captures the intensity and thrills of shoplifting, plus the dread of getting caught. Residual anxieties rise throughout the story, and the reader’s heart races with Morgan’s every step of the way. Kleptomania isn’t often covered in YA novels, making this a fresh, compulsive read—and its empathy-inducing protagonist steals the show. -- Fredriksen, Jeanne (Reviewed 6/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 19, p92)
  • A 17-year-old girl knows she shouldn't shoplift, but it's the only way she can cope with the rage. Morgan, a petite redhead, has been furious since her mother left. She loves her dad, but sometimes the anger gets the better of her. That's when she steals: a lip gloss, a bikini, jewelry. Morgan's luck finally runs out when a security guard sees her slip a pair of $185 sunglasses into her purse. Morgan, always one of the good kids, is now an offender, with required community service. For the rest of the summer, Morgan will spend her Saturday mornings at Rita's Reruns, a nonprofit thrift shop. Luckily, Rita is lovely and supportive, if eccentric. And maybe it's a small perk of the job that Rita's nephew, Eli, is smoking hot. Blond, tanned, and fit, Eli's recovering from a disabling hockey injury, and he's super into Morgan. However, Morgan's not willing to let Eli find out about her shoplifting; can she juggle a new relationship, her recovery, and a whole slew of lies? When the inevitable catastrophe comes, at least she's prepared for it. The book follows a white default; main characters are white, and there is some diversity in secondary characters. Morgan, a likable, troubled protagonist, hits all the requisite issue-book beats with a believable and sympathetic journey from self-loathing and crime toward healing. (Fiction. 13-15) (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10676904
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1975-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Phillips, Rebecca
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shoplifting
  • Community service (Punishment)
  • Thrift shops
  • Teenage girls
  • Teenagers
  • Teenage girls
  • Shoplifting
  • Community service (Punishment)
  • High school students
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The girl you thought I was, Rebecca Phillips
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1008980552
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
357 pages
Isbn
9780062570949
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1008980552
Label
The girl you thought I was, Rebecca Phillips
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1008980552
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
357 pages
Isbn
9780062570949
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1008980552

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