Published by Amulet Books
Publication Date: May 15th 2018
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After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has been hacked and she’s being framed for stealing from a dealer, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a drug ring lurking in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. If she wants to repair her tattered reputation and save her neck, she’ll have to decide who she really is—and own it. The longer she plays the role of “bad girl,” the more she becomes her new reputation. Friends and enemies, detectives and drug dealers—no one is who they appear to be. Least of all Kendall.
When I was writing THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL, it functioned for me as a kind of rant; an angry kick to the patriarchy’s groin. I was angry that seventh-grade girls were getting sent home from for daring to wear leggings; angry that anyone who reported assault to the authorities would be required to answer questions about their behavior; angry that girls could do everything “right” and still lose.
Kendall, at the beginning of her story, is angry, too—she just doesn’t know it yet. And more, she doesn’t know how to use it. It took me time to learn that, too. I’m still learning. You don’t get to stop learning how to be a person, even if you’ve graduated high school.
Being a bad girl can be a powerful state of mind. THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL is about one epic girl’s journey to that knowledge. I hope you have fun going with her.
*~~About the Author~~*
Maxine Kaplan was born in Washington, DC. She and her twin sister spent their early childhoods trotting behind their journalist parents as they traveled around the world, eventually settling in Brooklyn, NY. Maxine graduated from Oberlin College in 2007. Following a long stint in the world of publishing, she has worked as a private investigator since 2009. She lives in her adopted hometown of Brooklyn, NY, with her lovely husband and complex cat. THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL is her debut novel. Follow Maxine on Twitter @MaxineGKaplan
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