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Offered several times throughout the year, Big Library Read provides participating OverDrive library and school partners free simultaneous access to a selected title that any reader with a library card or student ID can instantly start reading without holds or waitlists. To help boost engagement, the Big Library Read title is prominently displayed on OverDrive-powered library websites and discoverable through the digital library catalog.

October 13-28: Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

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About the book

From bestselling adult novelist Andrea Portes comes her Young Adult debut: ANATOMY OF A MISFIT (published: 9/2/2014; 9780062313645; Ages 14 up;), an emotionally resonant story that Publishers Weekly raves is “instantly endearing” with a “highly memorable heroine” and voice.

Anika is the third most popular girl in her high school–despite feeling she doesn’t fit in with the popular crowd in her small Nebraskan town. To maintain her social status, Anika does whatever Becky Vilhauser (first most popular girl in school) tells her to do. But when loner Logan McDonough returns from summer vacation hotter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika has a hard time staying away–even when Becky forbids her to date him.

Anika’s glimpse into Logan’s troubled home life only draws her closer, but despite her blossoming feelings, Anika breaks up with him. In an emotionally devastating ending, Anika is left in the wake of tragedy, which leaves her with the revelation that we have only one chance to be true to ourselves, and nothing is more important than listening to your own heart.

ANATOMY OF A MISFIT is based on Andrea Portes’ real-life experiences as a teenager. She will be profiled as a Face of Courage in September for Moms Demand Action, the group lobbying for gun sense reform.

Please note: Contains adult themes and language.

Subject:Romance, Young Adult Fiction

Formats: eBook in Kindle, EPUB, OverDrive Read, and also available in Audiobook

Lending Model: Simultaneous Use for October 13-28, 2014. After the program, your library may purchase the title for one copy/one user lending.

Praise for “Anatomy of a Misfit

A self-deprecating and highly memorable heroine . . . . instantly endearing.” Publishers Weekly STARRED Review

“Anika’s droll voice shines, and her emotions are palpable.” School Library Journal

Included in PopCrush’s “10 Most Anticipated Books for the Rest of 2014.”

About the author

Andrea Portes

Andrea Portes is the bestselling novelist of the critically lauded adult novel, Hick. The book was her debut and has since been made into a feature film starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Alec Baldwin, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, and Juliette Lewis. Bury This, her second novel, was published in January 2014 by Soft Skull Press. Anatomy of a Misfit is her third novel, and her first for young adult readers.

Andrea grew up shuffled around between such disparate locales as Nebraska, Brasília, Texas, Rio de Janiero, Baltimore, North Dakota, California, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. Finally, Andrea was granted relief from this nomadic existence when she was accepted to Bryn Mawr College, where she attended on full scholarship and later graduated cum laude, with a major in English literature. She then earned her Masters in Fine Arts degree from UC San Diego.

After her relentless education, Andrea moved to the neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles, where she spent years mostly getting into trouble. It was in this period of vague nothingness that Andrea penned her debut novel, in longhand in three notebooks. Currently, she lives in the neighborhood of Los Feliz, in Los Angeles.

Click here to to read the exclusive interview with Andrea.