Grit: A Novel by Gillian FrenchGrit: A Novel by Gillian French

Grit: A Novel

byGillian French

Hardcover | May 16, 2017

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Edgar Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Mystery * A Kirkus Best Book

Raw and moving, this contemporary realistic debut novel will leave readers of E. Lockhart and Gayle Forman breathless as it unflinchingly unfolds the tragic secrets being kept in a small, deceptively idyllic town.

“Gorgeously written and helmed by a protagonist with an indelibly fierce heart." (starred review from Kirkus)

“Keen plotting, evocative writing, and dynamic characterization make French a writer to watch.” (starred review from Booklist)

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss has long held the title of “town slut.” She knows how to have a good time, sure, but she isn’t doing anything all the guys haven’t done. But when you’re a girl with a reputation, every little thing that happens seems to keep people whispering—especially when your ex-best friend goes missing.

But if anyone were to look closer at Darcy, they’d realize there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface. Staying out late, hooking up, and telling lies is what Darcy does to forget. Forget about the mysterious disappearance of her friend. Forget about the dark secret she and her cousin Nell share.

Forget about that hazy Fourth of July night. So when someone in town anonymously nominates Darcy to be in the running for Bay Festival Princess—a cruel act only someone with a score to settle would make—all of the things that Darcy wants to keep hidden threaten to erupt in ways she wasn’t prepared to handle…and isn’t sure if she can.

Title:Grit: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.01 inPublished:May 16, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062642553

ISBN - 13:9780062642554


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as I hoped. I noticed right away that this story was going to be different than I what I had gathered from the synopsis. It turned out to be less a mystery and more of a character and small-town study. I really liked Darcy. She's definitely not the most likable protagonist but she doesn't take shit from anybody and she recognizes that she's a flawed person. She reminded me of some of my other messed up but beloved characters, like Maise from Unteachable . Her fierceness to protect and take care of her sister and cousin was something that I really admired. The writing kept me engaged, and I ended up finishing this book in a single day, but there were too many different plots happening at once, with some of them really not needing to be there. The Bay Festival Princess pageant is an example.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh It was just okay. I felt like it was drawn out and took a while to get to the point.
Date published: 2017-10-08

Editorial Reviews

“Gripping. Complex but patient plotting and evocative prose elevate this moody coming-of-age novel.”