When Piddy Sanchez hears that â€œYaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass,â€ sheâ€™s stunned. What could she have possibly done at her new high school to anger a girl sheâ€™s never even met? Piddy doesnâ€™t really need this aggravation on top of keeping up her high grade point, working weekends at Salon Corazon and navigating a sexy but strange new relationship with her old neighbor and ex-nemesis Joey Halper. What is Yaquiâ€™s problem with her anyway? Piddy is never sure, but her motherâ€™s best friend Lila has a theory: â€œYouâ€™re going to be better than that, and thatâ€™s what kills her, Piddy. Thatâ€™s what makes her burn with hate. She can already see youâ€™re winning. Youâ€™re going to get an education and use your brainâ€¦Ay, Piddy, one day youâ€™ll be so far away from Parsons Boulevard, youâ€™ll think you dreamed this hellhole.â€ But as the situation escalates from a thrown milk carton in the cafeteria to an actual showdown on the street, Piddy realizes sheâ€™s going to have to do something drastic. But what? Does she dare narc on the meanest girl in school? And what will happen if she does? Friends, I have a new book crush and itâ€™s Piddy Sanchez. Piddyâ€™s heartbreakingly real struggles to extricate herself from Yaquiâ€™s senseless bullying will ring true to anyone whoâ€™s ever been a target, and inspire anyone whoâ€™s ever witnessed bullying to stand up and speak out. The infusion of Latino/a culture and the setting of Queens, New York were especially interesting to this New York reader as I never see enough books featuring characters of color in urban settings where their background isnâ€™t the main focus of the story. Â Get your a** in gear and check this one out of your local public or school library ASAP!
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I read this book twice (loved it!!!) and reviewed it for 2013 PA State Librarians Conference YA session https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/576980005
Teachers and students kept lining up to read it:)