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Dress Codes for Small Towns

Title

Dress Codes for Small Towns

Publisher

HarperTeen

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9780062398512

Pages

352 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

As the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee. But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she’s in love with Woods, Billie’s filled with a nagging sadness as she realizes that she is also in love with Woods…and maybe with Janie Lee, too. Always considered “one of the guys,” Billie doesn’t want anyone slapping a label on her sexuality before she can understand it herself. So she keeps her conflicting feelings to herself, for fear of ruining the group dynamic. Except it’s not just about keeping the peace, it’s about understanding love on her terms—this thing that has always been defined as a boy and a girl falling in love and living happily ever after. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple. Readers will be drawn to Billie as she comes to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and friendship, in this John Hughes-esque exploration of sexual fluidity.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

HL710L

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Separation; Homosexuality; Androgyny; Gender nonconformity; separated parents; separate homes; lesbian; lesbian teenager; bisexual; bisexual teenager; masculine characteristics; gender identity; gender roles

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

multiple

LGBTQ+

questioning female

Awards

Booklist Book Review Stars, 2017; Choices, 2018 Fiction Young Adult; Kirkus Best Teen Books, 2017 Best Contemporary Teen Reads; Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2017; Rainbow List, 2018 Young Adult Fiction; YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2018 Young Adult Fiction; Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction; Golden Kite Award, 2018, Honor, YA/Children's

Keywords

friendship; small town; Christians; the South; fitting in; relationships; questioning; tomboy

Diversity Impact

direct

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