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40 Things I Want to Tell You

Alice Kuipers' young adult novel is about a teen girl who seems to have the perfect life until she starts spending time with the new boy in town.

Alice Kuipers

Bird is the most pulled-together teenager ever. She's got it so together she even writes an advice column for other teens. But when a new boy shows up in town, Bird's world is turned upside down. Pete is as bad as Bird is good, as wild as Bird is conservative. Is her attraction to Pete going cause her world to fall apart?

40 Things I Want to Tell You is for readers ages 14 and up.

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From the book

TOP TIP 13: YOU DON'T ALWAYS KNOW YOURSELF AS WELL AS YOU THINK YOU DO

I finished up with my homework and lay on my bed. I tried to read but I couldn't concentrate on the T.S. Eliot poem assigned to us. I lay awake watching the moonlight falling like feathers into my room, and eventually I drifted into a drowsy, uncomfortable sleep. Images of Pete pulling me to the ground flashed through complicated dreams of Griffin yelling at me, his mother pressed against a window, screaming.

Suddenly, I knew.

I woke up in a cold sweat.

I couldn't believe I hadn't realized.

With everything going on, I hadn't noticed.

It was no excuse.

I'd been so stupid.

But it couldn't be true, it couldn't have happened to me, not to me.

Not. To. Me.

TOP TIP 14: THE TRUTH COMES OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.


From 40 Things I Want to Tell You by Alice Kuipers ©2012. Published by HarperCollins Canada.

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