Misfit Tally is forced to room with queen bee Ava on the seventh grade field trip to Washington, DC, and discovers several surprising things about her roommate—including the possibility of an eating disorder—in this timely new novel from the author of Star-Crossed and Halfway Normal.

During a class trip to DC, twelve-year-old Tally and her best friends, Sonnet and Caleb (a.k.a. Spider) are less than thrilled when they are assigned roommates and are paired with kids who are essentially their sworn enemies. For Tally, rooming with “clonegirl” Ava Seely feels like punishment, rather than potential for fun.

But the trip is full of surprises. Despite a pact to stick together as much as they can, Sonnet pulls away, and spider befriends Marco, the boy who tormented him last year. And Marco just might “like” Tally—what’s that about?

But the uneasy peace in Ava and Tally’s room is quickly upended when Tally begins to suspect something is off about Ava. She has a weird notebook full of random numbers, and doesn’t seem to eat anything during meals. When Tally confronts Ava, Ava threatens to share an embarrassing picture of Tally with the class if Tally says anything to anyone about her suspicions. But will Tally endanger more than her pride by keeping her secret?

This is one class trip full of lessons Tally will never forget: how to stay true to yourself, how to love yourself and embrace your flaws, and how being a good friend can actually mean telling a secret you promised to keep…
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on June 19, 2018 by Aladdin
ISBN-10: 1534405070
ISBN-13: 9781534405073
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  • dolphinsummer
    dolphinsummerSaturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:37 pm
    I was hunting in my town library for a good realistic fiction read and I came across. This so far is an outstanding book. I really want to know what happens next.
    • slytherinfan
      slytherinfanWednesday, September 12, 2018 at 2:07 pm
      Wow mysteryturtle24! That's a lengthy paragraph you just wrote!
      • mysteryturtle24
        mysteryturtle24Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 6:43 am44 starsFeatured
        I found this book in the new section of my school library, like a lot of the books I read. It started with the quite unique character of Talia "Tally", the girl who wears ringtail lemur necklaces and Save the Squids tees, with her friends Sonnet and Caleb, "Spider". The best part of the story was definitely Ava, head "clonegirl", who has anorexia, an eating disorder. She exercises all the time and almost ever eats, which Tally gets really worried about. Then, Ava threatened to blackmail Tally if she told anyone. This book is a great look at eating disorders, which are way more common than you might think, and friendships in the midst of middle school. I recommend this book for all middle-grade readers.

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