What Girls Are Made Of

By Elana K. Arnold

An ultimately hopeful story of a girl who is deeply confused and self-destructive, who must confront her own sense of what it means to be a girl, and what it means to give and receive love.

When Nina Faye is 14, her mother tells her that there is no such thing as unconditional love. This warps Nina's understanding of what girls are good for, and at 17, she's willing to do anything emotionally and sexually to keep her boyfriend. He leaves her anyway, perhaps because of her passivity, and it's only through remembering a trip to Rome she made when she was 14, where she saw Christian martyr saints willing to give up their lives for their faith, that she comes to realize how wrong her mother's advice was, and that what girls are made of is more than the sum of their sexual parts and abilities.

  • Masterfully written realistic fiction about a confused girl who must confront her own sense of what it means to be a girl, and what it means to love and be loved.
  • Fairy-tale-like and magical realistic stories about what it means to be a girl are interwoven throughout the narrative.
  • Innovative narrative structure that cycles between two time periods that take place three years apart.

About the author

Elana K. Arnold writes for and about children and teens. Some of her books have been included on the LA Public Library's Best Books of the Year list, the Bank Street Best Book list, the YALSA "Best Fiction for Young Adults" list, have been ALAN picks, and have been selected for inclusion in the Amelia Bloomer Project. Her most recent YA novel, Infandous, won the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. She holds a master's degree in Creative Writing/Fiction from the University of California, Davis. She currently lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals.

ISBN: 9781512410242
Imprint: Carolrhoda Lab – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Dimensions: 140 x 210mm, 208pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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