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In the Role of Brie Hutchens...

Written by: Nicole Melleby
Narrated by: Lori Gardner
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Introducing Brie Hutchens: soap opera superfan, aspiring actor, and so-so student at her small Catholic school. Brie has big plans for eighth grade. She’s going to be the star of the school play and convince her parents to let her go to the performing arts high school. But when Brie’s mom walks in on her accidentally looking at some possibly inappropriate photos of her favorite actress, Brie panics and blurts out that she’s been chosen to crown the Mary statue during her school’s May Crowning ceremony. Brie’s mom is distracted with pride - but Brie’s in big trouble: She has not been chosen. No one has, yet. Worse, Brie has almost no chance to get the job, which always goes to a top student.

Desperate to make her lie become truth, Brie turns to Kennedy, the girl everyone expects to crown Mary. But sometimes just looking at Kennedy gives Brie butterflies. Juggling her confusing feelings with the rapidly approaching May Crowning, not to mention her hilarious non-star turn in the school play, Brie navigates truth and lies, expectations and identity, and how to - finally - make her mother really see her as she is.

©2020 Nicole Melleby (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • Christy Shubert
  • 09-06-22

Great coming of age story from an LGBTQA+ perspective!

As the mother of a gay teenage daughter, I can’t express how happy I am to see a coming of age book that fully represents her and the the LGBTQA+ community so thoughtful and with such emotion! There are so many trials for the main character, Brie, and so many tough emotions for all of the characters to navigate. These difficult times create a great opportunity for growth and development of her personal character, as well as those around her. This book acknowledges many (though certainly not all) of the trials faced by teens struggling to “come out” and figuring out what that all means. If I could speak directly to the author, I would say “Thank you for giving this subject representation and for being a literary voice for my daughter and others like her!”