Guest Author: Claire Hennessy
A Message from Claire
Look at the shiny cover! I’m so excited to be working with Hot Key Books again for my new YA novel, LIKE OTHER GIRLS, which has been in the works for nearly two years. They have much talent and expertise, some of which is behind the scenes, like my fabulous editor’s insights, and some of which is very obvious – see shiny cover.
She wrote this piece to go alongside the cover reveal.
LIKE OTHER GIRLS features all of my favourite things – feminism! Friendship! Kissing! Musicals! The horrific state of reproductive rights in Ireland! – and even though it’s a little scary knowing that it’ll be out in the world soon, I really hope people like it.”
Like Other Girls is available to pre-order NOW from Easons.com
Here’s what sixteen-year-old Lauren knows: she’s not like other girls. She also knows it’s problematic to say that – what’s wrong with girls? She’s even fancied some in the past – but if you were stuck in St Agnes’s, her posh all-girls school in Ireland, you’d feel like that too. Here everyone’s expected to be Perfect Young Ladies – it’s even a song in the painfully-cheesy and sexist musical they’re putting on this year, directed by Lauren’s arch-nemesis.
Lauren is not like other girls, and nor is her friend Evan, who’s just come out as a trans boy – which Lauren knows she’s supposed to be cool with but still feels betrayed by. (Having had an unrequited crush on Evan for years doesn’t help, either).
Why can’t everyone just be themselves without obsessing over labels? Then Lauren discovers she’s pregnant – the most girlish thing of all.