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Dear Teen Me: Bloggers Respond to THE ART OF GETTING STARED AT

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We have been so moved by the reviews for Laura Langston’s important and engrossing YA novel, The Art of Getting Stared At. In addition to posting their thoughts on the book, our bloggers have included messages to their teen selves about body image and self esteem. Check them all out here:

The Art of Getting Stared At is a rich story that deals with illness and body image, and does it in such a way that it’s easy to relate to, but also something to reflect on. “

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“Please pick up this book because it needs to be read, it will change you because it change me after I finished it, and it begs to be read and it deserves all the praise in the world. “ Conversations of a Reading Addict

“The Art of Getting Stared At is a thought provoking novel about one girl learning there’s always more to people than what meets the eye. I loved that it communicated the message that people are more than just one thing. “More Than Just Magic

“Langston is clearly an author to watch and someone who knows how to handle difficult subjects with equal measures of honesty and heart. “ Xpresso Reads

I would recommend this read to teens everywhere. Not only to become aware of alopecia, but to read a story where looks are not everything, and that no matter what, things will be okay in the end. “ Chapter x Chapter

“I really enjoyed Sloane’s voice, even though she was stubborn and kept this secret for such a long time. I acknowledged her struggles and I especially loved her dynamic relationship with her stepmother…I really enjoyed The Art of Getting Stared At and I hope more books like it will keep on getting written. Maji Bookshelf

“A compelling, engaging story with a cast of flawed, likeable characters in a novel that promises to both educate and entertain, The Art Of Getting Stared At is one novel that will keep you thinking long after you turn the final page and that can, and will, stand proudly amongst its peers. “ Pop Goes the Reader

Cover Reveal: The Art of Getting Stared At

We’re at sales conference this week learning all about the fantastic Penguin Canada titles for fall 2014, including this contemporary YA novel from Canadian author Laura Langston:

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How much do you love this cover? Look for THE ART OF GETTING STARTED AT in September 2014. Here’s what to expect:

After a school video she produced goes viral, sixteen-year-old Sloane is given the biggest opportunity of her life – a chance for a film school scholarship. She has less than two weeks to produce a second video, something with depth, and she’s determined to do it. The trouble is she has to work with Isaac Alexander, an irresponsible charmer with whom she shares an uneasy history.

On the heels of this good news/bad news opportunity, Sloane finds a bald spot on her head. The pink patch, no bigger than a quarter, shouldn’t be there. Neither should the bald spots that follow. Horror gives way to devastation when Sloane is diagnosed with alopecia areata. The autoimmune disease has no cause, no cure and no definitive outcome. The spots might grow over tomorrow or they might be there for life. She could become completely bald. No one knows.

Determined to produce her video and keep her condition secret, Sloane finds herself turning into the kind of person she has always mocked: someone obsessed with their looks.  She’s also forced to confront a painful truth: she is as judgmental as anyone else…but she saves the harshest judgments for herself.