Neighborhood Girls

Neighborhood Girls

by Jessie Ann Foley


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A powerful coming-of-age story about a girl whose encounters with loss, broken friendships, and newfound faith leave her forever changed, from Printz Honor winner and Morris Award Finalist Jessie Ann Foley

When Wendy Boychuck’s father, a Chicago cop, was escorted from their property in handcuffs, she knew her life would never be the same. Her father gets a years-long jail sentence, her family falls on hard times, and the whispers around their neighborhood are impossible to ignore. If that wasn’t bad enough, she gets jumped walking home from a party one night. Wendy quickly realizes that in order to survive her father’s reputation, she’ll have to make one for herself.

Then Wendy meets Kenzie Quintana—a foul-mouthed, Catholic uniform-skirt-hiking alpha—and she knows immediately that she’s found her savior. Kenzie can provide Wendy with the kind of armor a girl needs when she’s trying to outrun her father’s past. Add two more mean girls to the mix—Sapphire and Emily—and Wendy has found herself in Academy of the Sacred Heart’s most feared and revered clique. Makeover complete.

But complete is far from what Wendy feels. Instead, she faces the highs and lows of a toxic friendship, the exhaustion that comes with keeping up appearances, and a shattering loss—the only one that could hurt more than losing herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062571861
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 313,083
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jessie Ann Foley is a teacher who writes fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, The Carnival at Bray, was a Printz Honor winner, a William C. Morris Debut Award finalist, a YALSA Top Ten Fiction for Young Adults title, and a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book. Her second novel, Neighborhood Girls, was an ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice, where it also received a starred review. Sorry for Your Loss is her third novel. To learn more about Jessie, visit her online at

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Neighborhood Girls 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
I was pretty floored by how much I enjoyed this. Wendy's voice is SO strong, and her desire to re-make herself in the wake of the scandal that engulfs her family made her extremely relatable--even, or especially, when she makes choices that the reader might not agree with. The setting is practically its own character, and the generalizations Wendy made about Chicago and what living there is like really resonated with me, even though I grew up in the suburbs and not the city proper. Plus, the story itself is compelling. I hesitate to use the word 'breakneck,' but once I started reading I couldn't stop. There are a handful of issues that keep this from being a five star book for me, namely the lack of real attention paid to the recent sentencing of Wendy's father. From the moment his crime was introduced--using his police authority to brutalize false confessions out of suspects--I was eager to see how its ripple effects would impact his family. Instead, they were barely explored except in flashback, which removed most of the emotional urgency from the present narrative. I was also incredibly infuriated by the death of a major secondary character, which seemed to serve no real purpose beyond extending the book another 40-50 pages. Mis-handled tragedies aside, I'd still recommend NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS for its depictions of friendships, and the ways in which friends can either build you into your best self or tear you down. completely. If you're looking for relationship-focused contemporary YA, then you should definitely give this a shot. But if you're looking for an issue-driven book, I'd probably recommend looking elsewhere.