Author(s): Jenny Downham
Lexi lives with her mum and her mum's fiance, John, and her half-sister Iris. She knows that she's different, she has an anger inside her that she struggles to control. She's certain that there's something wrong with her, she wants to impress everyone, and make her mum proud of her. But impressing John is the real challenge. He has very clear ideas of what sort of a stepdaughter Lexi should be, and no matter what she tries, she always seems to come up short. Especially when compared to Iris, who is always treated as the perfect daughter. John's influence on her mum is also becoming more and more clear, as she has started sharing his view of Lexi. Lexi's anger is going to lead her into trouble, and to question everything about herself, and who she really is. A masterful story exploring emotional abuse and right at the core of contemporary discussions of the ways women are manipulated by men, Jenny Downham's new novel is a peerless and ultimately uplifting exploration of this heartbreakingly common reality.
Shortlisted Costa Children's Award - 2019