Take three girls

Cath Crowley

Book - 2021

Ady, Kate, and Clem don't operate in the same spheres at school, but a class project brings them together. It seems like the bullying from a gossip website called PSST may test their newfound bond, but instead they use their different influences to work together and uncover the culprits. The question remains, however, if fighting back will even make a difference.

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Genres
Fiction
Published
New York : Sterling Teen 2021.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes discussion questions. Pages 419-425 are blank, so readers can record their responses to the questions.
Physical Description
425 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
1454938277
9781454938279
Main Author
Cath Crowley (author)
Other Authors
Simmone Howell (author), Fiona (Fiona Anna) Wood
Review by Booklist Reviews

In response to cyberbullying, the girls at St. Hilda's boarding school are required to take a wellness class, in which Ady, Clem, and Kate find themselves grouped together. Ady has a family life troubled by addiction, Clem has body issues after stopping competitive swimming, and Kate wants to pursue music but is pressured to study medicine. As the girls complete their wellness assignments, a bond forms between them, especially after they are targeted by an anonymous online gossip group, and when it becomes too much, they work together to bring the bullies down. Authors Crowley, Wood, and Howell collaborate on a novel that explores the struggles faced by adolescents in the age of social media. Each author pens one girl's perspective, alternating among them, and the story is enhanced by the use of the girls' wellness assignments, with worksheets and journal entries embedded in the text. Well-blended themes of passion, female independence, and personal growth will have teen readers relating to these three girls as they work through their respective struggles. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 10 Up—Sixteen-year-olds Clem, Kate, and Ady thought they had nothing in common. When they are grouped together during their Australian private school's wellness class, they realize that they were brought together to support one another through tough times and heartbreaks. They work together to discover who is behind the gossip site PSST which spreads lies and starts rumors about female students' struggles, relationships, hookups, and sexuality. This story tackles a wide variety of topics such as cyberbullying, body image and self esteem, confidence, making good choices, relationship and dating difficulties, and parental substance abuse. Each chapter, titled based on a wellness class topic, begins with a detailed class worksheet which contains an inspirational quote, discussion points, and a description of a task like a journal entry. The chapters are divided into sections, each one narrated by one of the girls. Some of the pages are formatted like social media posts while others contain the girls' wellness class journal entries. Readers who are experiencing tough times will connect with the characters, who are strong and resilient. Each girl's character growth, interests, and how she overcomes challenges is relatable. Throughout the book there is profanity and descriptions of sexual activities. VERDICT This story will keep readers wondering who is behind the gossip while addressing important teen issues and proving how essential friendship is when dealing with difficult situations.—Elizabeth Gold, Midwood H.S., NY Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A popular girl from an unhappy home, an academic whiz who dreams of studying music and a reluctant athlete in love with the wrong boy become unlikely teammates in an effort to fight back against a school cyberbully.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A popular girl from an unhappy home, an academic whiz who dreams of studying music, and a reluctant athlete in love with the wrong boy become unlikely teammates in an effort to fight back against a school cyberbully.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Three authors. Three appealing and relatable characters. One smart YA novel about a trio of unlikely friends who team up to take down the school cyberbully.   “Mean stuff spreads so fast. One click. Post. Send. Share. Online bullying = sometimes suicides, so all the private schools have strategies for dealing with it. At St Hilda’s, it’s Wellness classes. We greeted the idea with genuine enthusiasm. Why not? Everyone loves the chance to slack off.”   Popular Ady seems cool and confident at school, but at home her family is falling apart. Brainiac Kate wants to pursue her dreams of playing music, even if it jeopardizes her academic scholarship. And swim champ Clem finds herself disenchanted with the sport . . . and falling for a very wrong boy. When these three very different girls are forced to team up in a wellness class, they’re not too pleased. But over time, they bond—and when they’re all targeted by PSST, a website that dishes out malicious gossip and lies, they decide to take a stand, uncover the culprits, and fight back. But can they really fix a broken system? With each girl’s story told by a different author, as well as intriguing questionnaires from the wellness class included throughout, this empowering novel explores today’s most relevant topics— from cyberbullying and fat shaming to drug abuse and financial stress.     

Review by Publisher Summary 4

When popular Ady, brainiac musician Kate, and swim champ Clem are forced to team up in a wellness class, they're not too pleased. But over time, they bond'and when they're all targeted by PSST, a malicious gossip-fueled website, they decide to fight back. But can they really fix a broken system? With each girl's story told by a different author, as well as intriguing questionnaires from the wellness class included throughout, this empowering novel explores some of today's most relevant topics.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

When popular Ady, brainiac musician Kate, and swim champ Clem are forced to team up in a wellness class, they’re not too pleased. But over time, they bond—and when they’re all targeted by PSST, a malicious gossip-fueled website, they decide to fight back. But can they really fix a broken system? With each girl’s story told by a different author, as well as intriguing questionnaires from the wellness class included throughout, this empowering novel explores some of today’s most relevant topics.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

Three authors. Three appealing and relatable characters. One smart YA novel about a trio of unlikely friends who team up to take down the school cyberbully.   'mean stuff spreads so fast. One click. Post. Send. Share. Online bullying = sometimes suicides, so all the private schools have strategies for dealing with it. At St Hilda's, it's Wellness classes. We greeted the idea with genuine enthusiasm. Why not? Everyone loves the chance to slack off.'   Popular Ady seems cool and confident at school, but at home her family is falling apart. Brainiac Kate wants to pursue her dreams of playing music, even if it jeopardizes her academic scholarship. And swim champ Clem finds herself disenchanted with the sport . . . and falling for a very wrong boy. When these three very different girls are forced to team up in a wellness class, they're not too pleased. But over time, they bond'and when they're all targeted by PSST, a website that dishes out malicious gossip and lies, they decide to take a stand, uncover the culprits, and fight back. But can they really fix a broken system? With each girl's story told by a different author, as well as intriguing questionnaires from the wellness class included throughout, this empowering novel explores today's most relevant topics' from cyberbullying and fat shaming to drug abuse and financial stress.