Sixteen year old Raphaelle is that girl who says the wrong thing, who crosses the wrong person, who has the wrong hair, the wrong body, the wrong attitude, the totally wrong clothes. She can’t do anything right, except draw, but she draws the wrong pictures. When her father moves the family to a small prairie city, Raphaelle wants to leave behind the misfit rebel, the outcast, the vengeful trouble-maker she was. Reborn as “Ella,” she plans fit in at her new school, while her perfect younger sister goes to the Catholic girls’ school and her emotionally fragile mother looks for a job.
But Ella might just be a different kind of misfit. She’s drawn to a brooding boy in her art class, Samir, and expresses her confused feelings in an explicit artwork. When a classmate texts a photo of Ella’s art to a younger friend, the horrendous fallout spreads though Ella’s life like an uncontrollable disease. Ella is expelled from school and faces pornography charges, her mother is hospitalized, her sister fails all her classes, and her distant father finally notices something is wrong.
Wow, with a huge thank you to my awesome teen librarian at my Library this is another amazing book in the written in the verse style. This one is also going to have a sequel which most books written in verse do not normally have. This one was amazing, I loved the style of verse writing and the character as she struggled to find her own way and find out who she really was. I do disagree on some of the things that she did, I also didn't really agree with the ending. I guess it was her showing off who she was one last time. I am dying to read the next book and am really excited to continue with her story into the future. I would recommend it but not to younger readers.