The Baddest Girl on the Planet
by Heather Frese
Publish Date March 2, 2021
About The Baddest Girl on the Planet
Evie Austin, native of Hatteras Island, North Carolina, and baddest girl on the planet, has not lived her life in a straight line. There have been several detours–career snafus, bad romantic choices, a loved but unplanned child–not to mention her ill-advised lifelong obsession with boxer Mike Tyson. Evie is not plucky, but when life’s changes smash over her like the rough surf of the local shoreline, she muddles through–until that moment of loss and longing when muddling will no longer suffice. This is the story of what the baddest girl on the planet must find in herself when a bag of pastries, a new lover, or quick trip to Vegas won’t fix anything, and when something more than casual haplessness is required. The Baddest Girl on the Planet is inventive, sharp, witty, and poignant. Readers will want to jump in and advise this baddest girl on the planet–or at least just give her a shake or a hug–at every fascinating turn.
Evie Austin, the baddest girl on the planet. Ok maybe not on the whole planet, but Evie sure thinks so. Ever since she was young she’s earned the reputation of a bad girl, and it carried with her throughout her life.
We learn about Evie’s story through multiple different scenes described throughout the book, each one from a different time in Evie’s life. The stories explain Evie’s trials and tribulations that are not only heartbreaking but laugh out loud funny at the same time. It could just be the sarcastic and snarky tone that Evie uses when telling her stories, or it could be that Evie’s stories are so relatable at times that you feel like you are almost laughing at yourself. Later in life when Evie is just kinda on auto-pilot, she starts to re-evalualte her life and seeks a therapist helping her find a way to become the person she wants to be.
You really don’t want this story to end. Heather Frese has taken so many totally human experiences and described them with humor, grace, snark and very touching writing and has come up with the most unique coming of age story ever. It’s a fast read, and just unputdownable. Definitely the perfect beach read. A beautiful debut and a 5 star read. Highly Recommend.
I just would like to thank Heather Frese, Kate Rock from KateRockBookTours and Blair Publishing for the gifted copy of this book for my unbiased and honest opinion for review.
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“Frese debuts with an impressive examination of small-town island life in coastal North Carolina…dynamic structure and strong voice…Readers will find lots to love.”―Publishers Weekly
“This sun-and-salt-kissed coming-of-age story reads like a wry, honest chat with a close friend.”—Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness
“Frese’s debut is a snappy novel with a relatable character that will resonate with readers.”―LynnDee Wathen, Booklist
“Heather Frese has written a coming-of-age story like no other—with a fiercely original narrative voice that’s funny, brave, honest, and occasionally terrifying . . . in fact, compulsively readable!”—Lee Smith, Blue Marlin and The Last Girls
“The Baddest Girl on the Planet is set on an island known as the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’ for all the shipwrecks it’s caused, which feels just right: the novel is about, among other things, the islands—both literal and metaphorical—where we feel stranded; the wrecks we cause or find ourselves marooned by. In The Baddest Girl on the Planet, Heather Frese explores some of the most tender spots of what it is to be human: how to come to terms with our choices, how to grow and change in a place that seems to want us to stay the same, and what it means to call a place (or another person) home.”—Maggie Smith, Keep Moving and Good Bones
About the Author
Heather Frese’s fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Review, Front Porch, the Barely South Review, Switchback, and elsewhere, earning notable mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Essays. She received her master’s degree from Ohio University and her M.F.A. from West Virginia University. Coastal North Carolina is her longtime love and source of inspiration, her writing deeply influenced by the wild magic and history of the Outer Banks. She currently writes, edits, and wrangles three small children in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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