If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say (Hardcover)

By Leila Sales

Farrar Straus Giroux, 9780374380991, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

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Description

Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person.

We all want to be seen. We all want to be heard. But what happens when we're seen and heard saying or doing the wrong things?


When Winter Halperin--former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer, and daughter of a parenting expert--gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people know what she's done, and none of them will forgive her.


With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it's okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Did she deserve to lose all that she's lost? And is "I'm sorry" ever good enough?


Decide for yourself.


First and foremost a novel about public shaming in the internet age, If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say is also an exploration of the power of words, the cumulative destructiveness of microaggressions, and the pressing need for empathy.



About the Author

Leila Sales is the author of the young adult novels Tonight the Streets Are Ours, This Song Will Save Your Life, Mostly Good Girls, and Past Perfect, as well as Once Was a Time, for younger readers. This Song Will Save Your Life garnered two starred reviews, was included on the American Library Association's Best Fiction for Young Adults list, was named one of Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year, and was listed as one of the Best YA Books of the year by BuzzFeed.com. It has been published in twelve foreign territories.Leila grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Chicago. When she's not writing, she spends her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, chocolate, and how to get more of all of them. Leila lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in children's book publishing. Follow her @LeilaSalesBooks or at leilasales.com
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