Not If I Can Help It (Hardcover)

By Carolyn Mackler

Scholastic Press, 9780545709484, 240pp.

Publication Date: July 30, 2019

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Willa likes certain things to be certain ways. Her socks have to be soft . . . and definitely can't have irritating tags on the inside. She loves the crunch of popcorn and nachos . . . but is grossed out by the crunch of a baby carrot. And slimy foods? Those are the worst.

Willa can manage all these things -- but there are some things she can't deal with, like her father's big news. He's been keeping a big secret from her . . . that he's been dating the mom of Willa's best friend Ruby. Willa does NOT like the idea of them being together. And she does NOT like the idea of combining families. And she does NOT like the idea of her best friend becoming her sister overnight. Will she go along with all of these changes? NOT if she can help it!

About the Author

Carolyn Mackler is the author of the popular teen novels, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book); Tangled; Guyaholic; Vegan Virgin Valentine; and Love and Other Four-Letter Words. Carolyn's most recent novel, The Future of Us, cowritten with bestselling author Jay Asher, has received starred reviews, and the film rights have been sold to Warner Brothers.

Best Friend Next Door is her first novel for a younger audience.

Praise For Not If I Can Help It

Praise for Best Friend Next Door:

"[Mackler] gives a spot-on portrayal of the ups and downs of young friendships." --
Kirkus Reviews

"[Mackler] insightfully portrays the complexities of friendship and adapting to
change... An engaging, supportive read." -- Booklist

"Charming." -- School Library Journal