Someone I Wanted to Be (Hardcover)

By Aurelia Wills

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763681562, 336pp.

Publication Date: September 6, 2016

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When an insecure teen starts impersonating someone else, her life spirals dangerously out of control in a realistic, relatable novel about finding yourself--and discovering your true friends.

Leah Lobermier dreams of becoming a doctor, but it's hard to stay focused on getting good grades when boys make oinking sounds at her in school and her mother spends every night on the couch with a bottle of wine. Leah's skinny and popular "friends," Kristy and Corinne, aren't much better and can hardly be counted on for support. When the girls convince a handsome older man to buy them beer, Leah takes his phone number and calls him, pretending to be Kristy--coy and confident--and they develop a relationship, talking and texting day after day. But as the lie she created grows beyond her control, can Leah put a stop to things before she--or Kristy--is seriously hurt?

About the Author

Aurelia Wills is the author of several Pushcart Prize-nominated stories, which have been published in literary journals and an anthology. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.