How to be Bad by Emily Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle

How to be Bad

Written by Emily Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle

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A provocative, stimulating and ultimately heartwarming story about three girls on a weekend road trip in Florida, who develop their friendship as the miles tick by. Each chapter is written in the first person by either Jesse (don’t forget the ‘e’), Vicks or Mel. The three very different girls may decide to try a little ‘How To Be Bad’, however at heart, they are three thoughtful, affectionate and quite normal teens, experiencing the difficulties that life occasionally flings in the way and getting by as best they can. The ending rolls to a conclusion far too quickly, leaving an “I want more” feeling, hopefully another novel is on the cards. It’s fascinating to learn in the great ‘extras’ section at the end, how the three authors, Emily Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski decided to write this novel. Recommended for older teens and young adults, this collaboration most definitely works, it results in a funny, warm and fabulously quirky story. ~ Liz Robinson

***E. Lockhart is in the UK on a How to be Bad road trip on the weekend of the 20th/21st June 2015 and will be documented throughout via vlogs, Twitter, snapchat and tumblr. Suggestions for sites or shops to visit should be sent to or tweeted @hotkeybooks using #LockhartRoadTrip.


How to be Bad by Emily Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle

Jesse, Vicks and Mel couldn't be more different. Jesse, a righteous Southern gal who's as thoughtful as she is uptight, is keeping a secret that she knows will change her life forever. Vicks is a wild-child: seemingly cool, calm and collected on the outside, but inside she's furious at herself for being so anxious about her neglectful boyfriend.

And Mel is the new girl in town. She's already been dismissed as just another rich kid, but all she wants is to get over some of her fears and find some true friends.

But for all their differences, the girls discover they've got one thing in common - they're desperate to escape. Desperate to get the heck out of Niceville and discover their true 'badass' selves! Even if it's just for the weekend...


A collaboration between three popular YA authors ... Likeable, with some good characters and a nice sense of place -- Helen Carr Inis Reading Guide

About the Author

Emily Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle

E. Lockhart is the author of nine novels, including WE WERE LIARS, THE BOYFRIEND LIST, FLY ON THE WALL and THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS, which was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of a Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Novel. Visit her online at: or on Twitter: @elockhart. Sarah Mlynowski has written novels for adults as well as the New York Times bestselling middle-grade series WHATEVER AFTER. Her YA novels include the MAGIC IN MANHATTAN series: BRAS AND BROOMSTICKS, FROGS AND FRENCH KISSES, SPELLS AND SLEEPING BAGS and PARTIES AND POTIONS; GIMME A CALL, TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE) and DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. Sarah's books have been translated into 26 languages and optioned to Hollywood. She now lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. Visit Sarah at or on Twitter: @SarahMlynowski. Lauren Myracle holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. Her breakout success came with the publication of TTYL, the first ever novel written entirely in instant messages. This was the first book in the New York Times bestselling INTERNET GIRLS series, which includes TTFN, L8R, G8R and YOLO. She is also the author of LET IT SNOW (co-written with John Green and Maureen Johnson), SHINE, BLISS and THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US, among many other books for teens and young people. Visit Lauren at or on Twitter: @LaurenMyracle.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 16


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4th June 2015




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