The dress in the window of Shelly’s Boutique was not a tasteful pink. It was an unnatural, overly shiny, shout-in-your-face pink. Barbie-aisle pink. Putrid anti-diarrhea medicine pink. Slutty disco-queen on LSD pink.

Or, as the residents of Barton, Texas (population 5,853) would probably refer to it: hawt pank.

Gabriella Rivera automatically curled her upper lip – her “tilde mouth” as her mother liked to call it – and muttered, “God, look at that. When did hooker fashions become formal wear?”

Mule quit slurping down his 64-oz Dr Pepper and shrugged. “What do you expect? It’s prom season.”

“It is not prom season,” Gabby replied. “It is the beginning of March. I barely survived the big Valentine’s freak-out without throwing myself off a cliff. Now I have to see this crap everywhere for two months?” She gestured toward the display window.

Mule considered the dresses while continuing to sip from his near-empty soda cup, making loud squelching noises through the straw.

“Besides, prom shouldn’t even be a ‘season,’” Gabby went on. “Not like a holiday season or flu season. It’s just a dumb party.”

Excerpt© 2011 Jennifer Ziegler

About the book:

For fifteen-year-old Daphne, the glass is always half full, a dab of lip-gloss can ward off a bad day, and the boy of her dreams—the one she’s read about in all of her beloved romance novels—is waiting for her just around the corner. But Daphne’s older sister Gabby wishes Daphne would get real. In Gabby’s world, everyone’s out for themselves, wearing makeup is a waste of time, and boys only distract you from studying before they break your heart. The only boy Gabby trusts is her best friend, Mule, who has always been there for her.

When the richest boy in town befriends Gabby, and Daphne starts to hang out more and more with Mule, Gabby is forced to confront the emotional barriers she has put up to stop the hurting. And for once, her sassiness may fall prey to her definition of stupidity.

What people are saying:

“This fun and fresh retelling will leave you cheering, swooning and hugging your sister.”–Sarah Mlynowski, author of Gimme a Call 

Released: July 12, 2011

About the author:

Jennifer Ziegler is a YA novelist, speaker, coffee addict, and champion daydreamer . Her novel How Not to Be Popular (Delacorte, 2008) was an International Reading Association’s Young Adults’ Choice and an ALA Best Books for Young Adults nominee.  When she isn’t busy being Author Woman, she is a mild-mannered, slightly frazzled, usually ketchup-stained mother of two who is considering getting a tattoo. Feel free to contact her (and suggest tattoos) via her website at