In Real Life
SAT test - check
College Application - check
Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you've spent your whole life working for- check
Super-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has never had room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection is derailed when her boyfriend leaks secret pictures of her to the entire school―pictures no one was ever meant to see. Making matters worse, her parents might be getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Vivi feels like a complete and utter failure.
Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new circle of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous and intriguing guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she'd do again―trust. For the first time in her life, Vivi realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it's okay to be less than perfect, because it's our imperfections that make us who we are.
Advance Praise for The Best Possible Answer:
"Vivi's vividly portrayed panic attacks and pressure to succeed will speak to many readers. Supporting characters are also strong. A sensitive novel about accepting imperfection." -Kirkus Review
"Kottaras' creative use of 'College Admission Tips' and tongue-in-cheek SAT questions at the start of each chapter adds a terrific satiric touch to the angst around all things college, and will speak to teens looking for a life amid the pressures and expectations of their high-school journey. A warmhearted and sensitive coming-of-age romance." -Booklist
"A complicated family drama about living with betrayal and learning how to open oneself again to love." -Publisher's Weekly
"Vivi's character development is complete as she grapples with her own mistakes and copes with anxiety... Kottaras realistically depicts the difficulties that working parents face... The side story of Professor Cox, who has schizophrenia, conveys the importance of advocacy for those who face mental illness." - School Library Journal
"Viviana has spent her entire life being perfect -- from grades to dating -- but when a series of unfortunate events unravel that perfection, she's left wondering who she is. It's an unlikely new job and an unlikely new beau that lead her down the path of self-discovery and she's excited to find a version of herself that might just not be as perfect as she'd once thought. [An] emotional, personal story." -Teen Vogue
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