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'Anatomy of a Misfit' explores the insecurities, triumphs of adolescence
Andrea Portes
Andrea Portes, the author of "Anatomy of a Misfit," is one of five authors participating in the "Epic Reads" tour. - photo by Provided by HarperCollins

ANATOMY OF A MISFIT,“ by Andrea Portes, HarperTeen, $17.99, 336 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

Anika Dragomir may be the third-most-popular girl in school, but she has the same insecurities as everyone else. At the start of her sophomore year, Anika has more than just classes and siblings to worry about, like the former geek, Logan, who shows up super cool on the first day of school and immediately attracts her attention.

While she is lucky enough to have both popularity and romance, she faces prejudices, too.

“Anatomy of a Misfit” is Andrea Portes’ first novel for young adults and is based on her ninth-grade year of junior high. The vernacular of the book reflects the way teenagers speak, communicate and think. In addition to profanity scattered throughout, this book contains references to sex, as well as a couple of violent scenes that were detailed enough to be unsettling.

Similar to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky, “Anatomy of a Misfit” is funny, heartbreaking and thought-provoking, all in one package.

(Angela Carter is a writer and editor. When she’s not absorbed in words, she enjoys going on walks and playing the piano. She blogs at