256p. ebook available. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Apr. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062380043.
Gr 7 Up—Annabelle has the perfect life. She lives in an original Craftsman house in the affluently bohemian Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice; she hangs out with the popular crowd at school; she's valedictorian and editor in chief of the school newspaper; and she's getting ready for her life after high school. What Annabelle does not find perfect: unordered books (she frequently rearranges her bookshelf, sometimes by genre, sometimes by color) and the fiction class she must take to complete graduation requirements. But just as Annabelle tries to iron out these wrinkles, as she always does, she discovers something that makes her question everything about her life and how much control she really has. YA author Lucy Keating visits the heroine's class, and the teen learns that she is the main character of Keating's new novel! Can Annabelle trust any of her feelings when her life is being written for her? This is an intriguing and original blend of contemporary YA tropes and metafiction. Literary theory buffs will be tickled and fascinated by the way the author plays with the conventions of YA lit, from background characters complaining about their own one-dimensionality to the protagonists trying to fight the force of a love triangle. Despite the existential nature of the premise, the narrative is lighthearted in tone and the characters engaging, with sparkling dialogue.
VERDICT A quirky literary experiment that fans of YA will thoroughly enjoy. A good choice for most libraries serving teens and YA fans.

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