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The Downstairs Girl: August Book of the Month


I'm so excited to partner with Book of the Month YA to tell you all about one of their 5 August 2019 selections for their young adult book subscription box.


Click here to visit BOTMYA's site and choose this or another title and don't forget to use code FLEX at checkout to get your first book for just $9.99 (shipping/handling is always free)!


The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee sounds sooo good! I can't wait to dive in!


Synopsis (front cover blurb):


Some secrets just won't stay buried.


By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, "Dear Miss Sweetie."


When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society's ills, but she's not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta's most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light.


With prose that is witty, insightful, and at times heartbreaking, Stacey Lee masterfully crafts an extraordinary social drama set in the New South.


About the Author (back cover blurb):


Stacey Lee is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon, the winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. She is a fourth-generation Chinese American and a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. Born in Southern California, she graduated from UCLA and then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. She lives with her family outside San Francisco.


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