Anatomy of a Misfit

by Andrea Portes

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October 13 - 28, 2014

From bestselling adult novelist Andrea Portes comes her Young Adult debut: ANATOMY OF A MISFIT (published: 9/2/2014; 9780062313645; Ages 14 up; $10.99 USD), an emotionally resonant story that Publishers Weekly raves is “instantly endearing” with a “highly memorable heroine” and voice.

Anika is the third most popular girl in her high school–despite feeling she doesn’t fit in with the popular crowd in her small Nebraskan town. To maintain her social status, Anika does whatever Becky Vilhauser (first most popular girl in school) tells her to do. But when loner Logan McDonough returns from summer vacation hotter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika has a hard time staying away–even when Becky forbids her to date him. Anika’s glimpse into Logan’s troubled home life only draws her closer, but despite her blossoming feelings, Anika breaks up with him. In an emotionally devastating ending (*spoiler alert*), Logan’s father’s violent abuse turns deadly. He kills Logan, Logan’s mother, and then himself, leaving Anika in the wake of tragedy. The novel concludes with Anika’s revelation that we have only one chance to be true to ourselves, and nothing is more important than listening to your own heart.

ANATOMY OF A MISFIT is based on Andrea Portes’ real-life experiences as a teenager. She will be profiled as a Face of Courage in September for Moms Demand Action, the group lobbying for gun sense reform.

Please note: Contains adult themes and language.

A self-deprecating and highly memorable heroine . . . . instantly endearing.” Publishers Weekly STARRED Review

“Anika’s droll voice shines, and her emotions are palpable.” School Library Journal

Included in PopCrush’s “10 Most Anticipated Books for the Rest of 2014.”

Meet Andrea Portes


Andrea Portes is the bestselling novelist of the critically lauded adult novel, Hick. The book was her debut and has since been made into a feature film starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Alec Baldwin, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, and Juliette Lewis. Bury This, her second novel, was published in January 2014 by Soft Skull Press. Anatomy of a Misfit is her third novel, and her first for young adult readers.

Andrea grew up shuffled around between such disparate locales as Nebraska, Brasília, Texas, Rio de Janiero, Baltimore, North Dakota, California, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. Finally, Andrea was granted relief from this nomadic existence when she was accepted to Bryn Mawr College, where she attended on full scholarship and later graduated cum laude, with a major in English literature. She then earned her Masters in Fine Arts degree from UC San Diego.

After her relentless education, Andrea moved to the neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles, where she spent years mostly getting into trouble. It was in this period of vague nothingness that Andrea penned her debut novel, in longhand in three notebooks. Currently, she lives in the neighborhood of Los Feliz, in Los Angeles.

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  2. Cathy

    When does the official discussion start? (Trying to avoid spoilers.) Will posts be sent to my email or do I have to keep checking here? Enjoying the book so far!

  3. Rita

    Just finished the book … I’m sure I’ll be the oldest reader for the Big Library Read…60!
    I can tell you some of theses “characters” were around when I went to high school in the 70′s,too. I hope you can relate with this author’s story and can live in the moment.

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  5. Lily

    I would like to know who chooses the books? Adam, are you our facilitator/host?
    As an avid reader, I enjoy almost every literary genre, and I’m looking forward to an E-Book Club. This is an excellent idea and I think the writers might benefit from our discussions as well! :)

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  6. Lauren

    I was not prepared for that plot twisted. Took me by surprise. I know the novel is based on the author’s expiernce. I just wonder if that situation really did happen to her. I’m still in shock.

  7. Marilyn Mansfield

    Just finished listening to the audiobook. I enjoyed it and the description does not give away everything. The author kept me guessing right up to the end. Yes, there are some stock characters (the mean girl, the bigot, the Christian hypocrite, etc) but there was real insight into how group dynamics affect people especially in high school. Loved the main character.

  8. Kristina

    I am really disappointed that there was such a huge spoiler in the blurb above- it is enough to make me apprehensive about reading the book. Maybe you can tell me- did that ruin it? Or is there enough that it is still worth reading? It reminds me of movie trailers that give the entire movie plot away.

    1. Cacy

      Still worth reading. Author foreshadows same thing right from chapter one. Main character/narrator has a great voice and personality that’ll make you want to keep reading. Narration and dialogue has some really funny moments.

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    1. Jeannie Poe

      I will admit I almost stopped reading it in the beginning as I thought the main character was not very admirable/bratty in the beginning and disliked her attitude so much but I am glad I stuck with it and enjoyed how the book evolved

    1. Amy

      So far, as a reader of YA literature, I am not overly impressed but I am going to plug on to see how these characters develop. Unlikeable teens, what feels like cardboard cut outs of “typical types: such as the mean girls, geeks, etc. and some phrases that have just made cringe. I am hoping to see the characters get more depth and learn some lessons as the story progresses.

    2. Kym

      I just finished it. I did spend a good portion of the book thinking that it was a random story, seemingly about nothing, and wondering what the point was. It’s all just general build up to the “unimaginable tragedy” referenced in the summary, which is 5 chapters before the end. I was listening to it so I didn’t even realize I was at the end so, when I finally got there only to realize it was done so soon, I felt let down. While it all wraps up in a very “afterschool special” way, I wasn’t impressed overall. I’d say it may be an accurate rambling through the mind of a teen – feeling like you don’t fit in even in your crowd, emotional seesaws, hiding secrets and insecurities – but I don’t feel like I got anything out of this book. No good laughs, no good cries, not even any moments of a single tear, or anything.

  9. David Conrad

    You really need something like a discussion board with multiple threads. This will become unwieldy if large numbers of people start participating. But kudos for promoting reading.

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      1. mutherovpurl

        What about the Twitter #bglmisfit? Using the comments section makes it difficult to discuss the book. And a book club is all about discussion.

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      Adam Sockel

      Hi Luna- We’ll do a skype interview next week and post the recording so if you have any questions you’d like to ask you can leave them here and I’ll ask those questions next week!

  10. Barbara Motley

    This is a national or global book club…should be interesting. I am a part of two book clubs, but I do need to increase my reading and less tv.

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      1. S.N.A

        so is there a forum where everyone reading the book get to discuss it together? The article said there’d be dates but I don’t see any.

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