No I did not. I did not, I did not. I did not say those things, and I did not plan those things. Won't It anyone believe me?
All right, Ugly Girl made a mistake. I'd told my mom what I'd heard in the cafeteria, and she'd told Dad. Evidently. I'd thought for sure they would want me to speak up for the truth.
About the Author
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and the National Humanities Medal, our government's highest civilian honor for the arts. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the 2010 recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Joyce Carol Oates lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Praise for Big Mouth & Ugly Girl…
“Compelling. Honest and penetrating.”
“Believable, full-blooded characters. Convincing high-school back-drop.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A thought-provoking, character-driven drama.”
-ALA Booklist (starred review)
“A fast-moving, timely, compelling story.”
-School Library Journal
“A divinely readable novel, one of the finest and most provocative in any genre of late.”
“A superb story bursting with themes relevant to high school life today.”
Middle and high school kids will find a lot rings true in “Big Mouth and Ugly Girl.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“Should bring Oates a whole new generation of fans.”
-Denver Rocky Mountain News