Like the feisty girl of the title, this slim book packs an outsized punch. On an island off the North Carolina coast, we meet Evie, a girl of imagination and grit who got struck by young love and an unexpected pregnancy. Unlike her sometimes idol, Mike Tyson, she isn’t much of a fighter or all that bad, but she has made some poor choices and now she has to figure out if she should fight for a different future. Filled with unexpected humor and raw honesty, The Baddest Girl on the Planet reminds us that change is possible, even for a bad girl.— From Elaine & Luisa's Picks: March 2021
WINNER of the LEE SMITH NOVEL PRIZE
"This sun-and-salt-kissed coming-of-age story reads like a wry, honest chat with a close friend." --Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness
Evie Austin, native of Hatteras Island, North Carolina and baddest girl on the planet, has not lived her life in a straight line. There have been several detours--career snafus, bad romantic choices, a loved but unplanned child--not to mention her ill-advised lifelong obsession with boxer Mike Tyson. Evie is not plucky, but when life's changes smash over her like the rough surf of the local shoreline, she muddles through--until that moment of loss and longing when muddling will no longer suffice. This is the story of what the baddest girl on the planet must find in herself when a bag of pastries, a new lover, or quick trip to Vegas won't fix anything, and when something more than casual haplessness is required. The Baddest Girl on the Planet is inventive, sharp, witty, and poignant. Readers will want to jump in and advise this baddest girl on the planet--or at least just give her a shake or a hug--at every fascinating turn.
About the Author
Heather Frese's fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Review, Front Porch, the Barely South Review, Switchback, and elsewhere, earning notable mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Essays. She received her master's degree from Ohio University and her M.F.A. from West Virginia University. Coastal North Carolina is her longtime love and source of inspiration, her writing deeply influenced by the wild magic and history of the Outer Banks. She currently writes, edits, and wrangles three small children in Raleigh, North Carolina.