Ann, not Annie, is tired of her nominal existence and has vowed to turn things around by dating the hottest guy in school, Jacob Waters. Easier said than done since Jacob isn’t even aware she exists. The truth is, due to Ann’s lively temper she spends more time in detention with the rest of the school rejects than she does fantasizing about Jacob Waters wearing spandex.
Her best friend and devout alien believer, Lisa, doesn’t like the changes she’s seeing in her BFF. Neither does Danny Feller, a fellow detention inmate and resident lost boy who has started keeping an extra watchful and unwanted eye on Ann.
When a chance encounter in an empty hallway changes everything, Ann finds all her dreams coming true and she is well on her way to living the perfect life she’s always wanted. But appearances aren’t always what they seem and Ann is going to have to face not just cold hard facts, but also her past.
Publisher: MmHmm Books
Anne on The Reading Life wrote:
“A coming of age story with snark.”
Tina on Hopeless Bibliophile wrote:
“Wow…exceeded my expectations completely…This book is an art piece…took me on a breathtaking journey, and I finished in a sitting… No way, absolutely no way I'm giving it anything less than five stars. Absolutely. Amazing.”
Brigette on Mes Livres wrote:
“Friendship, family and grief are all strong themes and they blend together beautifully in this well crafted story…don't let the romance tag fool you, this story is about a lot more than dating…I definitely would pick up a copy today.”
Lynda Dickson on Books Direct wrote:
“It's a moving new adult story with some strong messages…an emotive and captivating read. ”
Emily on Reaching While Rooted wrote:
“The anonymous narrator immediately piques our curiosity…I love Ann's doodles, which are scattered throughout the book and depict her (bad) moods…The author's knowledge of mental health issues is apparent in her writing. This is a helpful book for teens dealing with an alcoholic parent or the death of a loved one, but it also addresses issues such as self-esteem, popularity, friendship, and rape culture…An enjoyable, satisfying read.”
Christina on Creating Serenity wrote:
“The thing I love about the YA contemporary genre is it’s spunk. The stories that come from this set often embody a take no prisoner approach that tells you how it is not often found in other genres. Steadman’s new novel 'Ann, Not Annie' is the perfect model.”
Lin on Lin's Perspectives wrote:
“I found the entire story very compelling…The narration for this is fantastic. Throughout the story the narrator tells you about everything that happens with Ann but never says who it is. I found this really intriguing. Plus, knowing that the narrator was speaking directly to the reader allows the narrator to add in a few things of their own feelings. Which at times, was hilarious.”
Tom on Book Junkie wrote:
“This book was beyond my expectations it was like a tornado that came from nowhere it sucked me inside its vortex and did not let go of me until the very end…”
Kirkus Reviews on Kirkus Reviews wrote:
"A well-crafted and poignant account of a girl struggling to find herself and gain social acceptance as a teenager in the most difficult of circumstances. Through deft narration, the author develops both Ann’s complexity and simplicity in a way that instantly charmed me, and had me rooting for Ann to lift herself up and overcome her pain as she tries to navigate high school as a head of household...this is is certainly one I would want teenagers to read, for Ann’s vulnerability, self reflection, resilience and eventual strength are exquisitely portrayed in an understandable way as to be an inspiration for young readers."
“In Steadman’s (‘The Waking Dream,’ 2016, etc.) third YA novel, a high school nobody encounters the harsh reality of what it means to become somebody….The book is an immersive experience, and it reads very much like a novel-length note from a friend in one’s class—complete with hand-drawn comic strips interspersed throughout….Steadman captures the mania of teenage friendships and first loves as aptly as she captures the confusion of adolescent grief. A read that honors the devastation of loss and self-discovery from a distinctively adolescent perspective.”