Cover Crush: Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

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Cover Crush: Dress Codes for Small Towns
by Courtney C. Stevens

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens, may not be typical CoverCrush material, but this cover speaks volumes to me personally, so I had to run with it! The iconic image of all rebellious teens is pretty much summed up by the black combat boot. I don’t care if it is 1983, 1995, or 2017, this quintessential image still reigns supreme. For me, it was a way to visually shove my non-gender norms in the faces of my schoolmates, while wearing a sundress, ripped stockings and 9-hole Doc Martens. For others, it said I am a badass, so don’t mess with me or I will stomp you. For Billie, it sounds a lot like both of those things! Billie seems to be rebellious and non-gender conforming. I love Courtney Stevens’ books, she creates such realistic and beautiful characters and I can’t wait to meet Billie! I love this cover, the color schemes are clearly a favorite of mine, ha! As well as the simplicity that clearly evokes emotions of nostalgia for me, and probably acceptance for the current generation. The blurb give this book so much depth that I am now eagerly awaiting August 29th! Be sure to add this one to your TBR.

 

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

Category: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
Publication: August 29th, 2017; HarperTeen
Purchase: Amazon

The year I was seventeen, I had five best friends…and I was in love with all of them for different reasons.

Billie McCaffrey is always starting things. Like couches constructed of newspapers and two-by-fours. Like costumes made of aluminum cans and Starburst wrappers. Like trouble.

This year, however, trouble comes looking for her.

Her best friends, a group she calls the Hexagon, have always been schemers. They scheme for kicks and giggles. What happens when you microwave a sock? They scheme to change their small town of Otters Holt, Kentucky, for the better. Why not campaign to save the annual Harvest Festival we love so much? They scheme because they need to scheme. How can we get the most unlikely candidate elected to the town’s highest honor?

But when they start scheming about love, things go sideways.

In Otters Holt, love has been defined only one way—girl and boy fall in love, get married, and buy a Buick, and there’s sex in there somewhere. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple.

Can the Hexagon, her parents, and the town she calls home handle the real Billie McCaffrey?

Author Courtney Stevens delivers an honest, funny, and endearing account of a girl coming to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and sexuality while facing the opposition that follows.

 

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