Team Awkward

(Book #2 of The It Girl)
LIST PRICE $10.99
About The Book

In this hilarious second novel in The It Girl trilogy, painfully shy Anna’s awkward adventures continue as she decides to find the “thing” she’ll be famous for.

There are good ways of starting school after Spring Break. But hiding in the bathroom after the video of you falling butt-first into a potted plant has gone viral is not one of them.

If she’s going to be famous, Anna is determined to find a worthy “thing” to be famous for. Everyone else seems to have one—especially the new girl at school who’s distracting her crush, Connor, with a shared love of art.

Luckily sports day is looming and Anna is limbering up! What could go wrong?

Do you really have to ask that?

Excerpt
Team Awkward 1.
From: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

To: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: You’re overreacting

So you got stuck in a plant pot. It’s not that big of a deal.

J x

From: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

To: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Re: You’re overreacting

No, you’re right. It’s not that big of a deal. It’s not that big of a deal that a video of me stuck in a plant pot, trying and failing to get out, has been watched on YouTube by MILLIONS OF PEOPLE.

Love, me xxx

From: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

To: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: You’re wrong

Excuse you, but you WISH you were that famous. It has not been watched by millions of people, only a few thousand. Let me check and I can tell you the precise—.

WHOA. It’s had almost two million views! That’s gone up really fast in the last hour.

Do you know what that means? Almost two million people have seen you stuck in a plant pot!

This is the best day of my life.

J x

From: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

To: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Re: You’re wrong

I am never leaving the closet again. I don’t care how hard Dad is trying to tempt me out with that plate of duck pancakes he’s left right outside the door. I can smell it. He’s even shut Dog in the kitchen so he can’t get them. He thinks he’s so clever. HA.

Clearly he does not know me very well if he thinks that I would be tempted out of hiding by some stupid duck pancakes.

Honestly, I have more self-respect than that. This is all his fault in the first place, anyway. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be the laughingstock of the ENTIRE country right now.

Love, me xxx

From: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

To: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: What?!

Explain to me how this is your dad’s fault?

J x

From: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

To: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: HELLO

Are you there? I sent that last e-mail almost fifteen minutes ago. Why don’t you just answer your cell phone? You’re so useless with your phone.

J x

From: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

To: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Re: HELLO

Sorry about the delay there, I was just rearranging my cushions. If I’m going to be stuck in here for the rest of my life, this closet has to be comfy.

I can’t answer my phone because I’ve turned it off. I’ve had a crazy amount of calls and texts from people asking me to explain the plant-pot situation and the beeping was driving me insane.

Love, me xxx

From: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

To: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: I’m on to you

You went out to get the duck pancakes, didn’t you?

J x

From: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

To: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Re: I’m on to you

Absolutely not. What do you take me for? I am not that weak. Please. Have some faith.

Like I said, I was arranging cushions.

Love, me xxx

From: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

To: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Stop your lies

Sure. I bet your dad blocked the door with his foot when you reached out to get the duck pancakes, so you were forced to talk to him for a bit. Is that why you took fifteen minutes to reply?

J x

From: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

To: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Re: Stop your lies

No. I was arranging cushions. Then I replied to your e-mail.

Love, me xxx

From: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

To: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Re: Stop your lies

I just got this text from your dad:

“Hi Jess, Nick Huntley here. Anna is refusing to come out of the closet again. Can you try talking to her? She’s eaten the duck pancakes I left out for her. I talked to her but she tried to slam the door on my foot. N.”

J x

From: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

To: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Re: Stop your lies

What’s your point?

Love, me xxx

From: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

To: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: You’re ridiculous

Tell me why you think this is your dad’s fault.

J x

From: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

To: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Re: You’re ridiculous

HELLO. Obviously it’s his fault.

He’s the one who had to have his stupid engagement celebration party in Helena’s stupid house, where she has stupid palm tree things in her hall sitting in stupidly massive pots, which innocent victims might stumble backward into, get their butt stuck in, and then be filmed on someone’s stupid smartphone trying to get out.

If he had stayed single and not gotten engaged to the world’s most famous actress, I would never have gotten stuck in a palm-tree plant pot and I would be living in PEACE.

And also, why did people FILM it rather than help get me out?! This is what is wrong with the world today. Why did they film it? WHY?!

Love, me xxx

From: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

To: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Re: You’re ridiculous

Because you folded into the pot with your legs sticking up like that and your arms flailing around was really funny.

I’ve added it to my favorites. And I’ve bookmarked it. Now I can get it to come up on my screen with just one click.

My dad’s watched it five times. He said he’s sending it around his entire office first thing in the morning.

J x

From: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

To: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Re: You’re ridiculous

Everyone is going to be laughing at me into the next century. This is the worst way to start the new semester.

How come ever since I started there a semester ago I’ve been the official laughingstock of Woodfield?

Love, me xxx

From: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

To: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

Cc: dantheman@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Desperate times

Falling into a palm-tree pot is so not the worst way to start a semester, Anna. You did that last semester. You set Josie Graham on fire, remember?

Look, I’ve brought Danny into the conversation to cheer you up.

Danny, Anna is upset because she’s a YouTube sensation. Any kind words you can throw her way?

J x

From: dantheman@zingmail.co.uk

To: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

Cc: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Re: Desperate times

I’ve been looking at the video and it’s actually a Dracaena Lisa plant that you fell into, Anna, not a palm tree, although they are often mistakenly identified as palms due to their similar shape. The name Dracaena Lisa comes from the Greek word drakaina, which means “dragon.” This is because, if you cut the stem of the Dracaena, the juice that seeps out resembles dragon’s blood.

Danny.

From: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

To: dantheman@zingmail.co.uk

Cc: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Well, that settles it

I hate my life.

See you guys at school.

Love, me xxx

From: jess.delby@zingmail.co.uk

To: anna_huntley@zingmail.co.uk

Cc: dantheman@zingmail.co.uk

Subject: Re: Well, that settles it

Three million views and counting!

J x
About The Author

Katy Birchall is the author of The It Girl series. She also works at Country Life magazine as their Deputy Features Editor. Katy won the 24/7 Theatre Festival Award in 2011 for Most Promising New Comedy Writer with her very serious play about a ninja monkey at a dinner party. Her pet Labradors are the loves of her life, she is mildly obsessed with Jane Austen, and one day she hopes to wake up as an elf in The Lord of the Rings. She grew up in Essex and currently lives in Brixton.

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