Wednesday, 27 February 2019

{Blog Tour} - Chicken Girl by Heather Smith


by Heather Smith
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: March 5th, 2019
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Poppy used to be an optimist. But after a photo of her dressed as Rosie the Riveter is mocked online, she's having trouble seeing the good in the world. As a result, Poppy trades her beloved vintage clothes for a feathered chicken costume and accepts a job as an anonymous sign waver outside a restaurant.

There, Poppy meets six-year-old girl Miracle, who helps Poppy see beyond her own pain, opening her eyes to the people around her: Cam, her twin brother, who is adjusting to life as an openly gay teen; Buck, a charming photographer with a cute British accent and a not-so-cute mean-streak; and Lewis a teen caring for an ailing parent, while struggling to reach the final stages of his gender transition. As the summer unfolds, Poppy stops glorifying the past and starts focusing on the present. But just as she comes to terms with the fact that there is good and bad in everyone, she is tested by a deep betrayal.

When Penguin Teen Canada first approached me with Chicken Girl by Heather Smith, I was reminded of how much I'd enjoyed The Agony of Bun O'Keefe. I was reminded of Heather Smith's touching and emotionally uplifting writing, and was immediately curious of Chicken Girl's prose. As I delved and researched further about the title, I discovered it held the potential to be dark, heartbreaking, but hopeful. With that said, I agreed to not only read and review Chicken Girl, but to additionally participate in the blog tour.

Chicken Girl by Heather Smith is about a teen named Poppy. Poppy, an optimistic fan girl, finds herself mocked online when a photo of her dressed as Rosie the Riveter makes it's rounds. At a loss for words, and with confidence slashed, Poppy begins to feel as though she can no longer see the good in others. Despite the love and support of her twin brother, Cam, Poppy accepts a job wearing a chicken suit, and there she meets Miracle, a young girl whom inexplicably helps Poppy. Further along she meets Buck and Lewis, two vastly different individuals, on their own unpleasant paths.

First and foremost, I didn't like Buck (I just want to clear the air and put it right on out there). He was a dreadful person, and not the best influence on Poppy. However, subtracting Buck from the equation, Chicken Girl was a phenomenal book. It focused on discovering one's self-worth, self-love, healing, growth, and acceptance. Poppy, Cam, and Lewis' journeys were perhaps my favorite throughout Chicken Girl. I was fully invested in Poppy and Cam's relationship with one another, and with Lewis' struggle to transition. My heart ached as I further delved into their story, chapter by chapter, and at the very end I was pleasantly satisfied with the outcome. Heather Smith's writing was just as beautiful in Chicken Girl as it was in The Agony of Bun O'Keefe. What I hope readers will take from Chicken Girl is a better outlook on the inner struggles of others around us. I hope that by reading this people will become more sympathetic, more supportive, more observant, and more intuitive. All in all, I felt that Heather Smith's Chicken Girl was phenomenal, and look forward to sharing it with other fellow readers.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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