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Eliza Quan fully expects to be voted the next editor-in-chief of her school paper. She works hard, she respects the facts, and she has the most experience.
Len DiMartile is an injured star baseball player who seems to have joined the paper just to have something to do. Naturally, the staff picks Len to be their next leader. Because while they may respect Eliza, they don't particularly like her.
Eliza is not here to be liked. She's here to win.
But someone does like Eliza. A lot.
Shame it's the boy standing in the way of her becoming editor-in-chief....
Warning: This book features an unlikable female character, intersectional feminism, and instruction for the fall of the patriarchy. And kissing, lots of kissing.
Michelle Quach is a Chinese-Vietnamese-American who spent a lot of time working for student newspapers, including The Crimson at Harvard College, where she earned a BA in history and literature. Currently a graphic designer at a brand strategy firm in Los Angeles, Not Here To Be Liked is her first novel.
Cover illustration by Kevin Wada (c) Usborne Publishing, 2021
“Feisty, funny and fierce. Not Here To Be Liked is packed with honesty and heart. I was cheering Eliza Quan on as she figures out feminism and following her dreams – all whilst falling in love.” Beth Garrod, author of The Super Awkward series.
"A fresh voiced debut, perfect for anyone who has ever felt unlikable. Not Here To Be Liked is a sharply intelligent read with a touch of painful reality that will leave a mark on your heart." Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series
“Quach’s sparkling debut is a fantastic examination of feminism, full of insight and heart. A must read for those who love coming of age stories with a touch of romance.” Roselle Lim, author of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune
“A smart romance with heart and guts and all the intoxicating feelings in between.” Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author 13 Little Blue Envelopes
"Not Here to Be Liked is a fierce coming of age story that had me cheering! Michelle Quach deftly explores intersectional feminism, first love, and complicated family relationships with honesty and heart." Elise Bryant, author of Happily Ever Afters
“Equal parts funny and thought-provoking. Eliza isn’t here to be liked, but you’ll fall in love with her—and Michelle Quach’s bright new voice—all the same.” Katie Henry, author of Heretics Anonymous