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Girl, Aloud by Emily Gale

Kass Kennedy is in the spotlight, thanks to her Dad. He plans on selling her soul to the Devil – or at any rate to Simon Cowell when she finds herself pushed into an X-Factor audition. Kass could just say no, but her dad’s manic-depressive mood swings are a constant worry and he has her in an emotional half-Nelson.

Just when things couldn’t get worse, Kass falls for a gorgeous older boy, also named Cass. She’s amazed when he appears to like her, but it turns out this boy is her best friend’s long-term crush. What’s a girl to do? Everything Kass thought she understood starts to fall apart and the only person she can turn to is grumpy Simon Cowell (literally in her dreams).

She might not be able to sing her way out of a paper bag, but Kass discovers that she isn’t a choker when it comes to sorting out real life.

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