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Dress Codes for Small Towns

Courtney Stevens

Stevens’ (The Lies about Truth, 2015) spirited novel tells the story of a memorable summer in Otters Holt, Kentucky that’s filled with big mistakes, small lies, and numerous misunderstandings. Always a troublemaker, Billie McCaffrey never fit the conventional mold of a preacher’s daughter. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends known as the Hexagon. But the summer before her senior year, Billie’s relationships with her friends begins to shift. When Janie Lee confesses that she’s in love with Woods, Billie realizes that she is also in love with Woods, and maybe with Janie Lee too. She keeps her conflicting feelings to herself because Billie doesn’t want anyone slapping a label on her sexuality before she can figure it out for herself.