The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke
An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process.
Skulking near the bottom of West High’s social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she’s had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her $40 to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now–unbelievably–Sideways’ best friends.
Together, the four bond to form a ferocious and powerful coven. They plan parties, cast curses on dudebros, try to find Sideways a girlfriend, and elude the fundamentalist witch hunters hellbent stealing their magic. But for Sideways, the hardest part is the whole ‘having friends’ thing. Who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated?
Rich with the urgency of feral youth, The Scapegracers explores growing up and complex female friendship with all the rage of a teenage girl. It subverts the trope of competitive mean girls and instead portrays a mercilessly supportive clique of diverse and vivid characters. It is an atmospheric, voice-driven novel of the occult, and the first of a three-book series.
Omg, this sounds so completely and utterly amazing for so many reasons. Number one: THAT COVER. Omfg, i needddddd. number two: i love a good contemporary. number three: um, i love the whole concept of the falling in love montage. I’ve always had a thing for commenting on them and mentioning them and omfg i can’t. number four: this just sounds so amazing and the feels and like can this be in my hands now?
✔️ THIS BOOK IS MULAN APPROVED!
Okay, like, no princesses have a girl gang??? What is this madness??? So, I think Mulan would be totally all for a girl gang, though. She would be eagerly joining the Scapegracers to take down injustices and empowering leading ladies.
What do you think? Is this on your book TBR as well?