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  • Published: 3 September 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241643426
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

A Girl Can Dream



Love story and un-love story intertwine in the brand-new thriller-romance from the YA bestselling author of The One Memory of Flora Banks and Ghosted.

Venice, 2024

Hazel has managed to escape her destructive relationship with her older boyfriend. In the dreamy Italian sunshine, she is able to stop looking over her shoulder in case Freddie has followed her. But there’s a girl she keeps seeing in the city. A girl with beautiful eyes. And whenever Hazel sees her and their eyes meet, something strange seems to happen . . .

England, 2022

Hazel goes to see an up-and-coming local band. She locks eyes with the lead singer, Freddie, and he finds her afterwards and slips her his number. She’s not even 16. He is ten years older. She knows it’s stupid. She didn’t even think it was boys she was into. But it’s everything a girl could dream of. Until it’s absolutely not . . .

  • Published: 3 September 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241643426
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Emily Barr

Emily Barr worked as a journalist in London but always hankered after a quiet room and a book to write. She went travelling for a year, which gave her an idea for a novel set in the world of backpackers in Asia. This became Backpack, an adult thriller which won the WH Smith New Talent Award, and she has since written eleven more adult novels published in the UK and around the world. The One Memory of Flora Banks is her first novel for young adults. She lives in Cornwall with her partner and their children.

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Praise for A Girl Can Dream

Original plot and charming protagonist . . . Her [Emily's] page-turning talents are put to good use as the reader accompanies a brave teenager on a journey to discover who she really is.

Irish Times on The One Memory of Flora Banks

Mesmerizing, electric, and achingly lovely . . . One of the best YA novels I've read in a very long time

Jennifer Niven on The One Memory of Flora Banks

If you like dark fiction you'll devour it

Heat - on The Truth and Lies of Ella Black

A thoroughly enjoyable love story

The Times