A few years ago Hannah described to me a new story she was working on, about “a girl who gets kicked out of her lesbian clique for not being a big enough lesbian.” She’s always had a knack for pitching her own work… When I read the first draft I discovered Etta, a girl defying categories, finding the strength to simply be in a world crowded by others’ expectations.
Today, NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED hits shelves…
Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.
Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere—until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca might be Etta’s salvation…but can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?