“Frese’s debut is a snappy novel with a relatable character that will resonate with readers.”

—LynnDee Wathen, Booklist

“This sun-and-salt-kissed coming-of-age story reads like a wry, honest chat with a close friend.”

—Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness

“Heather Frese has written a coming-of-age story like no other—with a fiercely original narrative voice that’s funny, brave, honest, and occasionally terrifying . . . in fact, compulsively readable!”

—Lee Smith, Blue Marlin and The Last Girls

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Evie Austin, native of Hatteras Island, NC, and baddest girl on the planet, has not lived her life in a straight line. There have been several detours—career snafus, bad romantic choices, a loved but unplanned child—not to mention her ill-advised lifelong obsession with boxer Mike Tyson. This is the story of what the baddest girl on the planet must find in herself when a bag of pastries, a new lover, or quick trip to Vegas won’t fix anything, when she must learn from her relationships but also look within to navigate the decisions and turning points in redefining a new notion of herself.

"In Heather Frese's novel, The Baddest Girl on the Planet, we meet Evie. Smart and sassy Evie. I loved this book. I loved its humor and its compassion. I loved the beautiful portrayal of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Most of all, I loved Evie. Rarely have I found a narrator so compulsively readable and identifiable, yet endlessly compelling in her complexity. Heather Frese has written a book that will break your heart, then put it back together into startling wholeness." ―Kelly Sundberg, author of Goodbye, Sweet Girl