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How Maya Got Fierce

How Maya Got Fierce

Sona Charaipotra



The Bold Type meets Younger in How Maya Got Fierce by Sona Charaipotra, a YA fish-out-of-water contemporary novel!

Maya dreams of working in magazines. But as the daughter of garlic farmers, her path is set: It’s off to Cow Camp instead. And when she accidentally destroys valuable property and gets kicked out of the program, she can’t tell her parents—or ask for the thousands of dollars she owes.

Desperate to earn enough to pay for her mistake, Maya interviews for an internship at Fierce fashion magazine—and ends up getting a full-time job offer! The only problem? They think she’s 26.

Maya is so close to making her dreams come true, even if the glam life at Fierce isn’t quite as shiny and fun as she hoped. But when she suggests the perfect candidate for a big story—and manages to get the scoop—all eyes are on her. How long can she keep her real age from her boss—and her real life from her parents?

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Praise for How Maya Got Fierce

Praise for Symptoms of a Heartbreak:

"A rom-com with heart." —People

"Thought-provoking." —Entertainment Weekly

"Fans of YA contemporary don't want to miss this one." —Buzzfeed

"A rich, multi-layered story." —NPR

"Smart, tender and thoughtful."
—Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Sun Is Also a Star

"Kept me glued to the edge of my seat from the first page to the last."
—Sandhya Menon, New York Times–bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi

"Readers will fall in love with Girl Genius Saira, who is fierce, brilliant, flawed, and utterly relatable."
—Samira Ahmed, New York Times–bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other Filters and Internment

"Pitch-perfect rom-com...absolutely unputdownable."
—Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Dumplin'


Sona Charaipotra

Sona Charaipotra has worked as a celebrity reporter at People and TeenPeople and contributed to publications ranging from the New York Times to TeenVogue. She uses her master's in screenwriting from NYU and her MFA in creative writing from the New School to poke plot holes in her favorite teen TV shows—for work, of course. She is the cofounder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent, the coauthor of the YA dance dramas Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces, as well as the psychological thriller The Rumor Game, and the author of Symptoms of a Heartbreak and How Maya Got Fierce. She is a proud We Need Diverse Books team member.

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