While most enter high school as virgins, few leave as one.
"Loved this story! Fun, warm and witty, Meredith First perfectly captured the feelings of a high school girl trying to navigate her way through the halls of Gridley High. Whether you're 15 or 55, you'll enjoy the trials and tribulations of this vulnerable yet bright and scrappy girl as she grows, both emotionally and physically, into a woman." Karen H.
"Very interesting and entertaining story. All the makings of a great movie!" Cindy G.
"This book is creatively written and will pull you into tears followed by laughter." RoseMarie J Curcuru
What would you do if a fear of sudden death consumed your life?
If you were Meredith First, you'd spend many years in denial before finally surrendering to God. Then you'd quit your job, change your life and write the True-Life Novels that were literally haunting your dreams.
Meg Monahan is hosting the wedding of her best friend, Anne Calzaretta, while keeping a secret she's not prepared to face, let alone share. On the eve of the wedding, Meg and Anne flash back to high school in 1978 rural Gridley, California, when things seemed so much easier to Anne. Meg doesn't remember it that way, as she has to confront her betrayal of Anne, her ultimate forgiveness and her ability to move on with her life.
The Group, as they have been called since middle school, have been friends forever. Now living professional lives in Sacramento, they discover they never really escaped their high school images.
Fourteen-year-old Meg keeps a journal she refers to as The Virgin Diaries, where she recounts her life as a Gridley Girl. When Meg is chosen to be a peer counselor, she is confronted with a new romance of her own, and her peers coming to her for advice on taboo subjects. Enough to scare any girl, but religiously confused, half-Mormon Meg loses her mind. Some would say literally.
Anne is the girl who has everything: dark good looks, a perfect body and athleticism that went from cheerleading to field hockey to swimming. There was nothing she couldn't do. It all came crashing down when she discovered Meg betrayed her by sharing the most important secret of her life.
The blond, girl-next-door, Jennifer Cone is every parents dream. A near perfect Mormon girl, she is raised in a very strict, religious household. As Meg's only safe confidante, Jennifer is in a very difficult position attempting to navigate life in high school.
Tonya Cena, the self-described Afri-Mex-Italian is the alpha female of The Group. Her larger than life personality is the only thing that surpasses her beauty as she helps keep the girls in line during conflict.
In her debut novel, Meredith First captures life as only a real Gridley Girl can. With the Gridley Girls Glossary to Seventies Pop Culture at the end of the book, she defines a generation in which everyone can relate. Gridley Girls: A True-Life Novel is a timeless story about the bonds of friendship, loss, betrayal and ultimate forgiveness that is within everyone if they choose.
Gridley Girls is the first book in a series of True-Life Novels of the same name. Each book flashes back to a different year in the lives of the Gridley Girls showing that regardless of how hard we may try, we never really escape our high school images. Decisions we make when we are young do come back to haunt us sometimes literally.