For seventeen-year-old Ashley St. Helens, senior year is an endless stressfest with no hope in sight. Since her parents' death, she's had to deal with her micro-managing step-monster and her two narcissist step-sisters, whose fashion fetishes just make Ashley feel worse about her oversized feet. With dirty dishes and stinky laundry piling up at home, it seems that the Universe has deemed her the real-life Cinderella, especially since popular Jeff Prince has forgotten she exists. With help from her drag queen fairygodwhatever—and just the right shoes—Ashley finds her voice and fights back against the "perfect" materialistic life that traps her. But will her soulful transformation translate into the life she wants to have? Will she be able to escape to college, or will she have to give up on that dream? Post-modern, colorful, and quirky, Kristen Caven paints a relatable picture of teenage insecurities that will inspire readers to spark new conversations with their families about responsibility and empathy, morality and wastefulness, life choices, cross-dressing, and best of all, cleaning the house. A must-read for anyone who loves vintage footwear! This updated fourth edition includes bonus materials such as essays by the main characters and songs from the musical.
Kristen Caven always wanted to be an artist, but the writing bug bit her hard in college when she turned science papers into comic books and cartooned for the school newspaper. A graphic version of a dream about Cinderella planted the seed for a whole opera about contemporary, self-empowered fairytale princesses. And that opera has turned into a series of books.
As you can see, this author's creativity is not limited to the printed page. Her goal is to "write well in a variety of voices to illuminate, enlighten, inspire and amuse," and people call her a creative force. She has co-authored three psychology books, published two memoirs, and blogs on the sparkly upside of ADHD. She has won awards for her poetry, cartoons, essays, plays, and humor.
Kristen's books include Perfectly Revolting: My Glamorous Cartooning Career; The Reason She Left and Other Stories; The Bullying Antidote: Superpower Your Kids For Life, and On the Wings of Self-Esteem: A Companion for Personal Transformation. She has been published in numerous literary and commercial magazines.
Kristen lives, writes, and nurtures creativity in Oakland, California.
The year I was born was a bit like this one. There were protests in the national news and police beatings horrified the country. That was the year the Civil Rights Act was born.
Half a century later the next wave is crashing. But even as we are finally tearing down the icons of racism and closing the loopholes of privilege, human rights are under attack all over the world.
Underneath his makeup, my closeted gay fairy godfather character is a civil rights lawyer. This makes him even more of a hero to me!
#pride #blm #justice #civilrights #humanrights
The Souls of Her Feet: a Novel
As he worked, we talked and talked. He told me about his work. He’d had a brilliant legal career that went from being a habeas corpus petition specialist for a prestigious civil rights non-profit to directing a controversial innocence project for post-conviction relief, with all sorts of interesting human rights work in between. (Which, of course, made no sense to me in my heightened emotional state; all I understood that night was the “lawyer” part.) He talked about mom, and about dad. I told him all about school, and caught him up on some of our friends he used to know. Oh my GOD, it was great just to have someone to talk to like that... and to laugh! We joked about how he was my Harry godfather, my fairy godmother and—he pulled the collar of his dress aside a little to prove it—my hairy godmother, as well.