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Review: Lux: The New Girl by Ashley Woodfolk

I am a HUGE fan of Ashley Woodfolk. So when I saw the Flyy Girls series I knew I had to read them. And I wasn’t disappointed. Lux is a fabulous lower YA title that will be perfect for new readers to YA. It fits into this wonderful category which doesn’t have nearly enough books! Keep reading this book review to find out if it’s for you!


Meet the Flyy Girls. The group of girls who seem like they can get away with anything. Veteran author Ashley Woodfolk pens a gorgeous and dynamic series of four Harlem highschoolers, each facing a crossroads of friendship, family, and love.

Lux Lawson is on a spree. Ever since her dad left, she’s been kicked out of every school that would take her, and this is her last chance: Harlem’s Augusta Savage School of the Arts. If this doesn’t work, Lux is off to military school, no questions asked. That means no more acting out, no more fights, and definitely no boyfriends. Focus on her photography, and make nice friends. That’s the deal.

Enter the Flyy Girls, three students who have it all together. The type of girls Lux needs to be friends with to stay out of trouble. And after charming her way into the group, Lux feels she’s on the right track. But every group has their secrets, including Lux. And when the past starts catching up with her, can she keep her place as a Flyy Girl?

In this searing series opener, Lux takes center stage as she figures out just how hard it can be to start over.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Lux: The New Girl is a fabulous start to a YA series about a group of girls. It’s a series that celebrates friendship, each delving further into one of the Flyy Girls. Lux’s story is one focused on trying to alter our image. About starting fresh and choosing to be someone else. She’s been expelled three times and the Augusta Savage School of the Arts is her last chance. Lux: The New Girl navigates her coming to terms with her father’s new family, and priorities, still struggling with how he left her.

Told with journal entries, Lux: The New Girl focuses on Lux’s fear of speaking our truth and being rejected. Of the pain and doubts associated with change. Re-invention is no easy process, especially when the past threatens to ruin all we’ve worked to accomplish. Can Lux move on from her past and have the strength to make amends? I loved this shorter YA novel and cannot wait to read about the other Flyy Girls!

Find Lux: The New Girl on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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