How to Be a Difficult Bitch

Claim Your Power, Ditch the Haters, and Feel Good Doing It

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 9

In the past, being a “difficult bitch” was bad. Girls weren’t supposed to call people out for their BS, stand up for themselves, or do their own thing..….not anymore!

This book embraces the insult with irreverent humor, encouraging readers to be themselves no matter what, including an exploration of the ways this phrase can be interpreted differently among people of different backgrounds.

Being a powerhouse is a choice. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a code of ethics. It takes work, a thick skin, and perseverance. In this book, you’ll learn the ins and outs of being a Difficult Bitch, from school to friends to body to life.

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 9
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Zest Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 152
Publication Date 2022-04-05
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN023000, YAN058000, YAN051200
Dewey 305.242/2
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 970
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Halley Bondy

Halley Bondy is a professional freelance writer, journalist, editor, producer, and mom based in Brooklyn. Her articles have appeared in NBC News, The Balance, Contently, Digital Trends, Bustle, Romper, The Outline, MTV, and more. She has written six books for Zest, including #MeToo and You: Everything You Need to Know about Consent, Boundaries, and More and Speak Up: A Guide to Having a Say and Speaking Your Mind.

Author: Mary C. Fernandez

Mary C. Fernandez is a business consultant and writer based in Durham, North Carolina.

Author: Zara Hanawalt

Zara Hanawalt is a writer and editor based in Chicago, Illinois. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Huffington Post,,,, and US Weekly.

Author: Sharon Lynn Pruitt-Young

Sharon Lynn Pruitt-Young is a freelance writer and author. Her work has been published in various publications including USA TODAY College, Persephone Magazine, Afro Punk, and Black Girl Nerds. She is based in Maryland.

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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“There are important life lessons within the covers of this book.” –Children’s Literature


“[U]nleash that inner bitch! . . . The title and bright cover art will attract browsers; the real-world applications and affirmative messages will keep them reading.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A thoughtful, engaging, bad-ass crash course in moxie, self-confidence, and self-love.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews