Not Here to Be Liked (Paperback)

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Eliza Quan is the managing editor of her school newspaper and fully expects to be elected editor in chief. When Len DiMartile decides to run on a whim and wins, Eliza has had enough and writes an essay decrying the patriarchal election results, someone anonymously posts the essay and it's all the entire school can talk about. Eliza and Len end up co-editing the paper to demonstrate civility and cooperation and may begin to fall for each other. A fast-paced YA romcom that touches on gender equality and what feminism really means.

— Cathy


“A smart romance with heart and guts and all the intoxicating feelings in between.” —Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes

Emergency Contact meets Moxie in this cheeky and searing novel that unpacks just how complicated new love can get…when you fall for your enemy.

Eliza Quan is the perfect candidate for editor in chief of her school paper. That is, until ex-jock Len DiMartile decides on a whim to run against her. Suddenly her vast qualifications mean squat because inexperienced Len—who is tall, handsome, and male—just seems more like a leader.

When Eliza’s frustration spills out in a viral essay, she finds herself inspiring a feminist movement she never meant to start, caught between those who believe she’s a gender equality champion and others who think she’s simply crying misogyny.

Amid this growing tension, the school asks Eliza and Len to work side by side to demonstrate civility. But as they get to know one another, Eliza feels increasingly trapped by a horrifying realization—she just might be falling for the face of the patriarchy himself.

New York Times New and Upcoming Young Adult Book to Watch For * A Junior Library Guild Selection * Parents Magazine Best Books of the Year * NPR Best Books of the Year * Kirkus Best Books of the Year * Rise: A Feminist Book Project Book of the Year * A CCBC Choices Pick of the Year * Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year *

About the Author

Michelle Quach is a graphic designer and writer living in Los Angeles. She’s Chinese Vietnamese American and a graduate of Harvard University, where she studied history and literature. You can find her online at

Praise For…

"A fresh take on high school and activism." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"An interesting meditation on what it means to be a Gen Z feminist. Eliza is a compelling character. This mettle-bearing romcom is ideal for any teenager interested in not just feminist philosophy but also what it means to carry that philosophy into the real world." — Booklist

Not Here to Be Liked is a truly excellent book.” — NPR Books

"A fresh voiced debut, perfect for anyone who has ever felt unlikable. Not Here To Be Liked is a sharply intelligent read with a touch of painful reality that will leave a mark on your heart." — Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series 

“Quach’s sparkling debut is a fantastic examination of feminism, full of insight and heart. A must read for those who love coming of age stories with a touch of romance.”  — Roselle Lim, author of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

“A smart romance with heart and guts and all the intoxicating feelings in between.” — Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author 13 Little Blue Envelopes

“Deeply insightful and completely entertaining from start to finish—just like its heroine. Eliza Quan is my new favorite feminist.” — Misa Sugiura, author of This Time Will Be Different

"Not Here to Be Liked is a fierce coming of age story that had me cheering! Michelle Quach deftly explores intersectional feminism, first love, and complicated family relationships with honesty and heart." — Elise Bryant, author of Happily Ever Afters

“Equal parts funny and thought-provoking, Not Here to Be Liked deftly explores the joys and complexities of feminism, family, and first romance. Eliza isn’t here to be liked, but you’ll fall in love with her—and Michelle Quach’s bright new voice--all the same.” — Katie Henry, author of Heretics Anonymous

“A great feminist read.”  — San Francisco Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063038387
ISBN-10: 0063038382
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: December 20th, 2022
Pages: 384
Language: English