Charlotte Cuts It Out


Lydia and I were in eighth grade when we came up with our Grand Plan to go to cosmetology school and get jobs to build our clientele while we earned business degrees. Then we’d open our own salon . . .  

Now Charlotte and Lydia are juniors, in a Cosmetology Arts program where they’ll get on-the-job training and college credits at the same time. The Grand Plan is right on schedule.

Which means it’s time for Step Two: Win the Winter Style Showcase, where Cos Arts and Fashion Design teams team up to dazzle the judges with their skills.

Charlotte is sure that she and Lydia have it locked up—so sure, in fact, that she makes a life-changing bet with her mother, who wants her to give up cos for college.

And that’s when things start going off the rails.

As the clock ticks down to the night of the Showcase, Charlotte has her hands full. Design divas. Models who refuse to be styled. Unexpectedly stiff competition. And then, worst of all, Lydia—her BFF and Partner in Cos—turns out to have a slightly different Grand Plan . .

Like 45 Pounds (More or Less), K.A. Barson’s Charlotte Cuts it Out is a funny, relatable story set in the heart of the Midwest, just right for girls who have big dreams of their own.

Available in

Hardcover - ISBN 978-0451468932 - 368 pages - 5 April 2016 - Viking Books for Young Readers

​E-book - ISBN 978-0698151826 - 368 pages - 5 April 2016 - Viking Books for Young Readers


What people are saying

“Readers will admire the hero’s gumption, grit, and moments of genuine kindness. . . . The upbeat, smooth-talking dialogue…moves the story along at a brisk pace.” 

-School Library Journal

"An engaging...exploration of the need for a personal makeover on all levels."


"Overall a charming read that explores the conflict between how we are perceived and how we see ourselves." 


​"I adore this book. It's smart and funny and sassy, and Charlotte is a girl who just does not give up." 

-Tirzah Price, The Compulsive Reader