Jukka Behm
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202 pages

Bunny Girl


An important, timely YA novel about temptation, sexuality and the dangers of chasing likes online.

Fifteen-year-old Emilia is keeping a terrible secret. She sells her time to men. Strange, adult men who admire her pictures online and pay her for the privilege.

Emilia has no one to confide in, except for her stuffed toys. Her parents certainly wouldn’t understand. Her mum is always busy on her laptop and her dad has his own health problems to deal with. And it’s not like Emilia’s best friend Lila has time for her anymore. Not when Alexander’s around, anyway.

Emilia soon learns how easy it is to get lured into the dark side of the internet. But don’t worry, she’s got it all under control. Until, all of a sudden, she doesn’t.

A hugely important novel about the dangers of chasing likes on the internet by an author who understands the struggles that teenagers face in the digital era. Bunny Girl is Jukka Behm’s first YA novel about treading the difficult line between childhood and womanhood. With its honest depictions of female sexuality, teenage friendships and feeling misunderstood, Jukka Behm delivers a unique and relevant YA novel that is sure to make readers stop and think.

Bunny Girl was shortlisted for the prestigious Finlandia Junior Prize and was the winner of major Finnish publisher WSOY’s 2017 competition to find the best voice in YA literature.

Jukka Behm (b. 1973) is a Finnish author, originally from Riihimäki. Behm is a known name in fiction but Bunny Girl (Pehmolelytyttö, WSOY) is Behm’s first YA novel. It won WSOY’s prestigious YA novel writing competition and was shortlisted for the Finlandia Junior Prize in 2017. Many of Behm’s other novels are based outside of Finland and have been inspired by his travels. His debut work Dr. Mumbai (Tammi) won the 2007 Bonnier Nordic novel writing competition and has been translated into both Swedish and Norwegian.





Finnish PDF
English sample translation, 50pp


Prizes and nominations

2017, shortlisted for the Finlandia Junior Award for the best Children’s & YA book
2017, winner of the YA novel competition organized by WSOY


Rights sold

Czech (Euromedia)
Slovakian (Ikar)
Russia (Yauza)



“An important but shocking description of the harassment and assault faced by girls. The book is an apt portrayal of how the world of adults appears in the eyes of youth. The work reminds us how innocently a young person can become the victim of abuse and how hard it is for parents to understand the media world of teenagers. The writer places himself on the side of the protagonist and defends girls’ right to sexuality.” — The Finlandia Junior Prize Jury, 2017