As Many Nows As I Can Get
In Youngdahl's complex and compassionately written debut, a grounded overachiever falls in love with an electrically-charged boy. Natives of the small town of Graceville, Colorado, Scarlett and David have known each other all their lives. They both have big plans beyond high school and never expected to become romantically involved during the summer after graduation. David's magnetism and dependence on drugs led Scarlett to dangerous places and her obsession with him doesn't end after she leaves for college. He continues to affect every aspect of her life leaving Scarlett a distraught and isolated physics student.
Color Me in
Díaz's debut draws from her own experience in this powerful coming-of-age story about friendship, first romance and racial intolerance. Nevaeh Levitz grew up in an affluent suburb of New York City and never thought much about her biracial roots. Her life turns upside-down when her African-American mom and Jewish dad separate and she relocates to Harlem to live with her maternal grandparents. Because Nevaeh passes as white, her cousins think she doesn't understand their struggles. Meanwhile, her father insists she have a belated Bat Mizvah instead of a sweet 16 party. It's only when Nevaeh stumbles upon a secret from her mother's past and finds herself falling in love that she breaks her silence and finally finds her voice.
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph
Stonewall Award–winner Colbert (Finding Yvonne, 2018) delivers another coming-of-age story this time about Dove "Birdie" Randolph who faces challenges during the summer before her junior year of high school. Birdie is successful at being “the perfect daughter” and following the path her parents have laid out for her. That is until she falls for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past whom she knows her strict parents would never approve of. Then Birdie's aunt Carlene, fresh out of rehab, comes to live with them creating tension at home. In the midst of this chaos, a huge family secret is exposed that rocks the foundation of Birdie’s life!
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