A stunning novel on love, loss, identity, and redemption, from Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Brandy Colbert
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. Los Angeles is where her friends and family are, along with her crush, Emil. And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.
But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new-the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself-or worse.
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About the Author
Alisha Wainwright is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.
Narrator Alisha Wainwright pours emotion into her performance. Taking her cues from the text, she sighs and laughs, her voice quavers and cracks, and listeners feel what Suzette is feeling. Wainwright's empathetic narration makes listeners care about all of the characters, and her performance connects with Colbert's layered, atmospheric story of family ties, identity, and figuring out how to do the right thing. The result is an affecting and engrossing audiobook that will resonate with listeners.-- "AudioFile"
[Colbert] further demonstrates her ability to convey the experiences of modern teen life with sensitivity, candor, and grace.-- "Chicago Tribune"
The book is extremely honest in its portrayal of mental illness, particularly how it affects sibling relationships, without veering into melodrama.-- "BuzzFeed"
This superbly written novel teems with meaningful depth, which is perfectly balanced by romance and the languorous freedom of summer.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
A moving, diverse exploration of the challenges of growing up and the complicated nature of loyalty.-- "School Library Journal (starred review)"
Colbert sensitively confronts misconceptions about mental illness, bisexuality, and intersectional identity. A vibrantly depicted Los Angeles and a rich, though at-times unwieldy, cast of characters create a convincing world. Readers will empathize with Suzette as she explores both her sexuality and the tricky line between honesty and betrayal.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
With compelling honesty, Colbert portrays Suzette's evolving understanding of her sexuality, Lionel's longing for self-sufficiency alongside the challenges of his mental illness, and the difficulty of shifting familial relationships.-- "Horn Book"
Hand to readers who like thoughtful, edgy stories with no easy answers.-- "VOYA"
A moving and well-realized examination of secrecy, trust, and intimacy.-- "Publishers Weekly"
A gripping novel that explores topics of sexuality, mental illness, and race.-- "Bookish"
[A] thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of identity, loyalty, and what it means to live with integrity...A stunningly good novel.-- "Kiersten White, author of Now I Rise"