From Stonewall Book Award winner Brandy Colbert comes a novel about first love and secrets, perfect for fans of Nina LaCour and Nicola Yoon.
Dove "Birdie" Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her. She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she's on track to finish high school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past, whom she knows her parents will never approve of.
When her estranged aunt Carlene returns to Chicago and moves into the family's apartment above their hair salon, Birdie notices the tension building at home. Carlene is sweet, friendly, and open-minded--and she has also spent decades in and out of treatment facilities for addiction. As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker and Carlene, she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she's known to be true is turned upside down.
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"The book may actually help struggling teens realize that they are not alone in whatever hardships they may face."-- "School Library Connection"
"Brilliantly delves into first loves, forbidden romance, rebellion, and family expectations--all of which teens will strongly relate to."-- "Booklist (starred review)"
"An emotionally gripping tale about family and young love and how they can be your entire world while still being worlds apart."-- "Kirkus Reviews"