Can't Take That Away

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Bloomsbury YA
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5.8 X 8.4 X 1.4 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Steven Salvatore is a gay, genderqueer author, educator, Mariah Carey lamb, and Star Wars fanatic who spends most days daydreaming and making up stories. They have an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. They were formerly a full-time Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Writing Center at The College of New Rochelle. After the college permanently closed in 2019, they took a step back from teaching full-time to focus on their writing, though they do still teach at a few colleges while running a writing workshop at The LOFT, an LGBT resource center in White Plains, New York. Steven currently lives in Peekskill, New York, with their amazingly patient husband, whose name is also Steve.


Can't Take That Away is a charming, inspiring story about being true to who you are, regardless of what others see. A perfect balance of queer joy and resistance, this power ballad of a story will leave you changed . . . for good. - Phil Stamper, bestselling author of THE GRAVITY OF US

Can't Take That Away is an honest, joyful, sparkling story of love, friendship, and the unique pride that comes with being yourself in the face of adversity. Carey deserves a standing ovation! - Jessica Verdi, author of FOLLOW YOUR ARROW and AND SHE WAS

This charming, joyful story--about self-love, fighting for what's right, and the love to be found in chosen family--will make you want to put on a pair of red heels and blast Mariah Carey. - Booklist, starred review

A defiant love letter to queer youth; honest, brutal, and more important than ever. - Kirkus Reviews

This page turner is a perfect pick for music lovers, budding activists, and kids questioning their own gender identities. - BCCB

A fresh voice + a genderqueer teen + one Wicked musical + fighting against the establishment + first love = A page-turning YA debut. Recommended for all YA collections. - School Library Journal

Filled with big emotions. . . as empowering as it is entertaining, Salvatore's debut novel hits all the right notes. - BookPage

Carey's journey is refreshingly optimistic. . . . Salvatore tackles hard topics such as anti-LGBTQ bullying, suicidal ideation, and grief, but also emphasizes the joy found in community and living one's truth. - Publishers Weekly