I'd Rather Burn Than Bloom
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About the Author
Winner of the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, Young Adult
"Readers who relish deep character development will appreciate Marisol's messy evolution toward self-forgiveness...Heart-wrenching and heart-filled."
-Publishers Weekly (starred) "This poignant coming of age story, told in alternating "then" and "now" segments, takes readers on a complicated and isolated journey of loss, with welcome moments of humor."
-Horn Book Magazine "A moving meditation on grief and the healing balm of forgiveness--especially self-forgiveness. I'd Rather Burn than Bloom is a light in all the dark places that healing requires we tread. A brilliant, bold debut!"
-Aminah Mae Safi, author of Tell Me How You Really Feel "In her smart, poignant and tear-jerking debut, Rogers expertly navigates the light and the dark, ensuring a delicate balance of laughter and tears from her readers. An aching and urgent book about love, loss and finding one's place in the world."
-Aditi Khorana, author of Mirror in the Sky