Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet


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$17.99  $16.73
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.6 X 8.4 X 1.5 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Laekan Zea Kemp is a writer living in Austin, Texas. She has three objectives when it comes to storytelling: to make people laugh, cry, and crave Mexican food. Her work celebrates Chicane grit, resilience, creativity, and joy while exploring themes of identity and mental health. Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet is her debut YA contemporary novel. She invites you to visit her at or follow her on Twitter @LaekanZeaKemp.


"Wonderfully realized characters, a vibrant setting, and so much more. I loved this."--Melina Marchetta, award-winning author of Jellicoe Road
"Pen and Xander will steal your heart. One to savor."--Laura Taylor Namey, author of A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow
"A bold new voice to watch in children's fiction."--Eric Smith, author of Don't Read the Comments
"An affecting, timely debut....Add it to your 2021 TBR list immediately."--Liz Lawson, author of The Lucky Ones
"Like the delicious food and decadent desserts described within its pages, Kemp's debut explores the often bitter and sweet complexity of family, new love, and what it means to find home. "--Mia García, author of The Resolutions
"Pen and Xander's unforgettable love story refuses to sugarcoat difficult topics, but instead deftly explores them with a thoughtful hand. A cathartic read and new favorite author."--Nina Moreno, author of Don't Date Rosa Santos