That's What Friends Do

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5.8 X 8.5 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Cathleen Barnhart holds a BA in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. That's What Friends Do is her first published novel.


"A dazzling debut, That's What Friends Do is a gorgeous, heartbreaking, and deeply felt tribute to the power of friendship." -- Paul Griffin, author of When Friendship Followed Me Home

"Barnhart artfully weaves two viewpoints together, offering a frank portrayal of middle school struggles and the ever-changing nature of friendship." -- Dee Romito, author of The BFF Bucket List

"The book opens the doors to honest and truthful experiences of damage as a result of gender stereotypes that painfully impact both girls and boys." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

"A careful introduction to consent and sexual harassment for a middle-grade audience... A worthy, timely, ambitious debut." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Readers who are beginning to navigate more complicated emotions and personal boundaries will appreciate this story which deftly handles sensitive topics like inappropriate touching and body autonomy." -- School Library Journal

"Fans of Barbara Dee, Ali Benjamin, and Lynda Mullaly Hunt will find this discussion of shattered friendships, toxic masculinity and bullying to be a riveting read." -- Young Adult Books Central

"Told in dual perspectives, this important book will generate conversations about rape culture, consent, and positive relationships." -- A Mighty Girl