What We Left Behind (Original)

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Harlequin Teen
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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.4 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Robin Talley studied literature and communications at American University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her wife, but visits both Boston and New York regularly despite her moral opposition to Massachusetts winters and Times Square. Her first book was 2014's Lies We Tell Ourselves. Visit her online at robintalley.com or on Twitter at @robin_talley.


"Talley continues to tackle tough issues with unvarnished honesty. While Toni's awareness takes flight, Gretchen's confusion about the nature of their relationship (are they lesbians anymore?) and fears of saying the wrong thing steadies the narrative and resonates as well-intentioned and sympathetic." -Booklist

"Characterization is poignant and razor-sharp... Emotionally astute." -Kirkus

"With vividly drawn characters and killer prose, this is Robin Talley's writing at its best. I couldn't put it down. What We Left Behind perfectly portrays the tumultuous and scary (but exciting!) time transitioning between high school and college, when teens begin to find out who they really are." -Miranda Kenneally, bestselling author of Catching Jordan

"What We Left Behind is a honest and searing love story, impressively complex and nuanced in its examination of the evolution of a long-distance relationship. A lot of words will be used to describe Robin Talley's follow-up to the acclaimed Lies We Tell Ourselves: Important. Brave. Necessary. They will all be true, and everyone should read this book." -I.W. Gregorio, author of None of the Above

"Robin Talley beautifully captures the feeling of falling in love, falling apart, and finding your truth in this powerful novel. Toni and Gretchen's journey will make readers feel all the feels. An important read about strength, self, and discovery." -Tess Sharpe, author of Far From You

"This title is a must-read for high school Gay Straight Alliance members...Toni's genderqueer identity contributes a fresh perspective to LGBTQ fiction. Recommended for all collections." -School Library Journal, starred review