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by Carrie Mac

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lgbt, self-esteem & self-reliance, new experience
list price: $9.95
also available: Hardcover eBook
published: 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
12 to 100
8 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 100
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  • Short-listed, YALSA Quick Picks
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
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Because of a moment of indiscretion, Hope's parents send her to New York to spend the summer with her hipster sister while they travel to Thailand. Miserable, Hope ends up meeting Nat, and developing a powerful crush. The only problem is that Nat is a girl. Hope is pretty sure she isn't gay. Or is she? Struggling with new feelings, fitting in and a strange city far from home, Hope finds that love—and acceptance—comes in many different forms.

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Isn't she fazed by any of this? Does she do this all the time? Make unsuspecting, seemingly straight girls squirm? Or am I making it all up? But making up what? The butterflies are real. The fact that I want to kiss her is real.

Would kissing a girl be different from kissing boys? If all I did was kiss her would that make me queer? Are you queer just for thinking it? Or does doing it make you queer? And what if I don't want to be queer? Do I get a say in this at all?

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Editorial Reviews

"Absolutely charming...Mac infuses so much passion and heart into...this witty, entertaining glimpse into one kid’s summer of discovering that 'life is really hard if you’re a person who's alive.'"

— Gerogia Straight

"[A] strong story of love and sexual identity, rooted in well-drawn characters and well-imagined situations."

— Quill & Quire

"This book achieves the goal of providing a provocative storyline with high teen appeal...Recommended."

— CM Magazine

"A bright, lovely novel...well thought out."

— Hi-Rise

"An emotionally complex story. Communal living, drug addiction, and, of course, the lesbian content will all be sure-fire discussion points, and these same elements, especially the hot romance, make this an intriguing book for fluent and struggling readers alike."

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“I was impressed by this book and how it handled a sensitive and potentially awkward situation.”

— Resource Links
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About the Author

Carrie Mac

Carrie Mac's first novel The Beckoners won the Arthur Ellis YA Award, is a CLA Honour book. She is available for school and library presentations, and has been known to hold the interest of a couple hundred teens where others have failed. Maybe it's the tattoos. For more information, visit www.carriemac.com.

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