By Jennifer Dugan
If you’re interested in a realistic romance between two people with their own very different backgrounds taking place in the trenches we call high school, then this book is for you!
Genre(s): Realistic Fiction
Recommended Age Level: 12+
Morgan, an elite track athlete, is forced to transfer high schools late in her senior year after it turns out being queer is against her private Catholic school's code of conduct. There, she meets Ruby, who has two hobbies: tinkering with her baby blue 1970 Ford Torino and competing in local beauty pageants, the latter to live out the dreams of her overbearing mother. The two are drawn to each other and can't deny their growing feelings. But while Morgan--out and proud, and determined to have a fresh start--doesn't want to have to keep their budding relationship a secret, Ruby isn't ready to come out yet. With each girl on a different path toward living her truth, can they go the distance together?
I really enjoyed this book — the characters were all unique, and the ways they clashed and got along because of their differing personalities were truly thought out by the author. The plot, while realistic, was engaging and kept you rooting for the characters. Told through the two main girls’ point of views, you really get to see both sides of this great story!
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