October 2014 Debut of the Month.
Fascinating, commanding and stimulating; this work of fiction is steeped in the history of the American school integration struggle in the late 1950’s. The author has clearly done her research and written a provocative and yet somehow irresistibly beautiful novel. Talley picks you up and hurls you down in the middle of the brutal pack mentality, she spins you around, then gently slips hope and love inbetween the clamour and hatred. Sarah and Linda feel substantial and real; their dreams and fears, writhe and pulse from the pages. This is so thought-provoking it almost hurts to read it, yet every word is needed, is necessary and consequently this is a novel that lingers long after you've finished it. ~ Liz Robinson
It's 1959 The battle for civil rights is raging. And it's Sarah's first day of school as one of the first black students at previously all-white Jefferson High No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students - especially Linda, daughter of the town's most ardent segregationist. Sarah and Linda are supposed to despise each other. But the more time they spend together, the less their differences matter. And both girls start to feel something they've never felt before. Something they're determined ignore. Because its one thing to stand up to an unjust world - but another to be terrified of what's in your own heart.
Closing date: 07/09/2018
In addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Publication date: 03/10/2014
Publisher: Mira Ink an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
|Publication date:||3rd October 2014|
|Publisher:||Mira Ink an imprint of Harlequin (UK)|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage),|
Robin Talley grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, writing terrible teen poetry and riding a desegregation bus to the school across town. Robin lives in Washington, D.C., with her fiancée, plus an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. When Robin’s not writing, she’s often planning communication strategies at organizations fighting for equal rights and social justice. See Robin Talley on Instagram Click here to read our 'Ask the Author' feature with Robin Talley. Click here to read a Q&A with Robin Talley.More About Robin Talley