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When We Were Good
By author: Suzanne Sutherland
Selling Points: "lesbian, grieving, punk pock"
Publisher: Sumach Press
Pub Date: Feb/01/2013
Pages: 240
Fiction Ages 14+
Price:  $14.95
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The year 2000 isn't starting out too well for Toronto high school senior Katherine Boatman. Not only has her oldest friend ditched her for yet another boyfriend, her beloved grandmother died on New Year's Eve, leaving a void of goodness in her life that Katherine's not sure how to fill.

While overwhelmed with sadness and self-doubt, Katherine unexpectedly finds new love, both for Toronto's underground music scene and for her would-be savior: a straight-edge, loudmouthed misfit named Marie.

As Katherine seeks comfort in jagged guitars, mind-reading poets and honest conversations, she struggles to figure out not only what she and Marie might mean to each other, but also what it truly means to be good.
CM Magazine - November 28, 2014
"There is an abundance of useful and sometimes wonderful images..., quirky humour where one least expects it, and soul wrenching honesty. Katherine is a protagonist who really lives...Highly Recommended."
VOYA - February 1, 2014
"Sutherland is able to capture the confusion and despair in losing your closest friend and the only person who seemed to understand you and still manages to provide an 'it gets better' message...A good addition to LGBTQ offerings."

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