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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 112
Themes: suicide, depression, mental health, transgender, teen romance
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 22/Sep/2020
Fry Reading Level: 3.3
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? “An emotionally layered book with accurate insight into mental illness, ideal for reluctant readers.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Seventeen-year-old Penny is struggling to balance caring for Jude, her sister with mental health challenges, working part-time to help her mother with money issues and facing her final year of high school. She does not need any distractions. But then she meets Jack. The two of them click immediately. But as quickly as things heat up, they then cool down, and Penny isn’t sure why. Does she have room for her feelings for Jack alongside her worries that her sister is crashing into suicidal depression again?

Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “An emotionally layered book with accurate insight into mental illness, ideal for reluctant readers.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Realistic and well-developed...Highly Recommended.”
School Library Journal
“These engaging, fast-paced books...depict difficult topics with sensitivity.”

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