If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they’d tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student, and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy.
But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world—letters he never intends to send—he spills the truth: he’s trying hard, but he just isn’t into Theresa. It’s his friend, a boy, who lingers in his thoughts.
James’s secret letters are his safe space—but his truth can’t stay hidden for long. Will he come clean to his parents, his teammates, and himself, or is he destined to live a life of fiction?
This heartfelt debut novel explores the muddy landscape of truth and lies and lays bare the sometimes painful but often hopeful work of writing one’s own authentic story.
Published by Harper Collins/Harper Teen June 07, 2016.
“A funny and realistic coming-out tale… The rounded characters deal with betrayal and honesty and love and near tragedy in ways teen readers, gay or straight, will recognize. Just the right touch of humor, mystery, drama, and romance should earn this a place on every teen bookshelf.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Find it at your favorite bookseller (or one of mine):
- Harper Collins
- Barnes & Noble
- Bear Pond Books (Montpelier, VT)
- Books of Wonder (Manhattan, NY)
- Dog Eared Books (San Francisco, CA)
- Green Apple Books (San Francisco, CA)
- Green Light Bookstore (Brooklyn, NY)
- Left Bank Books (Hanover, NH)
- McNally Jackson Books (Manhattan, NY)
- Norwich Bookstore (Norwich, VT)
- Powell’s (Portland, OR)
- ISBN-13: 9780062380258
- ISBN-10: 0062380257
- Publisher: Harper Teen
- Publish Date: June 2016
- Page Count: 336
- Age Range: Age 14 and up