This warm, witty novel-with a clear, true voice and a clever soundtrack of musical references-sings a song of love and forgiveness.
Kris Dinnison has spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian. Nowadays, she helps run the retail and cafe businesses she owns with her husband, she hikes, and she spins classic vinyl. This is her debut YA novel. She lives in Spokane, Washington. Visit her website at www.krisdinnison.net.
"The characters here are effectively nuanced, flawed but forgivable
as they muddle through teenage conundrums of loyalty and love."
"All of the protagonists . . .are pushed to ask themselves what
expectations other people have of them and whether or not they have
accepted these as their own. In the end, Maggie and the others
become fully realized characters whose actions cannot be predicted
by a YA lit algorithm."
--School Library Journal "A powerful tale with an emotional rawness that will resonate with readers."
--Booklist "Dinnison adeptly portrays the rising and falling hopes within an unconventional love triangle. . . . Readers will follow [Maggie] eagerly as she finds her voice and identity."
--Publishers Weekly "Fans of realistic fiction featuring friendship, loyalty, and trust will enjoy this book."--VOYA "Firmly at the center stands a protagonist whose likable voice and authentic struggle to accept herself and find love in a world that would rather she shrink back--not to mention her crackling chemistry with Tom--lend this fresh, contemporary romantic comedy considerable appeal."
--Horn Book Magazine