Award-winning author Hadley Dyer’s YA debut is smart, snarky, and emotionally gripping, about a rebellious cop’s daughter who falls in love with an older man, loses her best friend, and battles depression, all while trying to survive her last year of high school.
Feisty and fearless George Warren (given name: Frances, but no one calls her that) has never let life get too serious. Now that she’s about to be a senior, her plans include partying with her tight-knit group of friends and then getting the heck out of town after graduation.
But instead of owning her last year of high school, a fight with her best friend puts her on the outs of their social circle. If that weren’t bad enough, George’s family has been facing hard times since her father, a police sergeant, got injured and might not be able to return to work, which puts George’s college plans in jeopardy.
So when George meets Francis, an older guy who shares her name and her affinity for sarcastic banter, she’s thrown. If she lets herself, she’ll fall recklessly, hopelessly in love. But because of Francis’s age, she tells no one—and ends up losing almost everything, including herself.
This is a gorgeous, atmospheric, and gut-wrenching novel that readers won’t soon forget.
“A gorgeous read, so wonder-full of surprises.”
“A sad, funny, heartbreaking, and beautiful book.”
“A refreshing and engrossing tale about an illicit romance, sure to be a page-turner for teens. The voices are authentic and witty — hats off to Dyer.”
“A deeply felt romance constructed with equal respect to both sides, this love story is bittersweet like a Joseph Monniger novel, and equally hard to forget.”
“With unpredictable plot twists and an entertaining streak of sarcasm, Dyer explores the blurred lines between right and wrong and the risks and dangers of an all-encompassing love.”
“A lush, romantic tale of star-crossed lovers. Dyer depicts first passion and love with a precise, delicate hand. Robust in wisdom and sparkling word play, this is a thoroughly satisfying read.”
“Empathetic, comforting, and wise. A story about forbidden love. Poetic realism at its finest.”
“Evocative and literary.”