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When We Were Good

by Suzanne Sutherland

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list price: $10.99
edition:eBook
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published: April 2013
ISBN:9781927513132
imprint: Sumach Press
Description

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 saviour: a straight edge, loud mouth 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.

About the Author

Suzanne Sutherland is the author of two previous novels, Something Wiki and When We Were Good, which was a finalist for the inaugural Speaker's Young Authors Award and selected for the American Library Association's Rainbow List. She lives in Toronto.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
14 to 18
Grade:
9 to 12
Reading age:
14 to 21
Awards
  • Commended, ALA Rainbow List, Teen Fiction
Editorial Reviews

Finally, the definitive Toronto novel for a new generation of readers. Suzanne Sutherland's When We Were Good is an ode to the city, to music, and to falling in love.

— Kerry Clare, writer and editor at the 49th Shelf

Suzanne Sutherland's debut novel is a stunning, heartbreaking Toronto/punk/lesbian coming-of-age story that will deeply affect everyone who's ever had, y'know, feelings. If you aren't compelled to mark up your hands with X's or start a band after reading this book, you probably never will be.

— Evan Munday, author of The Dead Kid Detective Agency series

Suzanne Sutherland's debut YA novel is a fabulous story of teen angst. This is a page-turner with a tight plot, beautifully described (Toronto) settings and a well-drawn protagonist navigating her world of grief, parental neglect, friendships gone awry, the indie music scene and confusing sexual desires. It's also a story about how friendships, resilience, literature and music can pull us out of hardship and help us find ourselves.

— Farzana Doctor

"Set on Toronto streets in the year 2000, Sutherland’s first novel keeps the story fresh. A bit like Weetzie Bat with the wings ripped off."

— The Globe and Mail

Suzanne Sutherland's debut novel is a stunning, heartbreaking Toronto/punk/lesbian coming-of-age story that will deeply affect everyone who's ever had, y'know, feelings. If you aren't compelled to mark up your hands with X's or start a band after reading this book, you probably never will be.

— Evan Munday

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