BOOK JACKET BLURB: When a rumor starts circulating that Tara’s boyfriend Brent has been sleeping with one of the guy cheerleaders, the innuendo doesn’t just hurt Tara. It marks the beginning of the end for an inseparable trio of friends. Tara’s training for a marathon, but also running from her fear of abandonment after being deserted by her father. Whitney Blaire seems to have everything, but an empty mansion and absentee parents leave this beauty to look for meaning in all the wrong places. And Pinkie has a compulsive need to mother everyone to make up for the mom she’s never stopped missing. This friendship that promised to last forever is starting to break under the pressure of the girls’ differences.
And then new-girl Riley arrives in school with her long black hair, athletic body, and her blasé attitude, and suddenly Tara starts to feel things she’s never felt before for a girl–and to reassess her feelings about Brent and what he may/may not have done. Is Tara gay–or does she just love Riley? And can her deepest friendships survive when all of the rules have changed?
First novel for Alexandra Diaz
Published by EgmontUSA, 2009, $16.99
Release date: December 22, 2009
Also published as e-book
Release date: December 28, 2010
Diaz’s first novel—told, in alternating chapters, from the perspectives of Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinkie—delves into the familiar world of high school female friendship, but offers a few unexpected twists. Tara is a track star dealing with a rumor that her boyfriend has been making out with a male cheerleader. An only child, Whitney Blaire is pretty and popular, but her parents are too busy to notice her depression. Pinkie, an optimist, is the glue that holds the friendship together.
Romance is at the heart of the plot. Each character ultimately finds love, but not with the people they expect. The conflicts are realistic: Tara and Whitney fight over a boy and Pinkie falls for the wrong guy and learns a hard lesson. When Tara discovers that she has feelings for a girl, her friends are harsh at first, but later they find that true friendship trumps everything.
Booklist, February 7, 2010
Queer YA Blog, February 22, 2010
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