BOOK JACKET BLURB: When Anna sets out on a post-high school road trip towards an unknown destination with best friend Kat, she thinks she’s prepared for everything. Clipboard in hand, she checks off her lists: Set up tent. Study maps. Avoid bears. Feelings are not on any list. For the past year – ever since her mother’s sudden death – Anna has shut down her emotions and shut out the people who love her most. Kat is a different story. Clutching a well-worn copy of Jack Kerouac’s novel about Beat generation pilgrims, The Dharma Bums, she radiates enthusiasm. Maybe, she thinks, this road trip will shake Anna back to life. The girls zigzag across the Northwest encountering fellow travelers of all kinds – cute hippie boys, spiritual gurus, a tattoo artist, and some sticky-fingered local girls. But throughout their journey one question haunts Anna. It begins like a gentle rain and then becomes a raging storm: What place does Kat have in my life? Are we good friends? Or something more.
Finalist 2013 Lambda Literary Award (Children’s/Young Adult)
Lambda Literary, June 5, 2012
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