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The Brightsiders
Contributor(s): Wilde, Jen
ISBN: 1250189713     ISBN-13: 9781250189714
Publisher: Swoon Reads
    OUR PRICE: $15.29  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2018
Annotation: Labeled a tabloid pariah after a night of reckless partying, bisexual teen drummer Emmy King turns to her friends for support and evaluates the wisdom of getting romantically involved with swoon-worthy bandmate Alfie, at the risk of triggering another scandal. By the author of Queens of Geek. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Rock groups; Fiction.
Bisexuality; Fiction.
Fame; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2018085742
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (0.80 lbs) 297 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

Gr 9 Up—Set in the fast pace of Hollywood, rockstar drummer Emmy King, 17, just can't seem to get it right. Always caught up in drama with her parents and friends, the paparazzi have a field day when Emmy ends up in the hospital after a hard night of underage drinking. A few months later she is on stage and coming out as a bisexual. She eventually falls for Alfie, her irresistible, genderfluid band mate, which leads to a relationship that is physically mature. Emma is a complex, multifaceted character who doesn't always make the right decisions, but she proves that relationships can be complicated regardless of one's sexuality. The author adeptly captures the essence and confusion that young people may go through when trying to figure out their identities. This inclusive romance features multiple LGBTQ+ protagonists, including a nonbinary character who uses the pronouns they/them. The frankness and details of Emmy's sexual experiences make this a better choice for older readers. VERDICT Perfect for collections seeking high drama and romance.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI

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