A novel-in-verse about a young girl coming-of-age and stepping out of the shadow of her former best friend. Perfect for readers of Elizabeth Acevedo and Nikki Grimes.
"Mahogany L. Browne's debut YA ia an absolute masterpiece. It will leave you breathless." -Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X
She looks me hard in my eyes
& my knees lock into tree trunks
My eyes don't dance like my heartbeat racing
They stare straight back hot daggers.
I remember things will never be the same.
I remember things.
With gritty and heartbreaking honesty, Mahogany L. Browne delivers a novel-in-verse about broken promises, fast rumors, and when growing up means growing apart from your best friend.
With her sister constantly criticizing her and their single mother working long hours, Black teen Skyy loves nothing more than retreating to the basketball court, despite her male peers' aggression, and spending time with her best friend of two years, Lay Li. But when the girls have a falling-out over the boy Lay Li is dating, who calls Skyy "black/ & ugly & stupid," she must figure out how to face the world solo navigating a romance of her own, considering her bond with Lay Li and male-driven narratives surrounding other young women, and slowly learning to gauge her own self-worth. In succinct free verse lines, Browne (Black Girl Magic) stirs up images that illuminate Skyy's vibrant neighborhood ("The kind of folks that park on the lawn & clean they car/ with the Gap Band blasting out the door speakers") and engage the senses ("Both hands grip the orange world/ ridges in black talk back"). Browne's exploration of a teen finding herself moves rapidly, while Skyy's journey toward self-love pulls at the heart. Ages 14 up.