"This is what it looks like when a brilliant high concept is executed to perfection. It’s got all the Dahlia Adler trademarks—romance, wry humor, specificity, and genuine emotional depth." - Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Kate in Waiting and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
A queer Sliding Doors YA rom-com in which a girl must choose between summer in NYC with her dad (and the girl she's always wanted) or LA with her estranged mom (and the guy she never saw coming).
In Dahlia Adler’s Going Bicoastal, there’s more than one path to happily ever after.
Natalya Fox has twenty-four hours to make the biggest choice of her life: stay home in NYC for the summer with her dad (and finally screw up the courage to talk to the girl she's been crushing on), or spend it with her basically estranged mom in LA (knowing this is the best chance she has to fix their relationship, if she even wants to.) (Does she want to?)
How's a girl supposed to choose?
She can't, and so both summers play out in alternating timelines - one in which Natalya explores the city, tries to repair things with her mom, works on figuring out her future, and goes for the girl she's always wanted. And one in which Natalya explores the city, tries to repair things with her mom, works on figuring out her future, and goes for the guy she never saw coming.
White, Jewish 17-year-old Natalya Fox must make what she feels is an impossible decision in this summery, Sliding Doors–inspired rom-com about risk-taking and second chances. Nat's relationship with her mother has been strained for three years, ever since her mom moved from New York to California to pursue a life-changing career opportunity. But when her mom offers Nat a summer internship, she's torn between going to L.A. to patch up their relationship and staying with her dad in N.Y.C., where she's been attempting to drum up the courage to make a move on the cute redheaded girl she keeps seeing around the Upper West Side. Adler (Home Field Advantage) forgoes forcing Nat to make a choice by structuring the book across two simultaneously occurring timelines. Instead, alternating chapters chronicle Nat's life in L.A., where she and her fellow intern—a frustratingly charming boy—bicker constantly, and in New York, where she learns that the redhead is cooler than Nat imagined. Though the dual story lines occasionally rehash the same material, leading to few surprises, Adler's enticing prose teems with a vibrancy born of intimately realized bicoastal settings and titillating romantic possibility. Ages 13–up.
So good and so fun.
This book had everything in it. Omg, wow. I loved it. Most of all it was such a fun read. I loved the Jewish culture, how this book was in New York and LA, and of course all the queerness! I was worried how Ms Dahlia was gonna pull this off but it was obvious which state Nat was in. Thank you for writing this FUN read … do we get a sequel?