Leah on the Offbeat meets We Are Okay in this pitch-perfect queer romance about falling in love and never quite falling out of it--heartbreak, unexpected new crushes, and all.
Before Quinn Ryan was in love with Jamie Rudawski, she loved Jamie Rudawski, who was her best friend. But when Jamie dumps Quinn a month before their senior year, Quinn is suddenly girlfriend-less and best friend-less.
Enter a new crush: Ruby Ocampo, the gorgeous and rich lead singer of the popular band Sweets, who's just broken up with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. Quinn's always only wanted to be with Jamie, but if Jamie no longer wants to be with her, why can't Quinn go all in on Ruby? But the closer Quinn grows to Ruby, the more she misses Jamie, and the more (she thinks) Jamie misses her. Who says your first love can't be your second love, too?
Katie Heaney is a full-time senior writer for the Cut, a former editor at BuzzFeed, and the author of the memoirs Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date and Would You Rather? Girl Crushed is her YA debut.
When rising high school senior Quinn, a soccer player, is dumped by her girlfriend, Jamie, a month before school starts, she's heartbroken and desperately tries to put on a brave front for their mutual friends. As two of the only out queer students at their San Diego school, Quinn and Jamie share a bond that Jamie is afraid of ruining with a relationship that could turn sour. Quinn struggles to recover from heartbreak while navigating her last year of high school (hoping to be named the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Year or Gatorade Player of the Year), her next steps into the future (at the University of North Carolina), and her place in the adult world (where she wants to be the next Megan Rapinoe). As she grows interested in Ruby, "number one on the list of Straight Girls We Wish Weren't," she also struggles to balance friendship with her former girlfriend and her second look at love. Leisurely paced but quietly powerful, this largely internal first-person narrative by Heaney (Would You Rather?) is dedicated to finding one's self, growing up, and learning to compromise and to reach out for what matters. Ages 12 up.