From the author of The Witch Boy trilogy comes a graphic novel about family, romance, and first love.Fifteen-year-old Morgan has a secret: She can't wait to escape the perfect little island where she lives. She's desperate to finish high school and escape her sad divorced mom, her volatile little brother, and worst of all, her great group of friends...who don't understand Morgan at all. Because really, Morgan's biggest secret is that she has a lot of secrets, including the one about wanting to kiss another girl.Then one night, Morgan is saved from drowning by a mysterious girl named Keltie. The two become friends and suddenly life on the island doesn't seem so stifling anymore.But Keltie has some secrets of her own. And as the girls start to fall in love, everything they're each trying to hide will find its way to the surface...whether Morgan is ready or not.
This endearing and often funny graphic novel cohesively combines queer teen romance, realism, and fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Morgan Kwon, who has tan skin and dark hair, lives with her recently divorced mom and irritable younger brother on Canada's Wilneff Island. She plans to lay low and hang out with her close-knit group of friends, then "move to the city, ANY city" for college before coming out as gay. One night, feeling distressed, she slips on rain-soaked rocks and falls into the water, where she's rescued by Keltie, a selkie with plans of her own. A dreamy kiss between the two allows Keltie to shed her seal form and walk on land as a thick-limbed human with masses of blonde hair. Keltie's stilted speech and love of fish mark her as a weirdo among Morgan's friends, compelling Morgan to live a double life ("Now we can find our fortunes together!" Keltie announces. "Yeah, no, nope, we're not doing that," says Morgan). Meanwhile, Keltie wants to stop the island's new cruise ship, owned by the family of Morgan's friend Serena, from routing harbor tours past the seal rookery. Ostertag's (the Witch Boy series) artistically and textually strong characters are easy to root for, from their witty text exchanges to their contemporary fashions and layered emotions. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 12 up. \n
I’m so proud of this book. It makes people realize that LGBTQ+ is okay. This will prolly help more people come out too.
I can say this cause I’m Bi
This is a great book!
I loved this book so much! The representation was amazing! The end was so sad, tho:/
This book is amazing and honestly holds some truth about how you act differently around certain people like friends and family
I related to how the main character wanted to keep her sexuality a secret until she was able to move away, I think a lot of LGBT+ youth can relate to fantasize about live out and proud.