“A heart-wrenching quest for identity every YA reader will relate to, and a deep dive into the meaning of family." —Ellen Hopkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Debut author Dante Medema explores the emotional fallout after a teenage girl discovers she is the product of an affair. Told through a series of poems, text messages, and emails, this contemporary YA is perfect for fans of Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin.
Seventeen-year-old Cordelia Koenig intended to breeze through her senior project. While her peers stressed, Cordelia planned to use the same trace-your-roots genealogy idea her older sister used years prior. And getting partnered with her longtime crush, Kodiak Jones, is icing on the cake. All she needs to do is mail in her DNA sample, write about her ancestry results, and get that easy A.
But when Cordelia’s GeneQuest results reveal that her father is not the person she thought he was, but a stranger who lives thousands of miles away, her entire world shatters. Now she isn’t sure of anything—not the mother who lied, the man she calls Dad, or the girl staring back at her in the mirror.
If your life began with a lie, how can you ever be sure of what's true?
Delia, a high school senior in Alaska, has achieved early acceptance to Columbia, so she's not worried about the big senior project. She's planning to mimic her older sister's: get a DNA test and write about the results. Delia will differentiate her assignment by writing in verse, although she rarely shows her lines to anyone. Her project partner is Kodiak Jones, her childhood friend and crush whose slam poetry sings. But when the DNA test shows that the man who raised her isn't her father, Delia is shattered. She's always felt different from her family, and she can't forgive her mother's infidelity and secrecy; and reaching out to her biological father only adds complications. Debut author Medema brings the Alaskan milieu to life, including showing how Kodiak, who has Tlingit heritage, is seen as "trouble" after a few missteps in a way Delia, who's white, might not be. Delia tells her story through passionate poems, texts, and emails that grow increasingly distressed as her obsession with meeting her biological dad leads to her letting down friends and lying to family, making for an effective exploration of identity, secrets, and what family means. Ages 13 up. \n