Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit
In Brown’s (No Place To Fall, 2014) powerful and moving romance, Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years. During her senior year, Jo’s father, a popular radio evangelist, remarries and uproots the family from tolerant Atlanta, Georgia to the more conservative small rural town of Rome. He asks his daughter to "lie low" and keep her sexuality hidden from the rest of the community. Jo reluctantly agrees because in only a year she’ll be graduating and leaving home. Also, she discovers that it is easier for her to fit in as a straight girl. But things get complicated when Jo meets Mary Carlson, the sister of her new friend at school who reveals that she has feelings for Jo and isn’t interested in hiding them. Now Jo must decide whether to break her promise to her father or risk losing out on the girl of her dreams.
Brooks’ (The Bunker Diary, 2015) newest offering is told from the perspective of Lili Garcia, a gifted musician, as she looks back on her teenage years during the punk rock scene in mid-1970s London. Lili mostly raised herself because she was abandoned by her film-director father and left on her own by her mentally ill, ex-fashion model mother. Her life changes when classmate Curtis Ray, an aspiring punk rocker, invites Lili to join his band Naked as a bass guitarist. Despite having never touched a bass, she agrees and soon she's dating Curtis and immersed in an intense summer of music and violence. But as Curtis falls deeper into drug and alcohol addiction, Lili grows closer to their newest band mate, Irish guitarist William Bonney. Despite the tension this creates within the band, they achieve recognition, sign a record contract, and seem destined for success.
The Thousandth Floor
Debut author McGee creates a fascinating 22nd-century world set in a single thousand-floor mega-tower that houses all of Manhattan. The wealthy dwell in the uppermost levels, while those who support the infrastructure of the tower live below. Avery Fuller, 16, is genetically designed to be perfect and lives with her parents and her adopted brother Atlas in their penthouse on the top floor. Her circle of high-dwelling friends includes Leda who’s fighting drug addiction and is dating Atlas, and Eris whose perfect life is starting to unravel. Much lower in the Tower lives tech genius Watt who knows everything about everyone and orphaned Rylin, a housekeeper swept into a romance with high-dwelling playboy Cord. They all struggle to find their place at the top of the world where the impossible feels just within reach. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down!
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