"The writing itself it beautiful, lending a seamless view into the story being told. I felt myself there with the characters and more than once found myself laughing, sighing, or crying with them. All in all this was just a wonderful book and a fantastic debut for an extremely talented writer. Well done, Ms. Hanson!" - J.M. Sullivan, Goodreads
Release Date: June 27th, 2017
Cordelia and Declan have been best friends since they were three years old. By the time they hit middle school, Cordelia—Cord, to Declan—is already feeling the blackness in her life as depression takes hold. Their mutual attraction to each other leads to a serious high school relationship, one with their foundation of friendship at the forefront. Cordelia seems to have her mental health under control. All appears to be well.
However, when Declan starts to accept his own fluid sexuality, it sets something in motion in their lives that is both beautiful and tragic as they learn to love each other for who they are.
“Why didn’t you tell me?” he finally asks, his voice as hushed as mine. I can hear how much he’s hurting for the first time since I broke the news to him earlier today. It intensifies the tears, and I do everything I can to keep my breathing even. But this is Declan. He’s always known me better than I’ve given him credit for. He squeezes my hand as I cry as quietly as possible.
I finally look at him, and I see he has tears in his eyes. I nod, clenching my teeth because I always cry when Declan cries. It’s been that way since we were three years old. I cry when he gets hurt, and he cries when I get hurt. It’s like we share a heart, like pain travels from one of us to the other by an invisible tether.
About the author:
Amanda Gernentz Hanson has been writing stories since the third grade, when she entered a five-page story about talking dogs into a local youth arts contest. She is an instructional designer by day and an everything else by night. Amanda is a proud Latina who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Hope College and her Master’s degree in Technical Communication from Minnesota State University. You can find her on the internet. If you see her in the wild, she probably has a book in her purse.
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