HELENE DUNBAR came of age in the 1980s and wrote grant proposals for the AIDS Activities office of a state government in the early 1990s. She is the author of several novels for young adults, including Boomerang, These Gentle Wounds, and What Remains. Over the years, she has worked as a drama critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, and theater. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter.
In the tradition of The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes a story about choosing your path and finding the courage to be yourself in the face of fear.
Michael is content to live in the shadow of his best friends, James and Becky. His brother, Connor, has already been kicked out of the house for being gay, so laying low seems to be Michael’s only chance at avoiding the same fate.
To pass the time before graduation, Michael hangs out at The Echo, where he can dance and forget about his father’s angry words, the pressures of school, and the looming threat of AIDS, a disease everyone is talking about but no one understands.
Then he meets Gabriel, a boy who actually sees him. A boy who, unlike seemingly everyone else in New York City, is interested in him and not James. And Michael has to decide what he’s willing to risk to be himself.
Why you should read this book?
• Knowledgeable author: Helene Dunbar wrote grant proposals for the AIDS Activities office of a state government and worked closely with a prominent member of ACT UP NYC while writing this historically accurate and poignant novel that portrays the fear and uncertainty teens experienced in the first years of the AIDS epidemic
• Fantastic writing: Strong, engaging writing creates authentic characters who are layered and relatable to all readers
• Perfect for teens: Teens will love this coming-of-age story about the search for self-acceptance
On Sale Date: September 3, 2019 – Sourcebooks Fire