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Awards

2002 Oregon Book Award Winner (The Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Readers)
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Lambda Literary Award finalist

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Nicola Lancaster is spending eight weeks at the Siegel Institute Summer Program for Gifted Youth, a hothouse of smart, articulate, intense teenagers. She soon falls in with Katrina (Manic Computer Chick), Isaac (Nice-Guy-Despite-Himself), Kevin (Inarticulate Composer)...and Battle. Battle Hall Davies is a beautiful blonde dancer, and everything Nic isn't. The two become friends-and then, startlingly, more than friends. What do you do when you think you're attracted to guys, and then you meet a girl who steals your heart?

Review:

"Both controversial and long-awaited, this helps to fill a need that is painfully obvious and introduces a wonderful new voice." Kirkus Reviews

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"Among the better books I have read in recent years..." Deirdre Donahue, USA Today

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"Funny — sad — bitter — poignant — these words ran through my mind while I read Sara Ryan's excellent young adult novel." Nancy Garden, Lambda Book Report

Review:

"Humorous and bittersweet...a must-read..." Teen People

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"This novel will definitely appeal to gifted, articulate teenagers with liberal social values, like the characters in the story. Probably the masses of YA readers, the same ones who feel uneasy around fellow students like Nic, Battle, Isaac, and Katrina, won't feel too comfortable reading about them either." KLIATT

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"What Ryan does so well is cleverly merge two genres...in the process spawning a whole new breed....Young-adult lit has come a long way, baby." Rachel Fudge, Bitch Magazine

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"[S]weet, smart, believable, and charming." The Portland Mercury (Portland, OR)

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"[C]haracters are voiced with near-perfect pitch. The action is equally on target....Ryan handles Nic's confusion about her sexuality and her longing for Battle adroitly." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

Synopsis:

This ALA Best Book of Young Adults and Lambda Book Award Finalist — a controversial, groundbreaking novel — tells the story of a teenage girl coming to terms with who she really is, despite who she thought she was.

Synopsis:

Nicola Lancaster is spending her summer at the Siegel Institute, a hothouse of smart, intense teenagers. She soon falls in with Katrina (Manic Computer Chick), Isaac (Nice-Guy-Despite-Himself), Kevin (Inarticulate Composer) . . . and Battle, a beautiful blond dancer. The two become friends--and then, startlingly, more than friends. What do you do when you think you're attracted to guys, and then you meet a girl who steals your heart? A trailblazing debut, reissued with an introduction by acclaimed author David Levithan, and copious back matter, including three graphic novel stories by Sara Ryan (and artists Steve Leiber, Dylan Meconis, and Natalie Nourigat) about the characters.

About the Author

Sara Ryan (www.sararyan.com) lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Keysa, September 13, 2013 (view all comments by Keysa)
I picked this book in high school for a fun read between homework sessions. It's not just for high school kids, it can be for anyone who is interested in a unique story. What makes the book is unique is that it follows a high school girl to basically a camp for smart people, and falls in with a crowd of friendly smart teenagers her age. She ends of having feeling for one of the girls she has befriended and things progress from there. She becomes confused because she has always liked boys, but this girl makes her feel special. The book is full of drama and excitement, it's a real page turner. If younger readers are getting into this book, it's great to introduce sexual identity and gender roles. It's a multidimensional book.
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Sarah MacQueen, August 14, 2012 (view all comments by Sarah MacQueen)
A beautiful book, and hopefully very relevant to today's teens, especially the gifted ones.

My favorite line from the book: "With an elegant hand gesture, she indicates the other tables full of kids, most of whom look like they always sit by themselves at their regular school."

Nicola's narration is interspersed with excerpts from her notes, which fit in seamlessly, and yet allow Ryan to write with two different voices.
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Singer375, November 16, 2008 (view all comments by Singer375)
this was a very intresting book i enjoyed reading it and hope that other teen do to.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142500590
Author:
Ryan, Sara
Publisher:
Speak
Location:
New York
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Social Situations - Homosexuality
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Bisexuality
Subject:
Social Issues - Homosexuality
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Homosexuality
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
EDO-RC-02-5
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.40x5.04x.60 in. .36 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 224 pages Speak - English 9780142500590 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Both controversial and long-awaited, this helps to fill a need that is painfully obvious and introduces a wonderful new voice."
"Review" by , "Among the better books I have read in recent years..."
"Review" by , "Funny — sad — bitter — poignant — these words ran through my mind while I read Sara Ryan's excellent young adult novel."
"Review" by , "Humorous and bittersweet...a must-read..."
"Review" by , "This novel will definitely appeal to gifted, articulate teenagers with liberal social values, like the characters in the story. Probably the masses of YA readers, the same ones who feel uneasy around fellow students like Nic, Battle, Isaac, and Katrina, won't feel too comfortable reading about them either."
"Review" by , "What Ryan does so well is cleverly merge two genres...in the process spawning a whole new breed....Young-adult lit has come a long way, baby."
"Review" by , "[S]weet, smart, believable, and charming."
"Review" by , "[C]haracters are voiced with near-perfect pitch. The action is equally on target....Ryan handles Nic's confusion about her sexuality and her longing for Battle adroitly."
"Synopsis" by , This ALA Best Book of Young Adults and Lambda Book Award Finalist — a controversial, groundbreaking novel — tells the story of a teenage girl coming to terms with who she really is, despite who she thought she was.
"Synopsis" by ,
Nicola Lancaster is spending her summer at the Siegel Institute, a hothouse of smart, intense teenagers. She soon falls in with Katrina (Manic Computer Chick), Isaac (Nice-Guy-Despite-Himself), Kevin (Inarticulate Composer) . . . and Battle, a beautiful blond dancer. The two become friends--and then, startlingly, more than friends. What do you do when you think you're attracted to guys, and then you meet a girl who steals your heart? A trailblazing debut, reissued with an introduction by acclaimed author David Levithan, and copious back matter, including three graphic novel stories by Sara Ryan (and artists Steve Leiber, Dylan Meconis, and Natalie Nourigat) about the characters.
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