On Sale: May 28, 2019
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"It's not like I never thought about being mixed race. I
guess it was just that, in Brooklyn, everyone was competing
to be unique or surprising. By comparison, I was boring,
seriously. Really boring."
Culture shock knocks city girl Agnes "Nes" Murphy-Pujols
off-kilter when she's transplanted midâ€“senior year from
Brooklyn to a small Southern town after her mother's
relationship with a coworker self-destructs. On top of the
move, Nes is nursing a broken heart and severe homesickness,
so her plan is simple: keep her head down, graduate and get
out. Too bad that flies out the window on day one, when she
opens her smart mouth and pits herself against the school's
reigning belle and the principal.
Her rebellious streak attracts the attention of local golden
boy Doyle Rahn, who teaches Nes the ropes at Ebenezer. As
her friendship with Doyle sizzles into something more, Nes
discovers the town she's learning to like has an insidious
undercurrent of racism. The color of her skin was never
something she thought about in Brooklyn, but after a
frightening traffic stop on an isolated road, Nes starts to
see signs everywhereâ€”including at her own high school where,
she learns, they hold proms. Two of them. One black, one white.
Nes and Doyle band together with a ragtag team of classmates
to plan an alternate prom. But when a lit cross is left
burning in Nes's yard, the alterna-prommers realize that
bucking tradition comes at a price. Maybe, though, that
makes taking a stand more important than anything.
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