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400 pages, ebook
First published September 6, 2016
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Figure 1: Pen - fierce, angry, with a killer haircut.
The only thing I didn't quite like was that Blake was quintessentially perfect. I don't mind the pairing, only the perfection of it.
Figure 2: Blake - bold, blonde and flawless.
“The thing is, I’m not a boy, but I don’t want to be that girl either. I just want everyone to screw off and let me do my own thing for once.”
Pen Oliveira is a girl, no question about that. But she's always felt more comfortable hanging with boys, playing video games, wearing her brother's clothes, and dreaming about getting a girlfriend. Her brother and her friend Colby are cool with who she is. But her very traditional Portuguese-immigrant parents, especially her mom? Not so much. As she starts her Year 12 at a Catholic high school outside of Toronto, Pen finds herself facing a series of unexpected challenges ... and she's determined to man up enough to deal with all of them.Wow, wow, wow! I went into this novel expecting an "issue book" aimed at butch lesbian teens, but instead, I got one of the best contemporary novels I've ever read. I love this book, with all the love I have to give it. And I want to stalk M-E Girard and prostrate myself before her for having written this gem. If I ever get to meet her, it will be embarrassing fangirl city.
*Pen and her family are Portuguese
*Olivia is half-Asian
*Pen is a lesbian, Blake is bi