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Rough Patch

2.42  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  10 reviews
When fifteen-year-old Keira starts high school, she almost wishes she could write "Hi, my name is Keira, and I'm bisexual!" on her nametag. Needless to say, she's actually terrified to announce—let alone fully explore—her sexuality. Quirky but shy, loyal yet a bit zany, Keira navigates her growing interest in kissing both girls and boys while not alienating her BFF, boy-cr ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Arsenal Pulp Press
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Hmmm I wanted to love this book (the word bisexual on the first page!) but ...

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Kourtni R.
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I really wanted to like this book. I’m sure most of you know by now that I love reading about bisexual main characters, so when I stumbled across this book on Edelweiss, I was all too eager to request it. Unfortunately, despite this book having a lot of potential, it really could’ve used a lot more work and I ended up
Jenni Frencham
The only thing that bumped this book up from one to two stars is the bi-rep. I'm glad for a book with a bisexual main character; we certainly don't have enough of these. However, the "queer character is outed without permission, is injured/killed, and everything falls apart" trope is so worn out. There are other issues with this book as well, and I'll send you elsewhere for a more thought-out discussion:
Nathan Albright
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge-2019
There are strengths and weaknesses in focusing a novel like this one on a quirky and somewhat socially awkward teenager who happens to be somewhat obsessed with her bisexuality and its repercussions and who also happens to be a moderately talented Canadian figure skater.  To an unfortunate degree, Keira is a very Nathanish sort of figure, endearing in her quirkiness, capable of devastating wit but disinclined to defend herself, struggling mightily with relationships as well as communication with ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: canadian, casey, queer, ya
It was overall mediocre but the bi rep was worth it until it surprise ended with the MC literally getting stabbed into permanent disability by a homophobe, destroying her figure skating dreams. Also, her dad abandons her and her family when he finds out she's queer. Don't bother with this trash; the Hayes Motion Picture Production Code is over and we don't need any more of this punitive tragedy bullshit.

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Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved Keira's voice in this novel, and the way the story explored her various identities--or, perhaps better, her various attempts to "fit" into identity categories. It feels as if the story could go on--sequel, perhaps?!
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
felt a bit trashy, but that's probably bc it's meant for people younger than me. that said, i did finish it, so not awful. and i love it for the representation, even if a bit cringey
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Two stars, for the figure skating.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
This review was written for and appears in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue.

Keira has just started high school, and already her boy-obsessed best friend Sita is trying to get her a boyfriend. The problem is that Keira is not sure she wants a boyfriend; she spent the summer with a crush on a girl only to find herself in the arms of a boy, and she is now grappling with what it really means to be bisexual. She occupies her time at the ice rink training in competitive figure skating, at her
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Nicole Markotić is a poet and critic who teaches at the University of Windsor and edits the chapbook publication Wrinkle Press. She has published two poetry books, Connect the Dots and Minotaurs & Other Alphabets, as well as a fictional biography of Alexander Graham Bell, Yellow Pages. She is currently completing a novel.
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