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Home and Away

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Tasia Quirk is young, Black, and fabulous. She's a senior, she's got great friends, and a supportive and wealthy family. She even plays football as the only girl on her private high school's team.

But when she catches her mamma trying to stuff a mysterious box in the closet, her identity is suddenly called into question. Now Tasia’s determined to unravel the lies that have
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Page Street Publishing
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Candice Montgomery
Sep 15, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: lol-i-wrote-this
I wrote this dirty little love letter to being young, Black and female. I kinda like it. Hope you do too. 🌻
destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
Oct 11, 2018 marked it as dnf-too-soon-to-rate
DNF @ page 49

I am absolutely not the ideal reader for this book. I was sent an unsolicited ARC of this book and despite having a really busy schedule of review copies I requested lately, I wanted to give it a try because I was incredibly appreciative of the publisher sending this to me, but I think I'm past the age of being able to deal with cranky YA contemporary protagonists being hateful to their families. I get that she's shocked by learning about this big "twist" in her family, but the way
Chasia Lloyd
Got to beta this beauty and it is a grand kick to the teeth with the complexities of family, friendship, and romantic love. can't wait for the finish copy 😭😭😭
Kayla Brunson
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I really don’t know where my rating stands on this one. I’m stuck really at a 3.5 but I’m going to stay at 3 stars. While this book really did touch on some good subjects, I was either confused or annoyed the other times I was reading.

Tasia character needed a pat on the back while at the same time needed a good slap across the face. The way she handled certain situations didn’t really sit well with me. I get her whole world collapsed but that really didn’t excuse her actions. Especially when it
Mary H
Sep 16, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc, arc-august-tbr
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
**I received an ARC of this - thank you so much to Page Street Publishing but it didn't change my opinion at all**

I highs and lows with this novel, and I'm not sure what to do with myself. There were things that I really liked, but there were parts that had me frustrated. I even thought about bringing out my Elsa rating at some points, because I felt so conflicted about it (Elsa is my rating for books that I literally cannot figure out a proper crown rating because I can never figure out my true
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tasia is enjoying her life, a cornerback for a great team until one night everything in her life falls apart. I was going to spoil the heck out of the book, but I went back to check the synopsis before I just charged ahead and I am glad I did, because they didn't give it away and neither will I. So now my challenge is how to talk about this book without ruining it!

Okay first I am not a football fan, but I thought it was super cool that Tasia played football and went about playing in such a way
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I often get caught up in stories and covers that reflect so many of the faces and stories of people I know, people that look like me.

I can’t say that Home and Away was any different. The cover featured a black girl and the first line of the synopsis described her as “young, fabulous and black.”

I was in.

But I have some disappointments/dislikes along with some likes.

Tasia Quirk’s character reminded me a lot of Starr in T.H.U.G.

Seemingly balancing their blackness between two worlds. Dangling betwe
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ya, signed
I was 17 or 18 when I found out my dad wasn’t actually my father and I was actually biracial. I couldn’t find out anymore information because my mother was already dead, and no one is allowed to tell me how to feel about this book because it is a book of my heart.
Mel Howard
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Home and Away and decided I HAD to write a review for this fantastic book. There won’t be any spoilers in this review except for me stating explicitly the main character’s discovery about their identity, but it’s revealed pretty early in the book. If you still would like it be a secret, I’ll put *POTENTIAL SPOILER* before the paragraph in question.
First, let’s talk about the sports aspect since I was the most apprehensive about that part. I had already planned
Mary Fan
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Loved Tasia’s voice, loved the memorable supporting cast, loved the emotional rawness, loved how the story unflinchingly depicted tough and complex issues in Tasia’s life...
Wow I really loved this debut. I was so lucky to win an ARC and very quickly fell in love with Tasia "Taze" Quirk our black girl football playing MC. It's all told from her POV and damn my feelings took a hit. They were allll over the place because Taze is going through some internal turmoil after some truths about herself come to light.

Taze by herself is such an amazing character. So well fleshed out. But then we see Taze interacting with others and damn i love a messy, makes mistakes all over
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did partly because of its genre and partly because of what the story is about. I immediately assumed it would focus a lot on football, which sort of turned me off, but I’m glad the mention of the mysterious box caught and held me and made me give the story a chance.

It’s the mystery that kept me reading. The more I learned, the more I wondered who sent the box, which contains much information about Tasia throughout her life, and what the sender’s mo
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya
This is for sure one of those YA novels that is tough to read as an adult; I swear I spent half of it mentally going "wait, slow down, handle this better, don't rush to judgment, try and understand --" at the main character. Some pretty intense stuff happens to Tasia, and as much as she talks tough you don't forget that she's a kid who is only just learning how to handle this kind of thing. That's frustrating at times but I gotta admire Montgomery for not giving her a neat and tidy road to under ...more
Linor David
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this book has legs, lots of interesting characters, some romance, some angst, the main character is just this super cool football playing high school girl with so much going for her. Her search for her identity seemed like a bit of a stretch at time, but was also a driving force in the book. I liked Tasia a lot, I rooted for her the whole way through, and I think it would be hard not to.
Meyrnah Khodr
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3 and a half stars.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Home and Away is a book that rocks you to the core. It's a book that has constant reveals that make you gasp aloud. Or is that just me? It's a book that asks us questions about family. Everything from can we forgive our family - to what happens when our family isn't who they say they are? Tasia's world turns on edge, over the edge, and sideways. Nothing is the same and to the
Ryan Sala
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HOME & AWAY haunts me. I think about it all the time, in the best way. Tasia is an incredible voice, and Candice Montgomery is an astounding writer. I'm so glad this book is finding its way into so many hearts. It broke mine for a bit, but helped me get back together, too.
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May 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
I’ve been DYING for more Bisexual reads and this one is definitely on my list. AH a Black Bisexual guy character? Hell yessss. A kick ass female football player who’s breaking gender norms? HELLLL YESSSS. And filled with self discovery? SIGN ME UP. I need a copy ASAP. Thanks to Book Riot for this wonderful Bi reads recommendation!
Sarah Ressler Wright
I sped read this one-interesting choices, I love the female football hero aspect, still unclear about unresolved ending. For those who want a fierce heroine who makes mistakes and is unapologetically a football player & fan!
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Candice Montgomery is an LA transplant now residing in Seattle. By night, she writes YA lit about Black teens across all their intersections. By day, she teaches ballet to teen boys and works in the land of sobriety and rehab. It is the goal of her stories to interrogate the spaces of race, love, the body, and sexuality, all while being a witness of life.
She is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dyste
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