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Dads can be such a drag

Life has been a struggle for Toby Goodman. Her mother died by suicide five years ago, and her father left their small town before Toby was born. Now a teenager living on her grandparents’ dairy farm, Toby has trouble letting people in. She keeps even her closest friend, the brash but endearing Trisha, at arms’ length, and recently ended her first rel
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Published September 17th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Madeline Nixon
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book. What a beautiful book. I legitimately just want to write that over and over again as my review. This was an incredibly well done book on suicide, mental illness, acceptance, family ties, love, and reconciliation. From the prose, to artistic choices in chapter breaks, to Toby’s story - everything was beautiful.

(Thank you to HarperCollins for the ARC. All opinions are mine.)
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May 05, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
"Dads can be such a drag"

true dat
Brianna Benton
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, hcc-books
This YA novel is a tear jerker. It was a quick read but it deals with important topics of conversations of mental health, LBBTQ+, friendship, and conformity.
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Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion. This review originally appeared on Pop of Geek

I’m going to break a few rules for this review. I’ve contemplated how to review Break in Case of Emergency by Brian Francis as objectively as possible, but I’ve concluded that whatever I would come up with by doing so would just be dishonest.

Break in Case of Emergency is possibly the closest I’ve seen my own life re
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Susan Ladan
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent young adult novel. I read this book after hearing Brian Francis interviewed by Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter on CBC Radio. I really enjoyed the interview and the book. It's amazing how a book dealing with topics like suicide, mental health and accepting others as they are can be so entertaining.
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'Let me be your lighthouse.' 🥺
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Brian Francis’ new book may be categorized as YA but there’s nothing YA about how he weaves this raw story of identity, self worth and forgiveness. By turns funny and heartrending, we follow misfit teen, Toby Goodman, as she struggles with alienation, grief, and loss during those awful high school years that none of us escape unharmed. Her life is turned upside-down by the unexpected return of the prodigal father who sashays onto the scene in the form of a drag queen with a personality way too b ...more
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Brian Francis is the author of three novels. His most recent, Natural Order, was selected by the Toronto Star, Kobo and Georgia Straight as a Best Book of 2011.

His first novel, Fruit, was a 2009 Canada Reads finalist and was selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title.

He writes a monthly advice column, “Ask the Agony Editor,” for Quill & Quire magazine, a retro recipe colu
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