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4.47  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  22 reviews
From the iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their humble beginnings.

High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the nineties, well befo
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by MCD
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Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canada, 2019-read
This immersive, fun memoir, told in 46 short chapters alternating between the viewpoints of Tegan and Sara, gives us the story of how the Canadian indie pop twin sensation came into being: After a short set-up we meet the Quin sisters at the start of grade 10 and follow them until their 18th birthday, the day they signed with PolyGram. We hear about their family, the trials and tribulations of high school life, what it means to be a twin, how they discovered and learnt to accept their sexuality ...more
Lea (drumsofautumn)
Lucy Dacus
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whether you're a lifelong Tegan & Sara fan or not, the book is fantastic. Technically could exist in the 'sex, drugs, and rock and roll' category of musician memoirs, but there's so much heart, honesty, and keenly accurate accounts of growing up queer and frustratingly hopeful.
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"We cavorted and coalesced under the microscope of infatuation, making even mundane facts seem riveting and essential. A spectrum of colors and feelings and tastes and a kind of touch that I'd only just figured out existed surged through me. I had never considered what it would be like to be in love until I was in it."

I thought about writing this entire review by quoting through Tegan and Sara's extensive lyric catalogue. I mean.. they literally have a lyric for every single emotion known to hum
Lindsay Loson
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
"But the older I got, the more I saw the men leaving as irrational, and the women's emotions as the only sensible reactions. From the women, I learned to speak up about the things that were important to me. To brandish my emotions with pride. My voice mattered."

First off, thank you so much to FSG/MCD for this ARC, out 9/24!! Tegan & Sara's music has meant an incredible amount to me over the years, and when I heard that they were coming out with a memoir I was ecstatic! Even though their so
Gordon Ambos
oh. my. god.

This just became my most anticipated release of 2019.
I love Tegan and Sara to death and I cannot wait for this memoir!
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A candid, poignant and insightful coming of age memoir.

For thoes who don't know Teegan and Sara they are a Canadian Indie pop duo. They are also twin sisters. In High School, their first memoir they recount their own high school experience. Sharing stories that highlight their individual struggles with teen angst, family, twin life, identity, self esteem, drinking, depression, drugs, first loves, longing, the confusion and acceptance of their sexuality (both are gay), bullying, music and more.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
his book is so, so important.

Tegan and Sara's writing is beautiful, haunting, and oh-so-relatable. It's those moments as a queer person where you feel doubt, love, longing, regret. It's those moments as a teenager where you live recklessly, make mistakes, yearn for something more than your high school and your town. As someone who also came of age in Calgary in the 90s, it captures the essence of that particular place and time, of grubby C-Train platforms and cold river plunges, and the icy dark
Soooo that's how the other half lives, huh?

This memoir goes through Tegan and Sara's teen lives: endless parties and drug trips, girlfriends, coming out (sort of), and finding their music - and miraculously succeeding with it. While it wasn't the most outrageous thing out there (I can only read so many drug stories), I couldn't put down the constant carousel of crushes, confusion, and teen clumsiness in acknowledging - then accepting - their sexuality. There were many parts in there that I could
Karla Strand
Juicy, delicious, and queer AF. It is exactly what you want it to be. Tegan and Sara let us in to their high school years: the secrets, the loves, the hurts, the fights, the drugs, the photos, the sex, the music, the songwriting. It’s candid brave loving tenderness wrapped in 350 pages. And I am here for it.
Susie Dumond
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this shared memoir, iconic pop duo Tegan and Sara explore a tumultuous and formative time in their lives: high school. With tales of their strained relationship, exploring sexuality, and discovering their love for songwriting, it's an engaging read for fans, but I imagine folks who haven't heard their music would enjoy it as well. The most interesting theme for me was the extremely isolating nature of adolescence, even when you have an identical twin going through it with you. I was really im ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a fan of Tegan and Sara’s for nearly 20 years now and have loved every project they have put out previously. It came as no surprise that when I read an ARC of this memoir that I absolutely fell more in love with them.
The pages are filled with memories anyone can relate to. Experimenting with drugs, sexuality, and ones own individuality are just a few of the subjects touched by the sisters. The book brought me back to to the 90s, my adolescence (I’m only 4 years younger than them), and
This is a autobiography/memoir written by indie rock twins Tegan and Sara. While I didn't know much about their music I was very interested in this story because I know a few songs and I couldn't wait to see about their lives. To see how they grew up and the normal twins became a internationally famous indie rock group. The book switched points of view between both girls however it was nice to see the different view points and it really gave a complete feel to the story because you were seeing t ...more
Zachary Houle
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The cover of Tegan and Sara Quin’s high school memoir, strictly titled High School, is interesting in that it’s made of a foil-like substance that reflects like a mirror. You bend the cover a little bit, and the image distorts like something you’d find in a funhouse. You may even find yourself staring at an image of two of you, which is kind of apt because Tegan and Sara are twins. I’m not 100 percent sure what the duo is going for with this cover, except that maybe their experiences growing up ...more
Lorielle Giffin
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t put into words how excited I was to read this novel. I’ve been a fan of Tegan & Sara’s music since I was 12 years old (so half my life!) and, as a twin myself, I was instantly intrigued when I heard they were coming out with a memoir (thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for the ARC!). Told from alternating perspectives, ‘High School’ tells the story of Tegan and Sara’s coming of age and introduction to the music industry. In terms of themes/content matter, ‘High School’ explores ad ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
My main takeaway from this book is that I probably would not have been friends with Tegan and Sara in high school 😄
They were into the same music and same style of clothes as me but there are so many drug stories 😮
Nevertheless, I remain a fan (since 2002!) and enjoyed the book, especially the parts about them learning guitar, starting to write songs and getting their first big breaks. I even think a teen of today would like the book and be able to relate, especially the parts focusing on crushes
Michael La Guerra
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy moly this is one of the best music memoirs I've ever read.
Jennifer Stansbury
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was everything I expected and more. A coming of age novel about real people. A definite must read!
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Arielle Duhaime-Ross
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well written, honest. Definitely for the fans. I'd also recommend it young adults/teens. In many ways this is a book about coming out and finding yourself - which seems appropriate
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imagine if Angela Chase, Rayanne, and Rickie were friends with lesbian twins who ended up becoming rock stars? This terrific memoir reads like MY-SO CALLED LIFE in the best way possible and was a wonderful escape from Mississippi River levels and storms brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. I loved the narrative and pacing, loved the way the chapters alternated between sisters. It’s rare for books like this to work well and this one truly succeeds.
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During the course of their career, sisters Tegan and Sara have sold well over one million records and released eight studio albums. They have received three Juno Awards, a Grammy nomination, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and the 2018 New York Civil Liberties Union Award. They have performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, from Coachella to the Academy Awards.

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