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The Brightsiders

By (author) Jen Wilde
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Palgrave USA, New York, United States
Imprint: Square Fish
Published: 21st May 2019
Dimensions: w 140mm h 210mm d 18mm
Weight: 400g
ISBN-10: 125030914X
ISBN-13: 9781250309143
Barcode No: 9781250309143
Synopsis
As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King's life should be perfect. But there's nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she's branded the latest tabloid train wreck. Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing. Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

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Praise for The Brightsiders:

The author adeptly captures the essence and confusion that young people may go through when trying to figure out their identities. This inclusive romance features multiple LGBTQ+ protagonists, including a nonbinary character who uses the pronouns they/them. . .Perfect for collections seeking high drama and romance. --School Library Journal

Wilde exchanges fandom for music here, but the characters and relationships she creates are every bit as strong. A recommended purchase, especially for collections looking for LGBTQ titles that aren't heavy-handed. --Booklist

Praise for Queens of Geek:

Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful, especially in the context of fandom. The book deals head on with issues of mental health, body shaming, sexuality, and internet celebrity, handling them with a delicate and skillful touch. --Teen Vogue

Jen Wilde's book about two best friends--one a bisexual young woman of color, the other a young [autistic] woman . . . dealing with anxiety--will be a favorite of anyone who is a fan of geek culture. . . . This fun book about fierce friendships gives voice to a group of diverse female characters who are so defined by so much more than just their mental health and sexuality. --Bustle

The characters' diversity provides natural opportunities to explore a number of contemporary teen issues, including race, sexual orientation, feminism, and body image. Some of the most compelling chapters are told from the point of view of Taylor, who fears change, hates crowds, and is on the autism spectrum. . . . Part of Macmillan's crowdsourced imprint, this celebration of geek culture and fandom promotes diversity and being true to oneself. --School Library Journal