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This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow
HarperTeen / HarperCollins
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Hanna, Jules, and Dia, three estranged friends graduating from high school, reunite to make their punk rock dreams reality. While following their passion, they grapple with balancing family, love and loss.
This is What it Feels Like explores the fears, confusion, and excitement that comes with being an older teen on the cusp of entering adulthood. This story depicts the “after”, or fallout that many teens experience, but is rarely described in many situations. The authentic LGBTQA+ representation without the coming out story and the depiction of an older teen having had a child years before and is now trying to make ends meet are well developed. Many teens struggle with drugs and drinking, but often in Teen Fiction readers aren’t given the experience of the life of a sober teen, doing the best they can with the resources that they have.