Colleen Hoover meets Jandy Nelson in this emotional coming of age story, culminating the celebrated Italian saga.
Italy, the mid-90s. Fifteen-year-old bookish tomboy Leda is dating the bad boy of her dreams. Is it love? Is she ready for her first time? Leda discovers at her own expense that life is not a fairy tale and she finds her own way to make sense of darkness, love, and friendship....
Authentic, emotional, and gripping, this novel denounces the hypocrisy of a society that would rather see pregnant teens than having an honest conversation about sex. Breathtaking Italy with its fascinating culture adds to the charm of this addictive, empowering novel about a girl trying to make it on her own, no matter what.
"Sex to me was mysterious and omnipresent, just like God. Several of my friends were no virgins, definitely including Nico. The biology and anatomy of the act had been unraveled for me in school with all the pain embarrassment could bring. The many books I surrounded myself with had answered any residual question but one: when was the right time? Was there a moment in your life when this cumbersome question mark turned into an exclamation?"