From the award-winning author of The Serpent King comes a beautiful examination of grief, found family, and young love.
Life in a small Appalachian town is not easy. Cash lost his mother to an opioid addiction and his Papaw is dying slowly from emphysema. Dodging drug dealers and watching out for his best friend, Delaney, is second nature. He's been spending his summer mowing lawns while she works at Dairy Queen.
But when Delaney manages to secure both of them full rides to an elite prep school in Connecticut, Cash will have to grapple with his need to protect and love Delaney, and his love for the grandparents who saved him and the town he would have to leave behind.---from the publisher
432 pages 978-1524720247 Ages 14-17 (no sex)
Keywords: realistic fiction, Appalachia, grief, romance, new experiences, change, family, grandparents, loyalty, 14 year old, 15 year old, 16 year old, best friends, healing, the beauty and healing of struggle, imagery