Rory Harrison’s beautiful novel about identity, home, and fresh starts recounts one boy’s quest to discover a world where he can thrive, one adventure at a time.
Dylan doesn’t have a lot of experience with comfort. His room in the falling-down Village Estates can generously be categorized as squalid, and he sure isn’t getting any love from his mother, who seemed to—no, definitely did—enjoy the perks that went along with being the parent of a “cancer kid.”
His only escape has been in the form of his favorite video game—World of Warcraft—and the one true friend who makes him feel understood, even if it is just online: Arden. And now that Dylan is suddenly in remission, he wants to take Arden on a real mission, one he never thought he’d live to set out on: a journey to a mysterious ship in the middle of the Salton Sea.
But Arden is fighting her own battles, ones that Dylan can’t always help her win. As they navigate their way west, they grapple with Arden’s father (who refuses to recognize his daughter’s true gender), Dylan’s addiction, and the messy, complicated romance fighting so hard to blossom through the cracks of their battle-hardened hearts.
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“Harrison treats her characters with love and kindness, even when they’re not kind to themselves. This book is a triumph, allowing honesty, excitement, humor, and heart to step over gender and sexuality constraints and tell a beautiful story.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Boldly thrusts transgender issues into the spotlight in a way unheard of before. A satisfying read I’ll return to again and again.” – New York Times Bestselling Author Zac Brewer
“The characters’ differences, desires, and perceptions, are captivating… The story could prompt spirited intergenerational book discussions.” – Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Dylan’s narration, in taut paragraphs with white space between them, eloquently captures issues… This is a tender tale of love on the road.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Harrison’s writing is often lovely as she portrays Dylan’s kaleidoscopic emotions. Like that of David in Lisa Williamson’s The Art of Being Normal (2015), Dylan’s first-person narrative is deeply introspective and intense.” – Booklist