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Sometimes you have to write your own story before you can live it. Sometimes you have to read your own story before you can live it.
— "How Writing a Young Adult Novel Helped Me Come Out" -



School Library Journal – Review – February Issue

"A good purchase for realistic fiction collections and for readers looking for books about survivor’s guilt and healing." 

Kirkus Reviews – Review – February 15 Issue

"Debut author Belasco adeptly captures the tribulations of high school life while also celebrating art's ability to help clarify and contextualize its joys and sorrows. . . . The novel's most intriguing character . . . is grief itself, which the author illuminates, examines, and dissects with a surgeon's precision and the gentle touch of an artist. A stirring account of the trials of adolescence."

Booklist – Review – February 15 Issue

"This book will undoubtedly be compared to Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park. . . . Teens seeking a quieter but no less moving story will find this book a perfect read."


"Never maudlin, always authentic, the portrayal of their struggles to deal with grief and with love will resonate with many teens."

Bookpage - Review - April 11, 2017

"This powerful, emotional work should be earmarked to be a favorite with teen readers."



Bustle – Personal Essay – September 15

Bustle – Most Anticipated 2017 YA Reads – December 29

HypeLit – Review – January

GoodReads – Most Anticipated 2017 YA Reads – February

School Library Journal – Love, Loss and Saving Yourself – February 6

School Library Journal – First Things First: YA Debuts – February 21

HerCampus – Highly Anticipated 2017 Book Release – March 29

Bustle – 16 of The Best YA Books Coming in April 2017 – March 31

Penguin Teen – Every Book Going on Sale in April – March 31

PopCrush – 10 Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of April 2017 – April 3

Teen Vogue – What to Read in April Based on Your Horoscope – April 3

Brit + Co – 9 Must-Read Young Adults Books Out in April – April 3

Penguin Teen – Author Playlist – April 6

School Library Journal’s Teen Librarian Toolbox - What’s New in LGBTQIA + YA - April 18

BookRiot - 3 On a YA Theme: The (Shakespeare) Play’s the Thing - April 19

Bustle - 9 2017 YA Releases About the Performing Arts - April 20 - “Kids’ spring books picks from the Free Library”