Houghton Mifflin, 2008 ISBN: 0618495703
M(arianne) and O(pal) have been best friends forever — at least until the past year when M decided she wanted to be a cheerleader and found O a hindrance when accusations of lesbianism flew across the lunchroom at her. M is slowly, but obviously sliding down the steep slope of self-destruction, while O clings to her fantasies of getting into Stanford and taking O to California. When tragedy strikes, O must find a path of her own, a path suggested by the story told by Opal’s grandmother of a runaway slave named Hannah.
A moving story, and one of the few young adult lesbian novels featuring African-American protagonists.