HarperTeen, 2008 ISBN: 0060843101
Cuban-American teen Laura gets thrown out of Catholic school and home all on the same day when her relationship with another girl is discovered. She and Marlena are forcibly separated, and Laura must decide whether going straight, if she can pull it off, is worth it, in order to be allowed home.
Fortunately Laura has friends who make sure she doesn’t end up homeless, and who help her accept herself and stand firm with her mother.
Heartbreaking and funny, and absolutely a must read. Unlike many young adult books, Dole addresses issues of culture and class head-on.
AWARDS: CCBC Choice Award; Americas Award Commended Title; ALA Rainbow Project 2009 List; Taysha’s List, 2009