Rough Patch (Paperback)

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When fifteen-year-old Keira starts high school, she almost wishes she could write Hi, my name is Keira, and I'm bisexual on her nametag. Needless to say, she's actually terrified to announce--let alone fully explore--her sexuality. Quirky but shy, loyal yet a bit zany, Keira navigates her growing interest in kissing both girls and boys while not alienating her BFF, boy-crazy Sita. As the two acclimate to their new high school, they manage to find lunch tablemates and make lists of the school's cutest boys. But Keira is caught in between--unable to fully participate, yet too scared to come clean.

She's also feeling the pressure of family: parents who married too young and have differing parenting styles; a younger sister in a wheelchair from whom adults expect either too little or too much; and her popular older brother who takes pleasure in taunting Keira. She finds solace in preparing for the regional finals of figure skating, a hobby she knows is geeky and het girl yet instills her with confidence. But when she meets a girl named Jayne who seems perfect for her, she isn't so confident she can pull off her charade any longer.

Rough Patch is an honest, heart-wrenching novel about finding your place in the world, and about how to pick yourself up after taking a spill.

Nicole Markotic is a poet and novelist who teaches children's literature at the University of Windsor. This is her first young adult novel.

About the Author

Nicole Markotic is a novelist, critic, and poet who teaches Children's Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Canada. Her most recent book is the poetry collection Whelmed (Coach House), and she has widely published in Canada, the USA, Australia, and Europe.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781551526812
ISBN-10: 1551526816
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English