"This crushingly honest story effectively confronts issues of racism, abuse, and bullying, while admitting that often there’s no easy answers to misery." - Booklist
"This contemporary star-crossed love affair is convincing and moving--and also a heartbreakingly timely portrayal of discrimination and bullying in Brexit-era London." - The Horn Book Magazine
"Told in verse through alternating viewpoints, this is a powerful novel about how friendship and love are sometimes not enough to ensure a happy-ever-after ending . . . A fast-paced and memorable story that will resonate with teens." - School Library Journal
"An uncompromising look at the effects of Tourette’s, autism, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder on those who have them and their friends and family." - Publishers Weekly on WHEN MR. DOG BITES
"An unusual coming-of-age tale that is thoroughly engaging." - VOYA on WHEN MR. DOG BITES
"Crossan’s ear is flawless in capturing the cries of a young girl’s heart." - BCCB on APPLE AND RAIN
"[The] story is involving, and Apple and Rain are engaging, sympathetic characters. This one is for readers who dote on happy endings." - Booklist on APPLE AND RAIN
"Crossan’s verse packs a punch as she examines the power that difference -- but also determination -- can wield." - starred review, Publishers Weekly on THE WEIGHT OF WATER
"A powerful coming-of-age novel." - Booklist on THE WEIGHT OF WATER
Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn't left her in the lurch. Nicu is all big eyes and ill-fitting clothes, eager as a puppy, even when they're picking up litter in the park for community service. He's so not her type. Appearances matter to Jess. She's got a lot to hide.
Nicu thinks Jess is beautiful. His dad brought Nicu and his mum here for a better life, but now all they talk about is going back home to find Nicu a wife. The last thing Nicu wants is to get married. He wants to get educated, do better, and stay here in England. But his dad's fists are the most powerful force in Nicu's life, and in the end he'll have to do what his dad wants.
As Nicu and Jess get closer, their secrets come to the surface like bruises. The only safe place they have is with each other. But they can't be together forever and stay safe - can they?
An extraordinary, high-impact, high-emotion collaboration between two Carnegie short-listed rising stars of YA.
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