ACHUKA Book of the Day 14 Jul 2022
“Unapologetically tackles biphobia, generational trauma, misogyny, and slut-shaming… this intensely personal and moving narrative adeptly captures the often nerve-wracking complexity of queer adolescence.” Publishers Weekly
“A story about intergenerational love; understanding ghosts, both internal and external; and becoming a person who will allow others to love them. Haunting, unusual, and real.” KIRKUS
We drove out to the cottage with all our things in June, a week after the phone call came and two weeks after Christopher Smith ruined my life.
YA debut from a young Canadian author who in her spare time paints, sings, knits, and makes ukulele covers and DIY videos for her YouTube channel.
Still reeling from a recent trauma, sixteen-year-old Dell is relieved when her mom suggests a stay at the family cabin. But the much-needed escape quickly turns into a disaster. The lake and woods are awash in trash left by a previous tenant. And worse, Dell’s mom has invited her boyfriend’s daughter to stay with them. Confident, irreverent Ivy presses all of Dell’s buttons–somehow making Dell’s shame and self-consciousness feel even more acute. Yet Dell is drawn to Ivy in a way she doesn’t fully understand. As Dell uncovers secrets in the wreckage of her family’s past–secrets hinted at through troubling dreams and strange apparitions–Ivy leads her toward thrilling, if confusing, revelations about her sexuality and identity.
Set during a humid summer in the mid-2000s, The Queen of Junk Island simmers with the intensity of a teenage girl navigating the suffocating expectations of everyone around her.
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