Girl crushed

Katie Heaney

Book - 2020

"Before Quinn Ryan was in love with Jamie Rudawski, she loved Jamie Rudawski, who was her best friend. But when Jamie dumps Quinn a month before their senior year, Quinn is suddenly girlfriend-less and best friend-less. Enter a new crush: Ruby Ocampo, the gorgeous and rich lead singer of the popular band Sweets, who's just broken up with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. Quinn's always only wanted to be with Jamie, but if Jamie no longer wants to be with her, why can't Quinn... go all in on Ruby? But the closer Quinn grows to Ruby, the more she misses Jamie, and the more (she thinks) Jamie misses her. Who says your first love can't be your second love, too?"--Amazon.com.

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Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books [2020]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Borzoi Book."--Title page verso.
Physical Description
341 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781984897343
1984897349
9781984897350
1984897357
Main Author
Katie Heaney (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Baby butch Quinn Ryan just got dumped by girlfriend Jamie, but the good news is that they aren't the only relationship casualties. Suddenly, Ruby Ocampo, the number-one girl from their "Straight Girls We Wish Weren't" list is available. Although her heart still aches for Jamie, Quinn moves on, only to discover that ex-girlfriends, new girlfriends, bands, favorite hangouts, and soccer scholarships for college may be a lot to handle. She's got Ruby, so why is she bothered that Jamie is moving on, too? This classic high-school lesbian first-love story is told with humor and an insider perspective that will keep it gone from your shelves, as friends pass it to friends, who pass it to other friends. Everything is there: the dramatic "is she, isn't she?" straight-girl dance; the lesbian hangout on the edge of bankruptcy, run by two aging dykes; the gay-straight alliance that never quite got going—and then Heaney adds in more mainstream concerns about athletic scholarships and plans after high school. Better get a few copies, just in case. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

When rising high school senior Quinn, a soccer player, is dumped by her girlfriend, Jamie, a month before school starts, she's heartbroken and desperately tries to put on a brave front for their mutual friends. As two of the only out queer students at their San Diego school, Quinn and Jamie share a bond that Jamie is afraid of ruining with a relationship that could turn sour. Quinn struggles to recover from heartbreak while navigating her last year of high school (hoping to be named the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Year or Gatorade Player of the Year), her next steps into the future (at the University of North Carolina), and her place in the adult world (where she wants to be the next Megan Rapinoe). As she grows interested in Ruby, "number one on the list of Straight Girls We Wish Weren't," she also struggles to balance friendship with her former girlfriend and her second look at love. Leisurely paced but quietly powerful, this largely internal first-person narrative by Heaney (Would You Rather?) is dedicated to finding one's self, growing up, and learning to compromise and to reach out for what matters. Ages 12–up. Agent: Allison Hunter, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc.(Apr.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

When rising high school senior Quinn, a soccer player, is dumped by her girlfriend, Jamie, a month before school starts, she's heartbroken and desperately tries to put on a brave front for their mutual friends. As two of the only out queer students at their San Diego school, Quinn and Jamie share a bond that Jamie is afraid of ruining with a relationship that could turn sour. Quinn struggles to recover from heartbreak while navigating her last year of high school (hoping to be named the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Year or Gatorade Player of the Year), her next steps into the future (at the University of North Carolina), and her place in the adult world (where she wants to be the next Megan Rapinoe). As she grows interested in Ruby, "number one on the list of Straight Girls We Wish Weren't," she also struggles to balance friendship with her former girlfriend and her second look at love. Leisurely paced but quietly powerful, this largely internal first-person narrative by Heaney (Would You Rather?) is dedicated to finding one's self, growing up, and learning to compromise and to reach out for what matters. Ages 12–up. Agent: Allison Hunter, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc.(Apr.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up—Quinn and Jamie are the only two openly gay girls in their school, so it makes sense that the longtime best friends would end up dating. But when Jamie suddenly ends things a month before the beginning of their senior year, Quinn is left without her girlfriend and her best friend. Attempting to move on, Quinn recruits her years-long crush Ruby, the charismatic lead singer of local band Sweets, to play at her favorite struggling coffee shop. As she gets closer to Ruby, it becomes clear that both she and Jamie miss each other, even as they try to mend their friendship. Is it the loss of their friendship or of their relationship that leaves them both feeling so empty? Debut author Heaney crafts a well-developed character in Quinn, who also dreams of playing college soccer and wants to make an impression on her absent father. The single-mindedness with which she goes after her goals affects all her relationships, and her growth will resonate with many teens. This charming romance also addresses the all-too-common practice of discounting or ignoring the queer identity of people in hetero relationships, the complicated road back to friendship after a romantic relationship ends, and the importance of adjusting expectations as you go. VERDICT A solid addition to collections where romance and light realistic fiction are popular. Recommend to readers of Rainbow Rowell and Becky Albertalli.—Erin Downey, Boise School District, ID Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Dumped by her best friend and girlfriend a month before their senior year, a heartbroken Quinn struggles to move on with a new crush when she is unable to completely forget her ex. By the author of Dear Emma. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Leah on the Offbeat meets We Are Okay in this pitch-perfect queer romance about falling in love and never quite falling out of it--heartbreak, unexpected new crushes, and all.

Before Quinn Ryan was in love with Jamie Rudawski, she loved Jamie Rudawski, who was her best friend. But when Jamie dumps Quinn a month before their senior year, Quinn is suddenly girlfriend-less and best friend-less.

Enter a new crush: Ruby Ocampo, the gorgeous and rich lead singer of the popular band Sweets, who's just broken up with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. Quinn's always only wanted to be with Jamie, but if Jamie no longer wants to be with her, why can't Quinn go all in on Ruby? But the closer Quinn grows to Ruby, the more she misses Jamie, and the more (she thinks) Jamie misses her. Who says your first love can't be your second love, too?

Katie Heaney is a full-time senior writer for the Cut, a former editor at BuzzFeed, and the author of the memoirs Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date and Would You Rather? Girl Crushed is her YA debut.