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Skye Quinlan

Book - 2022

Harper McKinley is many things: a band geek, the daughter of the school dean, the daughter of the Republican presidental candidate... and the alleged owner of a lesbian profile on Tinder. Since Tinder profiles are forbidden for students at her school, and being gay is not in line with the family values of her father's political party, Harper faces serious consequences on two fronts if anyone finds out, but since she didn't make it, she can't delete it! Now that drumline leader Mar...got swiped right, and Harper doesn't immediately hate the idea, she has to think about her sexuality, her politics, her family ties, and whether she even knows what "her truth" is to stand up for -- or if she even can.

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Novels
Published
Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing Co., Macmillan 2022.
Language
English
Physical Description
279 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
1645674401
9781645674405
Main Author
Skye Quinlan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Harper has learned to keep her head down at school; as the dean's daughter, and with a politician dad, she knows any slipup could become major news. So when she learns someone has set up a dating app profile with her name and her pictures matching with other girls, she instantly spirals. The even bigger problem is that the catfisher using her face has been chatting with Harper's bandmate Margot, meaning she has to explain she's not that girl and she's not queer. But the more time Harper spends with Margot, the more she questions her own identity and what those questions could mean for her future and her family. This puts a new spin on the fake-dating trope in YA, tackling big issues that are still present for queer teens today, like family acceptance in conservative spaces, while hitting all the sweet beats of any YA romance. Quinlan's debut is the perfect read for proud band nerds and anyone who's learning to accept themselves, no matter what. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—It's Harper McKinley's last year as first chair saxophonist in the school marching band. While her conservative Republican parents want their family to stand out to aid her father's presidential run, all Harper wants to do is blend in and focus on the band and her friends. She's doing just that when suddenly, Margot, a girl she's only spoken to once, bursts into her dorm to break up with her. Shocked, it's then she learns that someone has been posing as her on a dating app, and exchanging explicit messages with Margot, a drummer in the marching band, and the biracial, dreadlocked daughter of the Canadian ambassador. The two become fast friends with added romantic tension while Harper works to figure out her own identity with the support of her friend Bellamy, who is bisexual, nonbinary, and uses they pronouns. Harper confides in them as she grapples with the realities of being a closeted asexual lesbian and a subject of interest for the paparazzi with a mysterious dating app scandal, a newly blooming love, and high-profile homophobic parents. At first glance this book appears to take on too much at once, but Quinlan skillfully weaves everything together brilliantly into one very natural-feeling, heartwarming, and compelling story following characters who teen readers will be glad to have met. Contains trigger warnings and resources. VERDICT A wonderful ace rom-com bursting at the seams with representation, this is a must-buy for all collections.—Kayla Fontaine Copyright 2022 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Harper 'Band Geek' McKinley just wants to make it through her senior year of marching band--and her Republican father's presidential campaign. That was a tall order to start, but everything was going well enough until someone made a fake gay dating profile posing as Harper...With her dad's campaign on the line, Harper's relationship with her family at stake, and no idea who made that fake dating profile, Harper has to decide what's more important to her: living her truth or becoming the First Daughter of America"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

What’s worse? Someone using your face for catfishing or realizing you actually do have a crush on the catfished girl?Harper “Band Geek” McKinley just wants to make it through her senior year of marching band—and her Republican father’s presidential campaign. That was a tall order to start, but everything was going well enough until someone made a fake gay dating profile posing as Harper. The real Harper can’t afford for anyone to find out about the Tinder profile for three very important reasons:1. Her mom is the school dean and dating profiles for students are strictly forbidden.2. Harper doesn't even know if she likes anyone like that—let alone if she likes other girls.3. If this secret gets out, her father could lose the election, one she's not sure she even wants him to win.But upon meeting Margot Blanchard, the drumline leader who swiped right, Harper thinks it might be worth the trouble to let Margot get to know the real her.With her dad’s campaign on the line, Harper’s relationship with her family at stake, and no idea who made that fake dating profile, Harper has to decide what’s more important to her: living her truth or becoming the First Daughter of America.