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When We Were Good

Title

When We Were Good

Publisher

Sumach Press

Publication Year

2013

ISBN

9781927513118

Pages

227 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

The year 2000 isn't starting out too well for Toronto high school senior Katherine Boatman. Not only has her oldest friend ditched her for yet another boyfriend, her beloved grandmother died on New Year's Eve, leaving a void of goodness in her life that Katherine's not sure how to fill. While overwhelmed with sadness and self-doubt, Katherine unexpectedly finds new love, both for Toronto's underground music scene and for her would-be savior: a straight-edge, loudmouthed misfit named Marie.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

HL820L

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family member death; Homosexuality; death of a grandmother; death of a grandparent; lesbian; lesbian teenager; same sex relationship

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

lesbian female

Awards

Rainbow List, 2014 Teen Fiction

Keywords

Toronto; New Year's Eve; absent parents; sad/depressed; art; self-image issues

Diversity Impact

direct

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