The Meaning of Birds

Title

The Meaning of Birds

Illustrator

HarperTeen

Publisher

HarperTeen

Publication Year

2019

ISBN

9780062824448

Pages

368 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Before: Jess has always struggled with the fire inside her. But when she meets Vivi, everything changes. As they fall for each other, Vivi helps Jess deal with her anger and pain and encourages her to embrace her artistic talent. And suddenly Jess’s future is a blank canvas, filled with possibilities. After: When Vivi unexpectedly dies, Jess’s perfect world is erased. As she spirals out of control, Jess pushes away everyone around her and throws out her plans for art school. Because art is Vivi and Vivi is gone forever. Right when Jess feels at her lowest, she makes a surprising friend who just might be able to show her a new way to channel her rage, passion, and creativity. But will Jess ever be able to forge a new path for herself without Vivi? A beautiful exploration of first love and first loss, this novel effortlessly weaves together past and present to tell a profound story about how you can become whole again when it seems like you’ve lost the most important part of yourself.

Grade Level

9-12

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family Member Death; Single Parent; Gay/Lesbian; death of father; grief; loss; single mother; lesbian; same-sex relationship

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Keywords

art; anger; past and present; first love; loss; healing; hope; friendship; family life; homophobia; blacksmith; fights; alternative high school

Diversity Impact

direct

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