Raincoast Books

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Birthday

A Novel

9781250129833

Flatiron Books
Available: 05/21/19
5.38 x 8.25 · 288 pages
Ages 12 years and up
9781250129833
CDN $24.99 · cl
With dust jacket

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Meredith Russo

Lovers who surmount the odds have always been intense emotional fodder, but rarely have we seen a story like Birthday . . . true and raw, haunting and undeniable." - The New York Times Book Review
Two best friends. A shared birthday. Six years. . .

ERIC:There was the day we were born. There was the minute Morgan and I decided we were best friends for life. The years where we stuck by each other's side - as Morgan's mom died, as he moved across town, as I joined the football team, as my parents started fighting. But sometimes I worry that Morgan and I won't be best friends forever. That there'll be a day, a minute, a second, where it all falls apart and there's no turning back the clock.
MORGAN:I know that every birthday should feel like a new beginning, but I'm trapped in this mixed-up body, in this wrong life, in Nowheresville, Tennessee, on repeat. With a dad who cares about his football team more than me, a mom I miss more than anything, and a best friend who can never know my biggest secret. Maybe one day I'll be ready to become the person I am inside. To become her. To tell the world. To tell Eric. But when?
Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan's destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they're meant to be - and if they're meant to be together. From the award-winning author of If I Was Your Girl, Meredith Russo, comes a heart-wrenching and universal story of identity, first love, and fate.
"Beautifully written, Birthday is an altogether singular contribution to the gradually growing body of transgender literature and, indeed, to mainstream literature, as well." - ALA Booklist, starred review

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MEREDITH RUSSO was born, raised, and lives in Tennessee. She started living as her true self in late 2013 and never looked back. If I Was Your Girl was partially inspired by her experiences as a trans woman. Like Amanda, Meredith is a gigantic nerd who spends a lot of her time obsessing over video games and Star Wars .