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You Say It First



by
Katie Cotugno

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Balzer + Bray
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780062674128
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Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use
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One conversation can change everything.

Meg has her entire life set up perfectly: she and her best friend, Emily, plan to head to Cornell together in the fall, and she works at a voter registration call center in her Philadelphia suburb. But everything changes when one of those calls connects her to a stranger from small-town Ohio.

Colby is stuck in a rut, reeling from a family tragedy and working a dead-end job. The last thing he has time for is some privileged rich girl preaching the sanctity of the political process. So he says the worst thing he can think of and hangs up.

But things don’t end there.…

That night on the phone winds up being the first in a series of candid, sometimes heated, always surprising conversations that lead to a long-distance friendship and then—slowly—to something more. Across state lines and phone lines, Meg and Colby form a once-in-a-lifetime connection. But in the end, are they just too different to make it work?

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

368

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.9: points 13

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2020

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Politics. Grief. Social class. Long-distance relationships. Romance. Voter registration. Voting. Friendship.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Meg is a force. She’s active on her high school campus, she works phone shifts getting people registered to vote, she’s a feminist, and she has just been accepted into Cornell. She has a nice group of friends and parents who love her. By all appearances, Meg has it together. But a year prior, when her parents got divorced, her mother’s drinking and her father’s new girlfriend sent Meg into autopilot without anyone noticing, not even Meg. It isn’t until Meg’s boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her that she wakes up and realizes she’s been so busy holding things together that she’s lost her own agenda. When small-town and hardworking Colby answers a call from Meg, the two make a connection that changes both of them. Five hundred miles away from one another, Colby and Meg begin a relationship based on good old-fashioned dialogue that enables them to move forward and quit letting life make decisions for them. Cotugno, rather than being politically heavy-handed, makes seamless the complexity of Meg and Colby’s relationship. She writes with equal sympathy about opinionated characters with differing life experiences and worldviews. For collections where the smart-girl romances of Miranda Kenneally, Jenny Han, and Nandini Bajpai do well.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Meg is a force. She’s active on her high school campus, she works phone shifts getting people registered to vote, she’s a feminist, and she has just been accepted into Cornell. She has a nice group of friends and parents who love her. By all appearances, Meg has it together. But a year prior, when her parents got divorced, her mother’s drinking and her father’s new girlfriend sent Meg into autopilot without anyone noticing, not even Meg. It isn’t until Meg’s boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her that she wakes up and realizes she’s been so busy holding things together that she’s lost her own agenda. When small-town and hardworking Colby answers a call from Meg, the two make a connection that changes both of them. Five hundred miles away from one another, Colby and Meg begin a relationship based on good old-fashioned dialogue that enables them to move forward and quit letting life make decisions for them. Cotugno, rather than being politically heavy-handed, makes seamless the complexity of Meg and Colby’s relationship. She writes with equal sympathy about opinionated characters with differing life experiences and worldviews. For collections where the smart-girl romances of Miranda Kenneally, Jenny Han, and Nandini Bajpai do well.

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