“Characterization is poignant and razor-sharp.” – Kirkus Reviews
Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college — Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU — they’re sure they’ll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, theirs is bound to stay rock-solid.
The reality of being apart, though, is very different than they expected. Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, meets a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, but Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.
While Toni worries that Gretchen won’t understand Toni’s new world, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in this puzzle. As distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity begin to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide — have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?
What We Left Behind came out in October 2015 from Harlequin Teen.
Praise for What We Left Behind
“Tightly focused on Toni’s and Gretchen’s changing relationships and identities, this title is a must-read for high school Gay Straight Alliance members.” – School Library Journal (starred review)
“Talley continues to tackle tough issues with unvarnished honesty. … Young and emerging adults will find themselves challenged and enlightened.” – Booklist
“Characterization is poignant and razor-sharp.” – Kirkus
- Nominated for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal
- Featured on the 2016 American Library Association Rainbow List
In the U.K., you can order your copy at Amazon.co.uk.
In Australia, you can order your copy through Harlequin Australia.