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The Summer of Bitter and Sweet

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen's search for identity and truth is beautifully told.

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This first novel is beautifully written and brings the landscape and people of the Canadian prairie vividly to life with warmth and humor. There are also a lot of staunch cries for social justice and change that explore issues of identity, sexuality, racism, family, friendship, and so much more. But these big issues in The Summer of Bitter and Sweet provide important food for thought, and when they're raised they advance the story instead of bogging it down.

Lou's voice as the narrator is solid, and all the characters are well developed. Her struggles with her identity and sexuality make her easy to relate to. An introduction by the author offers some trigger warnings, and an author's note at the end offers further discussion about violence toward indigenous women and the importance of representation in books and other media.

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