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"An evocative story of the thrills of first love and the anguish of first loss. This will break you and heal you." - Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin'

Not to be missed by fans of Nina LaCour and Becky Albertalli, this powerful novel - from the acclaimed author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit - paints a poignant portrait of love in the past, grief in the now, and the healing power of art.

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.



About the Author

Jaye Robin Brown

Jaye Robin Brown, or Jro to her friends, has been many things in her life--jeweler, mediator, high school art teacher--but has recently taken the plunge into the life of full-time writer. She's a Southerner at heart, by way of Alabama, then Atlanta, and for many years just outside of Asheville, but this fall she headed north for a bit of city living. Boston baby! And though she'd like to think brownstones might find a way into her fiction, she figures kudzu will always be what comes to her imagination first.



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