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Young Adult

  • Private Lessons, Cynthia Salaysay
    Candlewick Press, 9781536209600, May 12, 2020 (Young Adult)

    “Beautifully written, musical, and lyrical, Private Lessons is a coming-of-age novel that pulled at my heartstrings. Claire's relationship with her mother and father had me weeping early on in the book, and I admired and understood her drive to escape her suburban life. Her Filipino heritage is a part of the story, but doesn't define her, and the microaggressions that she faces is depicted in the way it would be in real life––cutting but ultimately unnoticed by anyone but the target. The lens of Claire's journey is beautiful and brilliant and I enjoyed reading about her growing up.”

    -Jackie Jou, Mysterious Galaxy Books (San Diego, CA)

    Private Lessons is a phenomenal debut which hit me in all the feels. This young adult novel is very relevant in the #MeToo era and Cynthia Salaysay’s writing is beautifully haunting.”

    -Robyn Broderick, The Reading Bug (San Carlos, CA)

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