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A modern Judy Blume meets Jenny Han.

"[A] complex coming-of-age story about identity and sexuality."--The New York Times

A high school senior navigates messy boys, messier relationships, and the struggle of never quite living up to her Taiwanese mother's expectations.

June Chu has always been the "just good enough" girl. Good enough to line the shelves with third-place trophies and steal secret kisses from her AP Bio partner, Rhys. But not good enough to meet her mother's unrelenting expectations, or get Rhys to commit.

While June's mother insists she follow in her (perfect) sister's footsteps and get a (full-ride) violin scholarship, June doesn't see the point in trying too hard if she's destined to fall short anyway. Instead, she focuses her efforts on making her relationship with Rhys "official." But after her methodically planned, tipsily executed scheme explodes on the level of a nuclear disaster, she flings herself into a new relationship with a guy who's not allergic to the word girlfriend.

As the line between sex and love blurs, and pressure to map out her entire future threatens to burst, June will have to decide on whose terms she's going to live her life--even if it means fraying her relationship with her mother beyond repair.

Boys I Know is a raw and realistic look into the lives of teen girls, examining the complex overlap between teen sexuality and Asian American identity. A sharp and unflinchingly honest journey of self-discovery.

ISBN-13: 9781682635629

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Peachtree Teen

Publication Date: 06-20-2023

Pages: 352

Product Dimensions: 8.00h x 5.30w x 1.10d

Age Range: 14 - UP Years

Anna grew up biracial in the Midwest, spending her formative years repeatedly answering the question, "What are you?" Before finding her way as a YA author, she was a CPA, a public school teacher, a tennis coach, and for one glorious summer, a waitress at a pie shop. She now lives on the West Coast, raising three kids and writing stories about girls navigating a world full of double standards.