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Redwood and Ponytail

Kate and Tam meet, and both of their worlds tip sideways. At first, Tam figures Kate is your stereotypical cheerleader; Kate sees Tam as another tall jock. And the more they keep running into each other, the more they surprise each other. Beneath Kate's sleek ponytail and perfect facade, Tam sees a goofy, sensitive, lonely girl. And Tam's so much more than a volleyball player, Kate realizes: She's everything Kate wishes she could be. It's complicated. Except it's not. When Kate and Tam meet, they fall in like. It's as simple as that. But not everybody sees it that way.

This novel in verse about two girls discovering their feelings for each other merges two first-person narratives for a universal story about being comfortable in their own skin. Meanwhile, three onlookers, Alex, Alyx, and Alexx, represent school-hallway observers who take the place of a Greek chorus as the comment and speculate. Thoughtful and affirming, this story provides hope and encouragement to anyone struggling to find a way to escape the molds made for them and create their own.

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"The girls’ interior monologues, sometimes merging on the page, sometimes visually set apart, effectively show their shared feelings and contrasting perspectives, and the voices of three onlooking students function as a Greek chorus, highlighting transitions in the girls’ relationship. In a story thoughtfully formed and eloquently executed, Holt offers affirmation and hope to readers struggling to fit in." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 12 and up
Author K.A. Holt
ISBN 1452172889
Publication Date Oct 1, 2019
Publisher Chronicle Books
Language English