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05 August 2013

Starting From Here

Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow is a lesbian coming of age story.

Colby Bingham is a junior in high school. She is failing a couple of classes and her grades are not likely to get better now that her girlfriend has broken up with her. To make matters worse, her now-ex-girlfriend has just started dating a boy - and bringing him to the gay-straight alliance meetings.

Colby's best friend, Van, is just about the only person Colby is still talking to regularly. Her father is a long haul truck driver, gone for six days each week. And her mother died two years ago. Now Colby just wants to disappear.

But one night Colby and Van rescue a dog on the side of the road. The dog will give Colby something else to think about besides her life. And when someone from the school newspaper wants to write an article about the rescue, she will have a new change at love.

Bigelow has written a great LGBTQ young adult novel that captures the desperation and hope of being a teen. Colby is a wonderfully flawed character who will capture the heart of readers.

Bigelow, Lisa Jenn. (2012). Starting From Here. Las Vegas: Amazon Children's Publishing.

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