The Summer I Wasn't Me (Paperback)
Lexi has a secret.
She never meant for her mom to find out. And now she's afraid that what's left of her family is going to fall apart for good.
Lexi knows she can fix everything. She can change. She can learn to like boys. New Horizons summer camp has promised to transform her life, and there's nothing she wants more than to start over.
But sometimes love has its own path...
"A powerful indictment of reparative therapy—a sweet love story—and an unforgettable main character!"—Nancy Garden, author of Annie on My Mind
"Unflinching honesty and unfaltering compassion...A gem of a novel."—RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick of the Month on My Life After Now
About the Author
Jessica Verdi lives in Brooklyn, NY, and received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She loves seltzer, Tabasco sauce, TV, vegetarian soup, flip-flops, and her dog. Visit her at www.jessicaverdi.com and follow her on Twitter @jessverdi.
"Lexi is a likable protagonist with wide appeal. Many teens can relate...This title is recommended as a quality piece of fiction in a teen collection, and especially as part of an LGBTQ collection." — VOYA Magazine
"Lexi’s earnest efforts to protect her mom from further grief…are poignant and powerfully conveyed… a sweet love story between two protagonists who both heartily deserve a break, and who manage to find one another even in the unlikeliest of settings…offers undeniable appeal to romance buffs." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Book Reviews
"Lexi’s…relationship develops in a satisfying way...a fine additional purchase for libraries looking to shore up their LGBT collection" — Booklist
"Kids' doubts and misgivings about both identity and religious beliefs get a good airing here, and two books familiar to high school readers, The Great Gatsby and the "Harry Potter" series? provide an interesting backdrop for these discussions" — School Library Journal