A 2018-2019 Missouri Truman Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 6-8).
Tim and Dunkin first meet in the summer before 8th grade and they seem to hit it off but then school starts and popularity gets in the way. And they both have pretty big secrets. Tim was born with male anatomy but knows that she is meant to be a girl named Lily. Dunkin has bipolar disorder and doesn't always take his medicine. Can they find a way to be friends?
This is a sweet but sad book. Either character's story would have been enough for a novel on its own. Pairing them was an interesting choice. I'm not sure how successful it was. Great message about being true to your self.