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Paperback, 272 pages

English language

Published Nov. 30, 2022 by Faber & Faber, Limited.

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4 stars (1 review)

Bitter is thrilled to have been chosen to attend Eucalyptus, a special school where she can focus on her painting surrounded by other creative teens. But outside this haven, the streets are filled with protests against the deep injustices that grip the town of Lucille. Bitter's instinct is to stay safe within the walls of Eucalyptus . . . but her friends aren't willing to settle for a world that the adults say is "just the way things are.

Pulled between old friendships, her creative passion, and a new romance, Bitter isn't sure where she belongs - in the art studio or in the streets. And if she does find a way to help the revolution while being true to who she is, she must also ask: at what cost?

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4 stars

it was so nice reading about this revolutionary movement at a time when my own movements and groups tend to disappoint me. it's a movement that does a lot of things right. also it's great to witness the affection and understanding with which the characters treat each other. props for including disabled people and the super super nice quotes by mariame kaba and gwendolyn brooks. there was not a lot going on plot-wise or suspension-wise but the lovely characters made up for it.