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I'd Rather Burn Than Bloom - by Shannon C F Rogers

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Winner of the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, Young Adult!



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Packed with voice, Shannon C.F. Rogers' I'd Rather Burn than Bloom is a powerful YA novel about a Filipina-American teen who tries to figure out who she really is in the wake of her mother's death.

Some girls call their mother their best friend. Marisol Martin? She could never relate. She and her mom were forever locked in an argument with no beginning and no end. Clothes, church, boys, no matter the topic, Marisol always felt like there was an unbridgeable gap between them that they were perpetually shouting across, one that she longed to close.

But when her mother dies suddenly, Marisol is left with no one to fight against, haunted by all the things that she both said and didn't say. Her dad seems completely lost, and worse, baffled by Marisol's attempts to connect with her mother's memory through her Filipino culture. Her brother Bernie is retreating further and further into himself. And when Marisol sleeps with her best friend's boyfriend - and then punches said best friend in the face - she's left alone, with nothing but a burning anger, and nowhere for it to go.

And Marisol is determined to stay angry, after all, there's a lot to be angry about- her father, her mother, the world. But as a new friendship begins to develop with someone who just might understand, Marisol reluctantly starts to open up to her, and to the possibility there's something else on the other side of that anger- something more to who she is, and who she could be.



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Winner of the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, Young Adult

"Readers who relish deep character development will appreciate Marisol's messy evolution toward self-forgiveness...Heart-wrenching and heart-filled."
-Kirkus (starred)

"Rogers crafts a fast-paced narrative through Marisol's powerful and poignant voice. Insights into family dynamics, changing friendships, and biracial identity make for realistically messy and enjoyable character growth that one can't help but empathize with."
-Publishers Weekly (starred)

"This poignant coming of age story, told in alternating "then" and "now" segments, takes readers on a complicated and isolated journey of loss, with welcome moments of humor."
-Horn Book Magazine

"A moving meditation on grief and the healing balm of forgiveness--especially self-forgiveness. I'd Rather Burn than Bloom is a light in all the dark places that healing requires we tread. A brilliant, bold debut!"
-Aminah Mae Safi, author of Tell Me How You Really Feel

"In her smart, poignant and tear-jerking debut, Rogers expertly navigates the light and the dark, ensuring a delicate balance of laughter and tears from her readers. An aching and urgent book about love, loss and finding one's place in the world."
-Aditi Khorana, author of Mirror in the Sky




About the Author



Shannon C.F. Rogers is a multiracial Filipino-American writer of young adult novels, short fiction, and plays. A former editor on Lunch Ticket, her work has appeared in Bodega Magazine and Newfound Journal as well as on stage with Tricklock Company and Lady Luck Productions. Shannon earned her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico and her MFA in Writing For Young People at Antioch University Los Angeles. She has served as an educator, after-school program director, and lost mitten finder at schools in Albuquerque, Chicago, and New York City. She is the author of I'd Rather Burn than Bloom. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Dimensions (Overall): 7.5 Inches (H) x 5.9 Inches (W) x 1.7 Inches (D)
Weight: .85 Pounds
Suggested Age: 15-18 Years
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre: Coming of Age
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Format: Hardcover
Author: Shannon C F Rogers
Language: English
Street Date: July 11, 2023
TCIN: 87295592
UPC: 9781250845665
Item Number (DPCI): 247-05-3056
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 1.7 inches length x 5.9 inches width x 7.5 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.85 pounds
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