NAMED ONE OF THE BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES
 
From the award-winning author of The Serpent King comes a beautiful examination of grief, found family, and young love.


Life in a small Appalachian town is not easy. Cash lost his mother to an opioid addiction and his Papaw is dying slowly from emphysema. Dodging drug dealers and watching out for his best friend, Delaney, is second nature. He's been spending his summer mowing lawns while she works at Dairy Queen.

But when Delaney manages to secure both of them full rides to an elite prep school in Connecticut, Cash will have to grapple with his need to protect and love Delaney, and his love for the grandparents who saved him and the town he would have to leave behind.
One of BuzzFeed's 2021 YA Books to Look Forward To
An Amazon Editor’s Pick for Best Young Adult Book of 2021
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2021
A New York Times pick for "The 25 Best Children’s Books of 2021"
An ALAN Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner!

“Notable is the warmth, physical affection, and gentleness between Cash and those he loves, while well-crafted poems throughout, written by Cash as he finds his voice, are evocative and moving, highlighting Zentner’s impressive skill with both poetry and prose.” —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

“A brilliant treasure of a book that holds up a mirror to the best parts of our humanity.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews