Follow Your Arrow

Scholastic. Mar. 2021. 320p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781338640465.
Gr 9 Up–CeCe Ross and Silvie Castillo Ramírez met on the second day of freshman year in their high school’s brand new Gender and Sexuality Alliance and have been inseparable ever since. Together, they are the Internet-famous couple Cevie, a brand that has earned them a million followers each and substantial income as influencers. When Silvie unexpectedly breaks up with CeCe and #Cevie no longer exists, CeCe loses more than a girlfriend; she loses an identity. In steps Joshua Haim, a violinist who is delightfully disconnected from social media and whose friendship will cause CeCe to reevaluate her identity, the price of keeping secrets, and the meaning of family and love. Verdi addresses sexual identity and cancel culture in this accessible and entertaining novel. Readers will enjoy the relatable and authentic characters, who are bisexual, straight, and lesbian, as well as the exciting climax of the novel. CeCe and Joshua are white, and Silvie is Latina.
VERDICT Recommended for public and high school libraries for readability and thoughtful examination of social identity and sexual orientation.

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