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Dial. Mar. 2020. 384p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525554264.
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Gr 10 Up–Lulu Shapiro is a quasi-celebrity on Flash (an app similar to Snapchat). She shows her 10,000 followers the self she believes they want to see and follows rules that help her maintain popular status in her affluent Los Angeles private school. What she doesn’t show is her heartbreak over her breakup with her boyfriend, her depression after a video was leaked of her making out with another girl, and her questioning of her sexuality. When Lulu meets Cass at a party, Cass takes her to an old hotel, where Lulu attempts to find herself. As Lulu and Cass spend more time there, they are faced with an event that will not only test their relationship but cause Lulu to question if her life on Flash is really how she wants to be known. Part coming-of-age story, part slow-burn romance, part feminist-manifesto, this novel shows that looks can be deceiving. As Lulu explores her bisexuality and the men in her life, she examines the history of feminine roles and how the expectations of others have impacted her life. Frequent drug use and sexual content make this a choice for older teens.
VERDICT A solid addition to high school and teen collections and libraries looking to enhance their LGBTQ holdings.

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