Can't Take That Away by Steven Salvatore

Can't Take That Away by Steven Salvatore

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An empowering and emotional debut about a genderqueer teen who finds the courage to stand up and speak out for equality when they are discriminated against by their high school administration.

 

Carey Parker dreams of being a diva, and bringing the house down with song. They can hit every note of all the top pop and Broadway hits. But despite their talent, emotional scars from an incident with a homophobic classmate and their grandmother's spiraling dementia make it harder and harder for Carey to find their voice. 

 

Then Carey meets Cris, a singer/guitarist who makes Carey feel seen for the first time in their life. With the rush of a promising new romantic relationship, Carey finds the confidence to audition for the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the school musical, setting off a chain reaction of prejudice by Carey's tormentor and others in the school. It's up to Carey, Cris, and their friends to defend their rights - and they refuse to be silenced.

 

Told in alternating chapters with identifying pronouns, debut author Steven Salvatore's Can't Take That Away conducts a powerful, uplifting anthem, a swoony romance, and an affirmation of self-identity that will ignite the activist in all of us.

 

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"A charming, inspired story about being true to who you are." - Phil Stamper, bestselling author of The Gravity of Us

 

"This charming, joyful story - about self-love, fighting for what's right, and the love to be found in chosen family - will make you want to put on a pair of red heels and blast Mariah Carey." - Booklist, starred review

  • Details

    Imprint: Bloomsbury YA

    Published: 8 March 2022

    ISBN: 9781547608669

    Pages: 400

    Type: Paperback

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