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Erin Randel's intense life comprises captaining the varsity swim team, honors classes, last-chair cello for a prestigious youth orchestra, a largely untapped passion for astronomy, and the void left when her grandmother died.

Her mother has Erin's future fully planned, too: Ivy League, medical school, and a ?successful? life. But two days before Erin?s seventeenth birthday, the arrival of three championship swimmers triggers demotion from the varsity team, a lost captainship, and a gaping hole in both her college applications and identity.

At a party later that night, Erin drinks heavily and vomits on her fabulous boyfriend, Ben, in the most embarrassing way possible. Partygoers catch most of her explosion on video, and it spreads through social media. Erin?s social life collapses immediately, leaving her lonely, vulnerable, and unsure how she?ll ever attain the goals she?s set for herself.

When Erin confesses all to her mother, she and school officials decide Erin can save her resume with study abroad. New Zealand would allow her swimming capabilities to shine and foreign exchange would portray her as "well rounded." While foreign study on New Zealand's gorgeous South Island is supposed to be a way to rescue her flagging Ivy League prospects and wait out her social exile, it soon becomes so much more.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 38.1mm | 476.27g
  • Sky Pony Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1510723617
  • 9781510723610

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"Michele Bacon's writing expertly plunges us into a captivating New Zealand setting and Erin's journey as she learns how to whole-heartedly live her life rather than to simply accomplish it. Antipodes is a must-read." --Natasha Sinel, author of The Fix and Soulstruck

"Antipodes is an engrossing read about being right side up when you're upside down, and finding yourself when you didn't even know you were lost. When you read Michele Bacon's richly-detailed, fully-realized New Zealand, you'll want to visit. When you meet Hank, you'll want to stay." --Katie Kennedy, author of What Goes Up

"Antipodes is a love story, yes, and as much one about loving ourselves for who and what we are. It's wise, compassionate, and bursting with the bittersweet complexity of adolescence." --Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death

"In the stark, unfamiliar beauty of New Zealand, Bacon's heroine tells an intricately woven story that swims through a murky past to reclaim her own truth; a unique, beautifully written examination of a young woman who rescues herself with strength, humility and resilience." --Jennifer Longo, author of Up to This Pointe

"Epic landscapes and tender moments. . ." --Kirkus Reviews

"Bacon has created an engrossing story that is incredibly relevant to teens. While displaying a mastery over writing the teenage voice, Bacon also shows that she can adeptly wield imagery to transport readers to the mountainous landscapes and sprawling coastlines of the South Island of New Zealand. . . . VERDICT An excellent coming-of-age story for those who enjoy An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, More than We Can Tell by Brigid Kremmerer, or The Princess of Iowa by M. Molly Backes." --School Library Journal

"Perfect for readers who yearn to travel abroad or are trying to bridge the happiness gap."--Booklist

"An excellent and engaging look at what we can gain when it feels like everything is lost."--Teen Librarian Toolbox
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About Michele Bacon

Michele Bacon writes novel-length fiction for young adults and older adults. When she's not writing, she's skiing, playing tabletop games, traveling, or dreaming of travel. She lived in Christchurch, New Zealand for over a year, and is eager to return. Today, Michele lives in Seattle with her partner and three children. She is also the author of Life Before.
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