Picture Us In The Light

Picture Us In The Light

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"Picture me madly in love with this moving, tender, unapologetically honest book."-Becky Albertalli, #1 best-selling author of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Winner of the California Book Award and Stonewall Honor!
Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Bay Area family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever imagined.
Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family's blessing to pursue the career he's always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry's and Danny's lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can't stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.
When Danny digs deeper into his parents' past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed façade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 153 x 217 x 33.02mm | 544.31g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1484726022
  • 9781484726020
  • 303,684

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AccoladesThe Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award HonorRainbow List 2019YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults ListNotable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2019Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018, selection2018 Cybils Award, Young Adult Fiction NomineeSchool Library Journal Best Books 2018BNTeen: Favorite YA Books of 2018Teenreads' Teen Choice Book Award 2019, nomineeNerdy Book Club: 2018 Nerdy Award winner for Best Young Adult FictionBNTeen: 14 of Our Most Anticipated Sophomore Novels of 2018, selectionBookRiot: Riot Roundup: The Best Books We Read in January (2018), selectionBNTeen: 8 YAs About Defying Parental Expectations, selection (2018)BookRiot: 8 Books About Immigrants to Look Forward to in 2018, selectionBookish: Spring 2018's Must-Read Young Adult Books, selectionBrightly: The Best Children's and YA Books of April 2018, selectionThe Strategist: Becky Albertalli on the LGBTQ-Themed YA Books to Read Now, selectionBustle: The Sequel to 'Love, Simon' & 12 Other New YA Books Coming Out In April 2018, selectionThe Coil: Most Anticipated April 2018 Books, selectionBookish: April 2018 Book Club Picks: Queens, Feminists, and Zombie Slayers, selectionEpic Reads: Here's Your Bookish Horoscope for April!, selection (Pisces)BookRiot: Must-Read April New Releases, selection (2018)BNTeen: 12 Diverse Books to Read for Pride Month, selection (2018)BookRiot: Best Books of 2018 So Far, selectionBookRiot: Queer and Here: 10 QPOC YA BOOKS, 2018Houston Family Magazine: Summer Reading Picks, selection (2018)BookRiot: 50 Must Read 2018-2019 Releases with East Asians on the cover, selection
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About Kelly Loy Gilbert

Kelly Loy Gilbert believes deeply in the power of stories to illuminate a shared humanity and give voice to complex, broken people. She is the author of Conviction, a William C. Morris Award finalist, and lives in the SF Bay Area. She would be thrilled to hear from you on Twitter @KellyLoyGilbert or at www.KellyLoyGilbert.com.
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2,896 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 41% (1,197)
4 36% (1,040)
3 18% (517)
2 4% (113)
1 1% (29)
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