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Sleeping Around : A Young Adult Coming of Age

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Description

A teen violinist hopes to leave her foster care baggage behind at college. Instead, she starts sleeping around campus-from air mattresses to random couches-after a roommate nightmare.

"Exploring trauma and resilience in gritty first-person detail, Sleeping Around by Morgan Vega is a powerful reflection on stability, the concept of home, and the heavy baggage we all must sometimes carry." -Self-Publishing Review

"A masterpiece of early college angst, complicated friendships, young love, and overcoming trauma. The author expertly weaves together multiple themes, carefully framing difficult subjects-homosexuality, religious trauma, foster care, insecurity-into an accessible, charming novel . . . A fabulously written slice-of-life story about a girl finding herself." -Publisher's Weekly, The BookLife Prize

Foster care always promised her a bed. Now she doesn't even have that.

Coralee (Corey) Reed can't wait to trade her current foster house for Harmony Hall, the dorm for music majors. Corey arrives at Borns College with her pawn-shop violin and a borrowed duffle bag, ready to leave her foster care baggage behind.

But Corey's first day on campus starts on a sour note. She runs into her archrival violinist Dylan Mason, then her name's not on the dorm's roster. Worst of all, Corey can't live at Harmony Hall. Period. Because she's not yet accepted into the music program. Instead, Reslife shoves her into a temporary triple with two unsuspecting (and beyond different) roommates.

When one of her roommates does the unforgivable, Corey starts sleeping around campus-from air mattresses to random couches-while waiting for an open room. But how can she beat Dylan for first chair if she can't keep her eyes open? How can she pass her finals without a good night's sleep? Will college, the place she thought would launch her dreams of becoming a professional violinist, be the place her dreams end all too soon?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 15mm | 286g
  • English
  • 1737059509
  • 9781737059509
  • 1,572,464

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"Exploring trauma and resilience in gritty first-person detail, Sleeping Around by Morgan Vega is a powerful reflection on stability, the concept of home, and the heavy baggage we all must sometimes carry. As an intimate coming-of-age tale, this young adult novel highlights the impact the foster care system can have on the mindset and psychological wellbeing of children, and the adults they become. Driven by a complex narrator and woven together with unassuming, conversational prose, the target audience for this book may be older teens moving into a new chapter of life, but the intense themes will resonate with older readers as well."

-Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★1/2

"Must read. Excellent writing and a nuanced and multifaceted plot make this coming of age story a highly recommended read for older young adults."

-Reedsy Discovery, ★★★★★

"Coralee's history in the foster system makes her struggles to find a safe place on campus all the more realistic, and a major theme of Vega's novel is the protagonist's quest to figure out where she belongs-with her foster family, with Emma or Dylan, or with any of her roommates. The author does a fine job of capturing just what it's like to be a college freshman-constantly meeting new people, living in complex dorm situations, and running around campus to get to classes. Music theory references are well integrated and help to show Coralee's passion for the violin . . . The ending is solid and satisfying."

-KIRKUS

"This is a charming, engaging tale. There are so many golden aspects here, including the perspective of foster care, the devotion of a musical genius, the social aspects of entering college, and so much more. All of this is offered through an intimate perspective of Coralee allows for an interesting story that will hopefully either inspire young readers to try the violin or pursue a craft that can elevate their life. The combination of so many different elements allows this narrative to be a special novel that would be difficult to find elsewhere. Vega does a great job to get several balls in the air and juggle them through the end of the story."

-Writer's Digest Competitions
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67 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
5 43% (29)
4 39% (26)
3 16% (11)
2 1% (1)
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