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"A smart and witty debut YA. Mason will shock readers with unexpected twists and turns and surprising reveals.” —School Library Journal

“An authentic, bittersweet story of friendship, first love, and finding one’s way. Mason captures the tangled, painful feelings of holding on to love when it’s no longer working, and learning when to let go.” —Booklist

Without Annette

Jane B. Mason
Scholastic / 2016

Josie Little has been looking forward to moving halfway across the country to attend Brookwood Academy, a prestigious boarding school, with her girlfriend, Annette, for ages. But underneath Brookwood's picture-perfect image lies a crippling sense of elitism that begins to tear the girls apart from the moment they arrive.

While Josie struggles to navigate her new life, Annette seems to fit in perfectly. Yet that acceptance comes with more than a few strings. And consequently, Annette insists on keeping their relationship a secret.

At first, Josie agrees. But as Annette pushes her further and further away, Josie grows closer to Penn, a boy whose friendship and romantic feelings for her tangle her already-unraveling relationship. When Annette's need for approval sets her on a devastating course for self-destruction, Josie isn't sure she can save her this time-or if Annette even wants her to try.

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