Birthday: A Novel by Meredith RussoBirthday: A Novel by Meredith Russo

Birthday: A Novel

byMeredith Russo

Hardcover | May 21, 2019

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Two best friends. A shared birthday. Six years...

ERIC: There was the day we were born. There was the minute Morgan and I decided we were best friends for life. The years where we stuck by each other''s side-as Morgan''s mom died, as he moved across town, as I joined the football team, as my parents started fighting. But sometimes I worry that Morgan and I won''t be best friends forever. That there''ll be a day, a minute, a second, where it all falls apart and there''s no turning back the clock.

MORGAN: I know that every birthday should feel like a new beginning, but I''m trapped in this mixed-up body, in this wrong life, in Nowheresville, Tennessee, on repeat. With a dad who cares about his football team more than me, a mom I miss more than anything, and a best friend who can never know my biggest secret. Maybe one day I''ll be ready to become the person I am inside. To become her. To tell the world. To tell Eric. But when?

Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan''s destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they''re meant to be-and if they''re meant to be together. From the award-winning author of If I Was Your Girl, Meredith Russo, comes a heart-wrenching and universal story of identity, first love, and fate.

"Beautifully written, Birthday is an altogether singular contribution to the gradually growing body of transgender literature and, indeed, to mainstream literature, as well." -ALA Booklist, starred review

MEREDITH RUSSO was born, raised, and lives in Tennessee. She started living as her true self in late 2013 and never looked back. If I Was Your Girl was partially inspired by her experiences as a trans woman. Like Amanda, Meredith is a gigantic nerd who spends a lot of her time obsessing over video games and Star Wars.
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Title:Birthday: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8.58 X 5.66 X 1.08 inShipping dimensions:288 pages, 8.58 X 5.66 X 1.08 inPublished:May 21, 2019Publisher:Flatiron BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250129834

ISBN - 13:9781250129833

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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"Lovers who surmount the odds have always been intense emotional fodder, but rarely have we seen a story like Birthday...true and raw, haunting and undeniable." -The New York Times Book ReviewTwo best friends. A shared birthday. Six years... ERIC: There was the day we were born. There was the minute Morgan and I decided we were best friends for life. The years where we stuck by each other''s side-as Morgan''s mom died, as he moved across town, as I joined the football team, as my parents started fighting. But sometimes I worry that Morgan and I won''t be best friends forever. That there''ll be a day, a minute, a second, where it all falls apart and there''s no turning back the clock.MORGAN: I know that every birthday should feel like a new beginning, but I''m trapped in this mixed-up body, in this wrong life, in Nowheresville, Tennessee, on repeat. With a dad who cares about his football team more than me, a mom I miss more than anything, and a best friend who can never know my biggest secret. Maybe one day I''ll be ready to become the person I am inside. To become her. To tell the world. To tell Eric. But when?Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan''s destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they''re meant to be-and if they''re meant to be together. From the award-winning author of If I Was Your Girl, Meredith Russo, comes a heart-wrenching and universal story of identity, first love, and fate."Beautifully written, Birthday is an altogether singular contribution to the gradually growing body of transgender literature and, indeed, to mainstream literature, as well." -ALA Booklist, starred review

Editorial Reviews

"Tender, beautiful.it''s a sensitive, uplifting narrative, one that feels much-needed." -Nylon, Best Book of the Month"In addition to being exquisitely written, Birthday showcases the best of YA: its ability to instill empathy in readers. Written by a trans author, Birthday gives an essential perspective into the trans experience." -Refinery29, Best Book of the Month"Meredith Russo, the author of If I Was Your Girl, is back with a gorgeous story of first love. Eric and Morgan share a birthday, and everything else, too. This book follows the two on six of their birthdays-only on their birthday-and in the process, tells a wrenching story about love, friendship, sexuality, and gender." -Bustle, Best Book of the Month"Beautifully written, Birthday is an altogether singular contribution to the gradually growing body of transgender literature and, indeed, to mainstream literature, as well." -ALA Booklist, starred review"Birthday is a luminous and profoundly moving coming-of-age story of love, family, friendship, destiny, and the struggle to live as one''s truest self. It will break your heart, piece it back together even stronger, and do it again and again until the last page." -Jeff Zentner, author of Rayne & Delilah''s Midnite Matinee "Stonewall Award winner Russo (If I Was Your Girl) tackles teen love, heartbreak, sexuality, and gender identity in this novel told over the course of six years through the alternating voices of transgender girl Morgan and cisgender boy Eric, two childhood best friends who share the same birthday. A realistic picture of the challenges that teens may face when finding themselves and falling in love." -Publishers Weekly"Stonewall Award winner Russo captures the intense longing of two teens who feel trapped in their small town.the slow-burn romance is affirming and worth the wait. An emotional, winning touchdown." -Kirkus"Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, this book is a celebration of friendship, life, and enduring love between two teens." -Mason Deaver, author of I Wish You All the Best"I couldn''t put it down. Birthday broke my heart and made me tear up, but it was also so triumphant. This book will save lives." -Camryn Garrett, author of Full DisclosurePraise for If I Was Your GirlALA Stonewall Book Award WinnerWe Need Diverse Books'' Walter Dean Myers Award Honor Book Goodreads Choice Award FinalistiBooks YA Novel of the Year Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearKirkus Best Book of the YearLambda Literary Award FinalistAmazon Best Book of the YearBarnes & Noble Best Book of the YearNew York Public Library Best Book of the YearChicago Public Library "Best of the Best"Zoella Book Club PickBustle Best YA Book of the YearALA''s Best Fiction for Young Adults ListYALSA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant ReadersYALSA Teens'' Top 10 PickABA IndieNext Top 10 PickOne Flavorwire''s 50 Books Every Modern Teenager Should Read"A necessary, universal story about feeling different." -Kirkus, starred review"An illuminating debut guided by hope and overwhelming kindness." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"Everything a coming-of-age novel should be." -SLJ, Popular Pick"Will change minds and open hearts." -Nina LaCour, author of We Are Okay"This book is exactly what YA is for: to break ground, to break hearts, to teach us empathy, to find the universal in the specific. I loved every word." -Julie Buxbaum, author of Tell Me Three Things"Read this wonderful book. Just read it." -Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places