The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson

The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson

Gr. 9-12 ***Starred Review*** Lou is working at her Canadian family’s ice-cream joint to earn money for college. What should be a low-key summer hits the first of several bumps when her uncle also hires her white ex-boyfriend, Wyatt, and her long-absent, former best friend, King, who is Black. Worse yet, after her mother leaves to sell her beadwork on the powwow circuit, Lou learns that her biological father, the white man who raped her Métis mother when she was a teen, is out of prison and wants to talk with Lou. She grapples with personal secrets, humiliation by white boys and men in town, her identity, and confusion over her sexuality (she comes to realize she’s demisexual)—all while trying to piece together information about her family. [Read the full review here]

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