Anna Priemaza (annab3lla on QT) has signed with agent Lauren Abramo of Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC.
Fifteen-year-old gamer Kat has panic attacks. Her counselor tells her to count her breaths, but for some reason "one Mississippi… two did I lock the door… three Granddad is dying…" doesn’t always work. What does work is keeping her life structured and solitary and virtual.
Skateboarder Meg might be craptastic at schoolwork, and her “blame the ADHD” hyperactivity might have scared away even her stepdad of seven years, but when she kisses boys, they swoon. So at least she’s got that going for her. And if kissing isn't enough to keep a guy around, maybe sex is. Meg’s not afraid to try it. She’s not afraid of anything, except maybe being alone.
Both girls are on a collision course with disaster when fate or God or maybe Her Majesty the Queen intervenes by making them lab partners on a year-long science project. Separately they are each a mess, but together they just might be able to battle their demons...if they don't kill each other first.
IF YOU CAN'T FLY (69,000 words) is a contemporary YA story of friendship, disability, sex and video games that will appeal to fans of the unique voice in Jandy Nelson's I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN and the characters' struggles with mental health and disability in Cammie McGovern's SAY WHAT YOU WILL. The story alternates between Meg's and Kat's POV.
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