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At the age of seventeen, Paige Alexander had it all planned.

She wrote a letter, sat in the bath, and slit her wrists. Her plan failed.

Her best friend, Alex, is dead.

Paige can’t get over her twin sister blaming her for a tragic event in their past.

Colorado is in the midst of voting on lesbian and gay rights and Paige is terrified to come out of the closet, fearful for her life.

Many people in Paige’s life are keeping secrets from her. Will she piece everything together before it’s too late?

In this gripping first-person narrative, a young college student grapples with more than first loves or coming of age. In a world filled with homophobia, suicidal feelings, and a dysfunctional family, Paige cuts her wrists in an attempt to free herself from the crazy life that’s all she’s ever known.

Could there be new lessons in store for Paige? With the help of her girlfriend, friends, and a compassionate therapist, can Paige find the safe space she needs to heal, grow, and cut her strings?

Paige survives a suicide attempt after losing her best friend. She faces homophobia, guilt, and secrets in Colorado.

Can she overcome her past and find love, healing, and freedom?

A first-person lesbian novel about coping with trauma and finding oneself.

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About this book


Contemporary Romance


TB Markinson


327 pages


ebook, paperback

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Release date

November 1, 2013



What readers say
Beth Ann
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A bit of romance, a bit of suspense with a touch of social issues injected make this such a wonderful book to read that I have already gifted it to one friend and plan to give more as gifts in the future.
Hilary Grossman
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All the characters were well developed. Paige had a wicked / sarcastic sense of humor that often had me laughing out loud. And I loved the “cast of characters” that made up Paige’s college life.
Joannes Rhino
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This novel also has lots and lots of humor in it. I still remember at one part of the conversation I really laughed out loud cause I hit me in real life.
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