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Ode to my first car / Robin Gow.

Gow, Robin, (author.).

Claire Kemp, a closeted bisexual who might be in love with her best friend, gets a summer job at a local nursing home where an eighty-eight-year-old lesbian helps Claire grow more confident in her identity.
It’s a few months before senior year and Claire Kemp, a closeted bisexual, is finally starting to admit she might be falling in love with her best friend, Sophia, who she’s known since they were four. Trying to pay off the fine from the crash that totals Lars, her beloved car, Claire takes a job at the local nursing home up the street from her house. There she meets Lena, an eighty-eight-year-old lesbian woman who tells her stories about what it was like growing up gay in the 1950s and ’60s. As Claire spends more time with Lena and grows more confident of her identity, another girl, Pen, comes into the picture, and Claire is caught between two loves–one familiar and well-worn, the other new and untested.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374388430
  • ISBN: 0374388431
  • Physical Description: 340 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2023.

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
Ages 14-18. Farrar Straus Giroux.
Grades 10-12. Farrar Straus Giroux.
Subject: Novels in verse.
Identity > Fiction.
LGBTQ+ people > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Genre: Queer fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Novels in verse.

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Bethlehem Area Public Library System.


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Bethlehem Main Library YA (Text) 33062009743890 New YA Fiction Available -

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