Books on Our Radar: Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore
When I first saw the cover for Can’t Take That Away, I let out a big gasp! The color palette, the gorgeous art, and the look on Carey’s face (what is THAT about?!). We can hardly wait to have this beauty in our libraries. Check out Steven’s preorder giveaway below and pick up Can’t Take That Away on March 9th!
Can't Take That Awayby Steven Salvatore
Published by: Bloomsbury YA
on March 9, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
An empowering and emotional debut about a genderqueer teen who finds the courage to stand up and speak out for equality when they are discriminated against by their high school administration.
Carey Parker dreams of being a diva, and bringing the house down with song. They can hit every note of all the top pop and Broadway hits. But despite their talent, emotional scars from an incident with a homophobic classmate and their grandmother's spiraling dementia make it harder and harder for Carey to find their voice.
Then Carey meets Cris, a singer/guitarist who makes Carey feel seen for the first time in their life. With the rush of a promising new romantic relationship, Carey finds the confidence to audition for the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the school musical, setting off a chain reaction of prejudice by Carey's tormentor and others in the school. It's up to Carey, Cris, and their friends to defend their rights--and they refuse to be silenced.
Told in alternating chapters with identifying pronouns, debut author Steven Salvatore's Can't Take That Away conducts a powerful, uplifting anthem, a swoony romance, and an affirmation of self-identity that will ignite the activist in all of us.