Rabbit & Juliet (Hardcover)

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Rabbit & Juliet (Hardcover)

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Mixing the complicated queer love from People Like Us and the dark snark of Do Revenge—with searing commentary on misogyny and rape culture à la The Female of the Species—Pushcart Prize–winning author Rebecca Stafford wraps a haunting story inside an irreverent contemporary novel about agency, grief, and toxic first loves.

Seventeen-year-old Rabbit has been struggling to stay above water since her mom died. In the span of a year and half, her small Georgia town has become unbearably hellish: Her ex-boyfriend, resident golden boy Richard, turned into an unrelenting stalker; her friends are nonexistent; and her dad is campaigning hard for Functioning Alcoholic of the Year.

But all that changes when the sarcastic, gorgeous, and frustratingly impenetrable Juliet Bergman walks into Rabbit’s life. All hard angles and James Dean bravado, Juliet throws Rabbit a life preserver just before her depression threatened to sink her.

Then one morning, Rabbit’s ex-best-friend Sarah—Richard’s current girlfriend—shares a horrific discovery about Richard and his crew that pitches Rabbit back into darkness. The three girls vow to enact revenge on the boys for what they’ve been doing to unsuspecting girls at parties. With Juliet leading the charge and demanding blind loyalty from the girls, Rabbit falls harder for her than she thought possible. It isn't until Rabbit is faced with a startling act of violence that she must decide how far she's willing to go—for herself, for Juliet, and for justice—when love and grief threaten to topple everything.

Rebecca Stafford is a Pushcart Prize award–winning poet, writer, critic, and editor whose work has been published in the New Yorker and reviewed in the New York TimesRabbit and Juliet is her debut young adult novel. To learn more about Rebecca’s distinguished body of work, visit her online at rebeccastaffordauthor.com.

Product Details ISBN: 9780063351363
ISBN-10: 0063351366
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Publication Date: September 24th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English

“Powerful and provocative, Stafford explores toxic relationships in all their forms. A deep dive that asks what's right, what's wrong, and who is trustworthy.” — —Mindy McGinnis, Edgar Award-winning author of The Female of the Species