Everything Within and In Between

by Nikki Barthelmess

On Sale: 10/05/2021

Everything Within and In Between

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Everything Within and In Between

by Nikki Barthelmess

On Sale: 10/05/2021

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About the Book

Color Me In meets I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter in Everything Within and In Between, a deeply honest coming-of-age story about reclaiming a heritage buried under assimilation, the bonds within families, and defining who you are for yourself.

For Ri Fernández’s entire life, she’s been told, “We live in America and we speak English.” Raised by her strict Mexican grandma, Ri has never been allowed to learn Spanish.

What’s more, her grandma has pulled Ri away from the community where they once belonged. In its place, Ri has grown up trying to fit in among her best friend’s world of mansions and country clubs in an attempt try to live out her grandmother’s version of the “American Dream.”

In her heart, Ri has always believed that her mother, who disappeared when Ri was young, would accept her exactly how she is and not try to turn her into someone she’s never wanted to be. So when Ri finds a long-hidden letter from her mom begging for a visit, she decides to reclaim what Grandma kept from her: her heritage and her mom.

But nothing goes as planned. Her mom isn’t who Ri imagined she would be and finding her doesn’t make Ri’s struggle to navigate the interweaving threads of her mixed heritage any less complicated. Nobody has any idea of who Ri really is—not even Ri herself.

Everything Within and In Between is a powerful new young adult novel about one young woman’s journey to rediscover her roots and redefine herself from acclaimed author Nikki Barthelmess.

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Critical Praise

"Barthelmess’ story thoughtfully explores intergenerational cultural dynamics and racial microaggressions as it follows Ri on her journey of self-discovery. An honest and engaging narrative." - Kirkus Reviews

“A relatable, compelling, and powerful story that offers a way forward, a way to reclaim and redefine one’s self.” - Randy Ribay, author of the National Book Award finalist Patron Saints of Nothing

“An earnest and heartfelt look at biracial identity, complicated family dynamics, and the discovery of awho we are and who we hope to become.” - Crystal Maldonado, author of Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

“A hopeful coming-of-age story about new friendships, first love, and figuring out how to bridge two worlds. It's a tender novel that glimmers with all of the wonder of self-discovery.” - Monica Gomez-Hira, author of Once Upon a Quinceañera

“A moving story about family, the challenges facing biracial teens, and the importance of forgiveness.” - Ismée Williams, author of This Train Is Being Held

A stunning story about having faith in oneself, one’s friends, and one’s family. Ri and all the people she loves are so real and full of heart that it’s impossible not to root for them" - Samantha Mabry, author of Tigers, Not Daughters

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062976901
  • ISBN 10: 0062976907
  • Imprint: HarperTeen
  • On Sale: 10/05/2021
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Assimilation

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