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a memoir



With poignant verse, young adult author Laurie Boyle Crompton recounts her coming of age in rural Pennsylvania and her early twenties in New York City. Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, Laurie struggles with sexual relationships, playing the role of happy family at church despite her parents’ fights at home, her father’s alcoholism, her own self-image, and squeezing into painful designer jeans. Crompton’s heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir follows her journey through disordered eating and sexual assault to recovery and acceptance.


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