The Boy I Love by Nina de Gramont
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
When the boy you love asks you to keep his greatest secret, do you?
A thought-provoking, achingly complex novel about prejudice and the many meanings of love from Nina de Gramont, author of Meet Me at the River, which Kirkus Reviews called a “must-read.”
Sixteen-year-old Wren has been content to stay in her best friend Allie’s shadow. It doesn’t bother her that Ally gets the cutest guys, the cutest clothes, and even a modeling gig—Wren is happy hanging with the horses on her family’s farm and avoiding the jealousy of other girls. But when Tim, the most intriguing guy in school, starts hanging out with Ally and Wren, jealousy is unavoidable, but not the kind Wren expects. Because even though Ally is way into him and Wren hasn’t flirted, not one little bit, it becomes increasingly clear that Tim prefers Wren’s company above anyone else’s.
Tim’s unexpected devotion comes at the exact time Wren’s home life is about to be turned upside down. But at least there is Tim...always a gentleman and ever dependable. But as his own seemingly perfect world comes spiraling down around him and he tells Wren his biggest secret, Wren must decide what she’ll really do for love.
Nina de Gramont is the author of the story collection Of Cats and Men, which was a Book Sense selection and won a Discovery Award from the New England Booksellers Association. Her first novel, Gossip of the Starlings, was also a Book Sense pick. She is the co-editor of an anthology called Choice, and the author of a novel for teens, Every Little Thing in the World, which was an ALA pick for Best Fiction for Young Readers. Her next novel for teens, Meet Me at the River, comes out in October of 2013, and she is also the author, under the name Christine Woodward, of Rogue Touch, available in June of 2013. Nina’s work has appeared in Redbook, Harvard Review, Nerve, post road, and Seventeen. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.