Rise to the Sun

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From the author of You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson delivers a stunning novel about being brave enough to be true to yourself, and learning to find joy even when times are unimaginably dark.
Three days. Two girls. One life-changing music festival.
Olivia is an expert at falling in love...and at being dumped. But after the fallout from her last breakup has left her an outcast, a crush-free weekend at Farmland Music and Arts Festival is just what she needs. 
Toni is one week away from starting college and is still reeling in the wake of the loss of her musician-turned-roadie father. She's heading to the music festival that changed his life, hoping that following in his footsteps will help her find her own way forward.
When Olivia and Toni arrive at Farmland, the last thing they expect is to need to join forces to get what they're searching for out of the weekend. But when they do, the two will find that they need each other - and music - more than they ever could have imagined.

Leah Johnson is a writer, editor and eternal Midwesterner, currently moonlighting as a New Yorker. She is a graduate of Indiana University and Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her MFA in fiction writing, and currently teaches in their undergraduate writing program. When she's not writing, you can usually find her on Twitter, ranting about pop culture and politics. You Should See Me in a Crown is her first novel


Rise to the Sun is a sweet, funny, and effervescent gem of a book. -- Nicola Yoon, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Sun is Also a Star and Everything, Everything

* Johnson's strengths are on full display in snappy dialogue that sings, heart-stopping romance, and realistically flawed Black teen characters learning from their mistakes, one by one . . . Johnson pens a love letter to the healing power of music, enduring friendship, summertime love stories, and hard-won resilience. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Rise to the Sun is a novel that will show Black girls just how brightly they can shine, and that love, like music, is a True Thing. -- Ashley Woodfolk, author of The Beauty that Remains and When You Were Everything

Leah Johnson seamlessly harmonizes fear with hope, tragedy with healing, and betrayal wtih redemption. This book is an anthem for every queer Black teen who's ever been told they're underserving of their happy ending. -- Julian Winters, award-winning author of Running with Lions

A solid sophomore novel celebrating love that begs for a soundtrack. -- Kirkus Reviews


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