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If I Tell You
If I Tell You by Alicia Tuckerman, debut Australian author. The 2018 must-read YA love story.
‘The second our eyes lock in the dark is all the time I need to know that whatever happens next, my life will never be the same.’
Life and love don’t wait until you’re ready, but what if finding yourself means losing everything you’ve ever known?
Seventeen-year-old Alex Summers lives with a secret and the constant fear someone will find out. But when a new family moves to town, they bring with them their teenage daughter Phoenix Stone. When Alex falls for Phoenix, there is no warning. In a small town with small minds, girls don’t go out with other girls, even if they want to.
In fear there is bravery – you can either cling to the edge or have the courage to jump. But what do you do when you’re left spiralling through the freefall?
This is a heart-wrenching story of love in an unloving Australian landscape.
Alicia Tuckerman was raised in rural NSW before she left home at the age of sixteen because she was terrified of what would happen if anyone found out she was a lesbian. Alicia wanted to write If I Tell You because of the lack of representation of LGBTQA+ in the media and arts when she was growing up. If I Tell You is a bittersweet YA love story that explores teen identity, love and loss.