Mason’s YA debut is an authentic, bittersweet story of friendship, first love, and finding one’s way. Josie moves with her girlfriend, Annette, from Minnesota to Connecticut to attend Brookwood Academy, an elite boarding school. Josie wants a school that will challenge her, but more than that, she wants to save Annette from Annette’s alcoholic mother. However, Annette fits in too well, spending all her time with the “soleets” (social elites), becoming unrecognizable, while Josie struggles with feeling homesick and isolated. The girls agreed to keep their relationship a secret at first, but when Josie is ready to come out, Annette wants to wait. Josie falls in with her artistic roommate and a group of boys, while Annette heads for a self-destructive path. Mason captures the tangled, painful feelings of hanging on to love when it’s no longer working, and learning when to let go. With relatable writing and well-rounded characters, as well as a sensitive depiction of lesbian romance, this is a strong contemporary novel for older readers.