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Day’s YA – BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

Beloved Uncles, Bees, and Boyfriends!

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY by Candice Montgomery
9781624147999
Available October 8, 2019 from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

When Torrey’s favorite Uncle Miles unexpectedly dies, Torrey inherits Miles’ most prized possession: his bee farm. In honor of his dear uncle, Torrey devotes himself wholeheartedly to taking care of the bees. But, as Torrey leaves L.A. to attend SFSU—the first in his family to attend college—he learns of the city’s plans to foreclose on the farm. 

While juggling demanding college professors and making new friends (including his first boyfriend!), Torrey is now fighting against the gentrification of his L.A. neighborhood to help protect the bees. Can Torrey successfully balance college life AND save the bee farm?

Torrey’s voice is among the most authentic I’ve read in YA. He is smart, funny, and reading his story feels like talking to a friend. And while his family life is complicated, and battling the city isn’t easy, Torrey remains unapologetically himself—Black, gay, and incredibly passionate about bees. 

The novel’s secondary characters are well developed and as enjoyable to get to know as Torrey. There’s Torrey’s roommate, the loyal Desh, and their suitemates, the four Black STEM-focused “no nonsense on every level” young women.There aren’t many college-set YA novels, and BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY is a beautifully diverse addition to this nascent sub-genre. 

This book is a brilliant and important exploration of college life, the impact of gentrification, cultural identity, and community. I’d recommend it to everyone, but especially to fans of Nic Stone, Elizabeth Acevedo, Angie Thomas, and Nicola Yoon.

Happy reading!
<3 Emily

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