I run to feel my heart beat hard against my ribs, to feel strong, tough and free. I run from school and the
good girls, the bad girls, all the labels. Once, just days before he died of a swollen heart, I ran from the most popular boy in school. And then, the day he died, a new boy arrived. A boy I would run to if he would let me, and maybe he will.
This is the story. It’s about love. No matter how hard I try it’s never quite right. But I keep trying.I keep running anyway.
Upstream by Melissa Lion
Marty’s small Alaska town is the most beautiful place in the world. She has always loved walking with her
boyfriend, Steven, through fields of fireweed, and tying pink floozy flies to catch salmon as they swim
upstream. But something happened to Steven last summer.
Marty is starting senior year by herself. And
she knows her life will never be the same. People in town are starting to talk. She can feel their stares
and hear their whispers. But only Marty knows what happened, and she must never, ever tell.