Emily for Real by Sylvia Gunnery

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Seventeen-year-old Emily's world crumbles when her boyfriend dumps her. On top of that, a number of shocking family secrets rise to the surface and threaten to tear her beloved family apart. Even her best friend seems to have deserted her. But then along comes Leo, a troubled classmate who becomes an ally when Emily most needs one. Leo, however, has his own challenges to face. Deserted by his dad, he struggles to be both mother and father to his little sister while his mom battles her alcohol addiction. Now Emily must find the strength to rise above her own troubles and support Leo as his home life careens out of control.
With incredible insight into the teenage psyche and speckled with pitch-perfect humor, Sylvia Gunnery has created an absorbing story of two teens on the brink of disaster who find solace in each other.

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Sylvia Gunnery is the author of many books for teens and younger readers. Throughout her teaching career, she has been inspired by her students to create authentic and engaging stories. Out of Bounds, the first in her series of sports novels, is a Best Books for Kids and Teens/Our Choice Selection and was nominated for the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award. Sylvia gives writing workshops in her home province of Nova Scotia and across Canada, encouraging young writers to find their own voices and tell their own stories.
Published September 1, 2012 by Pajama Press. 220 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books.

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After being dumped by her boyfriend, an emotionally shaken 17-year-old high school senior makes friends with an angry young man and discovers that the secure family she always considered rock-solid is riddled with lies and secrets.

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