When Shai receives text messages from her girlfriend Marlena and reads them during class, her mom finds out what her A-student daughter’s been doing behind her back and kicks her out of the house. Soon Shai becomes involved with an unusual group of friends in Cuban Miami. Can a discarded free-thinker turn the corner into a world as tender, exciting, and painful as her first love–and create a new kind of family?
I was certain that soon Marlena would be in my arms. After a few hours of fun, we’d transform into all the colors of the spectrum until that kaleidoscopic nanosecond where we’d turn luminous, phosphorescent and fly…
But instead, I got myself into a hellish nightmare.
- Fart Face
- Miss Superior Sicko
America’s Award Commended Title–America’s Award
“… laugh-out-loud irreverent…”-STARRED ALA Booklist Review
” … encompasses humor and love for Cuban culture… A passionate girl loses her first love but finds community and self in this flashy debut with…lots of heart.”–Kirkus Reviews
“… honest, intense…”–Publisher’s Weekly
“… Dole’s infusion of lively, spicy Cuban-American culture set against a hot Miami setting makes it rise above many other titles in the genre.–School Library Journal
ALA Booklist Top Ten First Novels for Youth–Booklist Top Ten
Nominated for ALA Best Books for YA’s–Down To The Bone, Mayra Lazara Dole
“… Laura’s unique, spunky attitude fleshes out the more dramatic bits and keeps the pages turning. Readers will relish the teen’s descriptions of the food, fury, and passion that make up her life–Hillias J. Martin, Librarian, New York Public Library
“… Laura takes us through a world of young gay Miami culture–Out Smart Magazine
“… Laura is a character to root for: sassy and sarcastic, insightful but naïve, loving but defensive. She’s an authentic teenager down to her Miami slang and effusive enthusiasm…” Bay Windows – New England’s largest GLBT newspaper & EDGE Magaine, Biran Jewell
“.. .Dole addresses issues of class and culture in this great title“–CCBC-Net Digest, Vol 34, Issue 17
“… full of vitality and gusto. It’s a fiery, vivid, very queer novel, brimming with love of myriad kinds, from sexual love to the kind of love that lets you build a family of choice when your family of origin doesn’t work out…” PW children’s book critic
“… a Miami so alive that it almost becomes character in her book…”–Harper Collins Executive Editor
“… Dole captivatingly colors Laura and her entourage with a rainbow of multicultural dialects, bits of Spanish, and slang-New York Public Library .
“… all sorts of interesting cultural discussion of what it means to be gay in the Miami/Cuban society plus some heartfelt angst on the part of a good kid who is having a really rough time…”–Colleen Mondor: Chasing Ray
“… hilarious! … breezy style… wry dialog…”–KT Horning, CCBC
“… bold and energy-packed…”–Alex Sanchez, author of The God Box
“… colorful and energetic…”–Brent Hartinger, Split Screen
“… The dialogue is fast and funny in this debut novel, which is set in Miami’s Cuban American community…”– Hazel Rochman
“… joyous, hilarious, fun and stretches you emotionally. – SLJ
Down to the Bones is a complex, complicated and stirring tale. Dole has a way with metaphors and comparisons that bring life and richness to her writing. The depictions of her characters create instantaneous emotional connections.