The Inside of Out (Hardcover)
Dial Books, 9780803740587, 432pp.
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
For fans of Casey McQuiston, Rachel Hawkins, and Rachel Dugan comes a story about bad allyship gone good. A Clueless and Emma for the modern age, this is a breezy but incisive tale of growing up, getting wise, and realizing every story needs a hero—sometimes it's just not you.
When her best friend Hannah comes out the day before junior year, Daisy is all set to let her ally flag fly. Before you can spell LGBTQIA, she’s leading the charge to end their school’s antiquated ban on same-sex dates at dances—starting with homecoming. And if people assume Daisy herself is gay? Meh, so what. It’s all for Hannah, right? It’s all for the cause. What Daisy doesn’t expect is for “the cause” to blow up—thanks to Adam, the cute college journalist whose interview with Daisy for his college newspaper goes viral, catching fire in the national media. With the story spinning out of control, protesters gathering, Hannah left in the dust of Daisy’s good intentions, and Daisy’s attraction to Adam practically written in lights, Daisy finds herself caught between her bold plans, her bad decisions, and her big fat mouth.
“Nuanced...This book will fly off the shelves” —VOYA, perfect score
“Smart, funny, and revealing” —Vox.com
“Recommend to fans of John Green and David Levithan” —SLJ
“A fresh, consistently engaging voice...The times are right for stories like [Daisy’s]” —BCCB
“A progressive book in a new era, one of the first of its kind” —The Missourian
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Praise For The Inside of Out…
An ALA Rainbow List Selection
★ “Nuanced . . . Thorne writes engagingly about complicated relationships, the importance of communication in understanding others’ perspectives, and the blindness of privilege. This book will fly off the shelves to a broad range of teens who will enjoy the humor and drama that Thorne brings to this story.” —VOYA, perfect score
“What happens when your best friend comes out of the closet and falls in love for the first time—all in the span of a few weeks? In [this] young adult comedy-of-errors . . . Daisy learns about the wrong way to be a straight LGBTQIA ally . . . It's a story about friendship, about coming of age, and about first love. But it's also a story about Daisy realizing and understanding her own privilege.” —Bustle
“This sweet-natured deconstruction of the straight savior narrative is smart, funny, and revealing. It’s a perfect primer for the post–Faking It era on when to let someone else be the hero of their own story.” —Vox.com
“Thorne expertly drops plot twists like bread crumbs . . . Although it takes on some heavy subjects, the work remains light through its [humor] . . . Teens will enjoy reading about Daisy's good intentions gone wrong as well as the bumpy love stories . . . Recommend to fans of John Green and David Levithan's Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Kris Dinnison's You and Me and Him.” —SLJ
“Successfully [drives] home the point that, sometimes, it’s better to support the voices of others than try to speak for them. One’s growing awareness of one’s own privilege is a topic too infrequently addressed, and makes for compelling reading.” —Booklist
“Energetically plotted . . . with a fresh, consistently engaging voice, this very current high school story is flavored with subtle back notes of insight regarding how tricky it can be to negotiate friendship and identity in today’s wash of gender fluidity and all varieties of privilege. . . . The times are right for stories like [Daisy’s].” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“A progressive book in a new era, one of the first of its kind. Shattering the traditional walls defining what ‘should’ be discussed in teen fiction, this book addresses real and relevant issues that the modern young adult deals with daily.” —The Missourian