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“his love is like a pine / fixing the ground / so nothing else will grow / his love waits like a pine waits / throwing bombs down / and helicopters. / Vanilla won’t stop unless i climb / except he has no limbs / low enough / to the ground”–“Hunter,” excerpt from Vanilla by Billy Merrell.

To put it simply, Hunter and Vanilla share a love–a beautiful, deep-as-the-ocean kind of love, one that cannot be replaced. They were the couple that everyone saw as a couple: the two guys who came out together, sailed through middle school together, and dated since the beginning of seventh grade. But as their relationship gets rocky, cracks begin to show.

Falling in love is hard.

Staying in love is harder.

Told in a series of melodic, sweet-tangy poems, Vanilla is the story of two boys who have been in love for a long time but must face the fact that they want different things from each other. Not just a book for LGBTQIA+ readers but also for teens who have braved through the complications and commemorations in a relationship. Scrumptious and sweet, Vanilla will touch your heart and take your breath away.

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Author Billy Merrell
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Push
Publish Date 2017-Oct-10
ISBN 9781338100921
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Issue April 2018
Category Young Adult


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