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We Ride Upon Sticks

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We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry
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Feb 16, 2021 | ISBN 9780525565437

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Praise

“Quirky, comic, and painstakingly detailed. . . . Barry writes with a sustained, manic energy.” The New York Times Book Review

“A fresh coming-of-age story.” Time

“Spellbinding, wickedly fun. . . . Each sentence fizzes like a just-opened bottle of New Coke.” O, The Oprah Magazine

“You may come for the sizzle of genre elements here, but you’ll stay for the rich bond forged by friendships on the field, the memories of misguided youth and the power of belief.” Variety

“A delightful, hilarious ode to the ‘80s.” Ms. Magazine

“A perfect blend of aesthetic and narrative pleasure. . . . Very funny and a little angry and a lot of fun.” —Maris Kreizman

“The prose style is neon and the laughs do not stop. I feel like the author wrote the entire book with an evil grin on her face.” —Molly Young, Vulture

“A charming novel that combines the beats of a sports movie with the dramas of teenagers coming of age. . . . There’s plenty of ’80s nostalgia . . . but Barry also delivers an earnest look at the divisions and secrets that can bubble up in a close group in any era.” —The AV Club

“Surprising and ultimately delightful. . . . The narration is playful, making the emotional crescendos even more satisfying. . . . Barry is a skilled storyteller and sentence artist who embraces irreverence where irreverence is due.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Almost too much fun to be allowed. . . . Truly a delight in every way.” —Literary Hub

“In a story filled with friendship, femininity and ‘80s iconography, Barry will keep you laughing with every turn of the page.” TODAY

“Charming. . . . But Barry is . . . careful not to let nostalgia paper over the real ways in which things were worse in the 1980s, particularly for queer people and people of color.” —NPR

“Riotously entertaining. . . . A witty, unruly ode to female empowerment and camaraderie.” The Capital Times

“Quan Barry writes of [her characters] lovingly, tracing their coming-of-age with sardonic wit and generous indulgence.” —The Washington Times

As many ’80s references as a Stranger Things fan could desire and a group of unforgettable female characters make this a delightful read.” BookPage

“Funny and inventive.” —Bookreporter

“Touching, hilarious, and deeply satisfying. . . . Readers will cheer [the team] on because what they’re really doing is learning to be fully and authentically themselves.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A playful, nostalgic run through 1980s suburbia. . . . Barry handles a large cast of characters nimbly and affectionately, allowing each to take a turn or two in the spotlight.” Publishers Weekly

Awards

ALA Alex Award WINNER 2021

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