Tegan Quin, Sara Quin
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From iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a nostalgic memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their origin story.
‘Honest and hilarious, dishy and sweet, smart and self-aware and utterly charming.’ Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties
‘What a gift’ Ellen Page
High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, growing up in the height of grunge and rave culture in the 90s, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents’ divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school.
Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan’s point of view and Sara’s, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music and friendship they explored in their formative years. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, it captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from one another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.
High School embodies the singular gift of words leaping off of the page and becoming feelings, rattling around in the hearts and minds of a reader. The truth of nostalgia is that it must have multiple lenses to operate in its most flourishing form. Much like in their music, in this book, the voices of Tegan and Sara are two distinct bodies of water flowing into the same harmonious river, spilling through the echoing hallways of old high schools, through the bedrooms of first heartbreaks, through the old haunts that remind you of your own. This book is a triumph of memory, affection, and engaging writing * Hanif Abdurraqib, author of Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest * This book is the LSD-fueled, wallet-chained, Kurt Cobain-inspired handbook of how to become young, queer rock stars, written by chapter-swapping twins who I wish I had read when I was in high school. This book would have changed everything. I recommend reading it under the covers with a flashlight, and hiding it from your mother * Ivan Coyote, author of Tomboy Survival Guide and Rebent Sinner * This book is one of the most interesting and brave coming-of-age stories I have read in many years. Tegan and Sara reveal the confusion, the unraveling of personal truths, the fear, the excitement, the shame and the seclusion that many of us endure as we make our way through the world. This is also a book about how music saves people, how music gives us a voice and a reason to keep going * Jann Arden, singer, songwriter, and author of Feeding My Mother * High School highlights the indisputable fact that Tegan and Sara were never just musicians-they are master storytellers. In reflecting on that torturous span of time spent agonizing over one's body, friendships, parents, and desires, this book highlights how high school is less of a place or memory but a metaphor for uncertainty, and underlines the salvation that can only be found in music. High School foreshadows the beginning of a rich and riveting literary career * Vivek Shraya, musician and author of I'm Afraid of Men * Candid, tender, courageously honest, and heartbreakingly familiar; I could see myself and my own experience reflected in these stories, more so than in anything else I've ever read. Reading this book moved me deeply * Julien Baker, singer and songwriter * High school is a drag, but it's also a revelation, a space to craft your identity and, for Tegan and Sara Quin, a destiny-defining place. Tegan and Sara have consolidated first experiences, acid trips, queer loves, and losses in their blistering new memoir High School . . . A glorious, warts-and-all coming-of-age story . . . For music fans and young queer people to hold close -- Anna Cafolla * Dazed * With their music, Tegan and Sara offer listeners a glimpse at a specific time and place. In High School, they throw the door open and allow readers the opportunity to become fully immersed in their world. Tegan and Sara's stories of first loves, self discovery, and the insights into their relationship with each other are deeply moving and relatable. They never hold back from the absolute authenticity they are known for. I never wanted it to end * Clea DuVall, actress, She's All That and Girl, Interrupted * A genius memoir. Tegan and Sara are massively gifted songwriters, so it shouldn't have shocked me like it did. There's simply nothing like it. It's a completely original, utterly gripping, gorgeously written and captivating memoir that must be read. Tegan and Sara are bold, brilliant storytellers. High School is the freshest, most beautiful and fearlessly powerful coming-of-age memoir * Augusten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Toil & Trouble * Intense, vulnerable and life-affirming. Tegan and Sara take us back through their whirlwind journey, densely packed with the intricate complications and the envious, unspoken connection of growing up an identical twin * Abbi Jacobson * It should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever listened to a song by Tegan and Sara, that while not only are they able to convey the raw and complex emotions of the high school experience, the aimlessness of suburban life and the exhilaration of finding your way out, they also speak universal truths about intimacy between families and sisters, friends and lovers. They've captured a time and a place so perfectly, I can't exactly be sure that I wasn't there * Busy Philipps * To navigate the experiential landscape of high school is always an emotional minefield. To have Tegan and Sara unabashedly share the perspective of young lesbians is a rare and invaluable gift. The kind of empathetic education our society is starved for. * k. d. lang * What a gift to read the coming of age story of the brilliant Tegan and Sara. HIGH SCHOOL gives us a glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of both sisters as individuals and an evolving band. Their vulnerability, honesty and compassion, bursts through, and I know will make countless people feel less alone. It is so important for the LGBTQ+ community to have memoirs like this to be able to recognize themselves and be inspired to follow their truth. Oh what I would have done to have this book in high school. I am endlessly grateful to Tegan and Sara for giving so much to this world. * Ellen Page * Elegant and evocative . . . High School tells their story from 15 to 18 when they first took drugs, got girlfriends and picked up guitars -- Rebecca Nicholson * Guardian * This account of the pains and pleasures of dirtbag queer-girl adolescence is everything you could want from a memoir: honest and hilarious, dishy and sweet, smart and self-aware and utterly charming. What a gift to get this view of Tegan and Sara as sisters, as friends, and as artistic collaborators, as they were becoming musical icons, and-more importantly-themselves. * Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties *
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