The Silence That Binds Us

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New York Times bestselling author Joanna Ho’s debut YA novel explores themes of racism, classism, loss, friendship, and mental health in an achingly powerful book that will challenge closely held beliefs. Perfect for fans of The Astonishing Color of After and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.

Joanna Ho, author of the New York Times bestseller Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, delivers an exquisite, heart-rending debut young adult novel that will inspire all to speak truth to power.

In the face of injustice will you speak up or stay silent?

Maybelline Chen isn't the Chinese Taiwanese American daughter her mother expects her to be. She doesn't like math, she’s always forgets her jacket, and she doesn’t have a summer internship lined up. Her beloved brother, Danny, on the other hand, has just been admitted to Princeton. But Danny secretly struggles with depression and when he dies by suicide, May's world is shattered.

In the aftermath, racist accusations are hurled against May's parents for putting too much “pressure” on him. May’s father tells her to put her head down. Instead, May challenges these ugly stereotypes through her writing. Yet the consequences of speaking out run much deeper than anyone could foresee. Who gets to tell our stories and who gets silenced? It’s up to May to take back the narrative.


Product Details:
ISBN/EAN: 0063059355 / 9780063059351
Publisher: Harperteen  
Publish Date: December 26, 2023
Pages: 448
Target Age: 14+