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Pure Red


Orange is for energy, pink means love, and I, Cassia Bernard, do solemnly swear to find pure red—my passion—this summer. I’m giving basketball a chance. But what I really want to score this summer is Graham—a.k.a. Cutebutt. But when Dad agrees to mentor Graham with his art project, all of Cutebutt’s attention is on him—leaving me feeling colorless.

Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780738730844
Publisher: Flux
Tags:  Reading Level: Grades 9-12, Interest Level: Grades 9-12, Romance, Family, Coming of Age

I, Cassia Bernard, do solemnly swear to find pure red—my passion—this summer. Dad’s passion is art. When he’s painting, no one can reach him, not even me. My mom’s passion was the ocean. She said the ocean allows you to see whatever you want to see. That was one of the last things she ever said to me… Sometimes what your heart desires isn’t what it needs. Over the course of a hot Miami summer, sixteen-year-old Cassia discovers that sometimes it takes bullies and basketball, a best friend, and a gorgeous guy to help you understand what you actually need—and to help you see that, maybe, everything isn’t so black and white.

Copyright: 2011
Page Count: 240
Rights Territory: Worldwide
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Parents

Danielle Joseph (Miami, Florida) was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, where she learned to play French horn, guitar, and clarinet. She is the author of YA novel Shrinking Violet. Visit her online at

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Reviews and Awards

“Joseph’s third novel has much in common with her first two—strong teen girl protagonists who are straightforwardly dealing with real-life issues.” — VOYA

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