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Since sixth grade, Debbie Woodlawn has nursed a secret crush for her best friend, Lisa. All that time, Debbie pretended to love 80s sit-coms and abstinence rallies, just to be with her. So when Lisa hooks up with the most boring guy at school, Debbie decides it’s time to confess her love. But first, she embarks on an almost holy quest.

Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780738730028
Publisher: Flux
Tags:  Reading Level: Grades 9-12, Interest Level: Grades 9-12, LGBTQ+, Humorous

Do you feel lost? Confused? Alone? (Circle one): Yes or No. The Church of Blue can help. We are not a cult. $5 for a holy quest is a good deal. Since sixth grade, Debbie Woodlawn has nursed a secret, heart-searing crush on her best friend, Lisa. But all those years of pretending to enjoy Full House reruns and abstinence rallies with Lisa go down the drain when her friend hooks up with Norman, the most boring guy at school. This earth-shattering event makes Debbie decide to do the unthinkable: confess her love to Lisa. And she has to do it tonight—before Lisa and Norman go past “the point of no return.” So Debbie embarks on a quest to find Lisa. Guiding the quest are fellow students/detention hall crashers Emma and Tim, the founding (and only) members of the wacky Church of Blue. Three chases, three declarations of love, two heartbreaks, a break-in, and five dollars worth of gas later, Debbie has been fully initiated into Bluedaism—but is there time left to stop Lisa and Norman from going too far? Click here to view the book trailer for Sparks.

Copyright: 2011
Page Count: 264
ATOS: 4.9
Lexile: 580L
Rights Territory: Worldwide
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Humorous / General

S.J. Adams previously worked as the chief of the Smart Aleck Staff, the team that created the acclaimed Smart Aleck’s Guide to American History by Adam Selzer. Adams lives in Chicago. Visit the author online at or for more information.

Reviews and Awards

“A worthy addition to an LGBT fiction collection.” — VOYA

“A kinetic and well-paced comedy.” — Kirkus Reviews

A 2014 YALSA Popular Paperback
A 2013 ALA Stonewall Honor Book
A 2013 ALA Rainbow List Selection

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