A journey about figuring out the parts of life that school and parents do not explain: being poor, falling in love, deciding a future, hiding family secrets, and being gay. Can Josephine, aka Yonder, survive long enough to understand the past and find a new future?
Dandelions is a novel about Josephine, aka Yonder as the bullies call her, who is determined to return to the kind of life she had before: before she was poor, before she was alone, and before surviving was a daily challenge. Smothered in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, moving through childhood to adolescence, she learns how to be someone else on the outside. She has secrets that must stay hidden. Ultimately, this only fuels her need to find somewhere she can be accepted and loved for who she really is. No one explains why you are gay, why you get to be poor, why you fall in love, and why the future is such a scary thing. After all, it is not a class in high school.
Ownvoices: for lesbian representation.