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Birthday

Birthday

A Novel

Meredith Russo

Flatiron Books

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One Day meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this unconventional love story told by the award-winning author of If I Was Your Girl, Meredith Russo!

The stars align when two very different kids, Morgan and Eric, are born in the same hospital on the same day, setting into motion a series of events that’ll shape who they are and who they’re destined to become. They’re best friends who will come together, drift apart, kiss, fall in love, and ultimately, discover how much fate has in store for them.

The follow-up to If I Was Your Girl, Meredith Russo’s beloved and acclaimed debut, Birthday is a novel told in six years of snapshots of the characters’ birthdays, peeling back the bittersweet layers in this slice of life romance.

Praise for Birthday

Birthday is a luminous and profoundly moving coming-of-age story of love, family, friendship, destiny, and the struggle to live as one’s truest self. It will break your heart, piece it back together even stronger, and do it again and again until the last page.” —Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King

“Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, this book is a celebration of friendship, life, and enduring love between two teens.” —Mason Deaver, author of I Wish You All the Best

“I couldn’t put it down. Birthday broke my heart and made me tear up, but it was also so triumphant. This book will save lives.” —Camryn Garrett, author of Full Disclosure

Praise for If I Was Your Girl

ALA Stonewall Book Award Winner
We Need Diverse Books’ Walter Dean Myers Award Honor Book
Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
iBooks YA Novel of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Best Book of the Year
Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Amazon Best Book of the Year
Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year
New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best”
Zoella Book Club Pick
Bustle Best YA Book of the Year
ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults List
YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
YALSA Teens’ Top 10 Pick
ABA IndieNext Top 10 Pick
“One of the 50 Books Every Modern Teenager Should Read” —Flavorwire

“A necessary, universal story about feeling different.” —Kirkus, starred review

“An illuminating debut guided by hope and overwhelming kindne… More…





















Birthday is a luminous and profoundly moving coming-of-age story of love, family, friendship, destiny, and the struggle to live as one’s truest self. It will break your heart, piece it back together even stronger, and do it again and again until the last page.” —Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King

“Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, this book is a celebration of friendship, life, and enduring love between two teens.” —Mason Deaver, author of I Wish You All the Best

“I couldn’t put it down. Birthday broke my heart and made me tear up, but it was also so triumphant. This book will save lives.” —Camryn Garrett, author of Full Disclosure

Praise for If I Was Your Girl

ALA Stonewall Book Award Winner
We Need Diverse Books’ Walter Dean Myers Award Honor Book
Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
iBooks YA Novel of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Best Book of the Year
Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Amazon Best Book of the Year
Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year
New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best”
Zoella Book Club Pick
Bustle Best YA Book of the Year
ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults List
YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
YALSA Teens’ Top 10 Pick
ABA IndieNext Top 10 Pick
“One of the 50 Books Every Modern Teenager Should Read” —Flavorwire

“A necessary, universal story about feeling different.” —Kirkus, starred review

“An illuminating debut guided by hope and overwhelming kindness.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

”Everything a coming-of-age novel should be.” —SLJ, Popular Pick

“Will change minds and open hearts.” —Nina LaCour, Printz Award-winning author of We Are Okay

“This book is exactly what YA is for: to break ground, to break hearts, to teach us empathy, to find the universal in the specific. I loved every word.” —Julie Buxbaum, author of Tell Me Three Things

Read this wonderful book. Just read it.” —Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places

“If there's any justice in the world, we’re all witnessing a YA powerhouse in the making.” —Forever YA

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Meredith Russo

MEREDITH RUSSO was born, raised, and lives in Tennessee. She started living as her true self in late 2013 and never looked back. If I Was Your Girl was partially inspired by her experiences as a trans woman. Like Amanda, Meredith is a gigantic nerd who spends a lot of her time obsessing over video games and Star Wars.

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Meredith Russo

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