On the day Torrey moves and officially becomes a college freshman, he gets a call that might force him to drop out before he’s even made it through orientation: the bank is foreclosing on the bee farm his Uncle Miles left him.
Torrey’s worked hard to become the first member of his family to go to college, but while the neighborhood held him back emotionally, Uncle Miles encouraged him to reach his full potential. For years, it was just the two of them tending the farm. So Torrey can’t let someone erase his uncle’s legacy without a fight.
He tries balancing his old life in L.A. with his new classes, new friends, and (sort of) new boyfriend in San Francisco, but as the farm heads for auction, the pressure of juggling everything threatens to tear him apart. Can he make a choice between his family and his future without sacrificing a part of himself?
"Readers will fall in love with this honest novel, which will instruct them to employ self-care and live their best lives."—School Library Journal
"A fresh take on gentrification and the impact it has on both individuals and community."—Kirkus Reviews
"Through Torrey’s struggles and vibrant, first-person voice, Montgomery (Home and Away) sheds light on larger social issues . . . Rather than providing pat answers to complicated problems, this contemporary coming-of-age novel raises essential questions to ponder."—Publishers Weekly