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Releasing May 28, 2024

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The Redemption of Daya Keane


The end of Daya Keane’s junior year in Escondido, Arizona is anything but expected. And it all starts when her long-time, swoon-worthy crush, Beckett Wild, actually talks to her at a party neither of them should have been at.


But as Daya’s best friends Stella and B’Rad are quick to point out, smart, cute, artistic Beckett is also the poster girl for the wildly popular youth group at Grace Redeemer, the mega church Daya’s mom prays at and pushes her daughter to attend.


Amid the concert-worthy light shows, high-energy live band, and pastor preaching to love thy neighbor so long as thy neighbor “gets right with God” first, Daya struggles to find her place in a house of worship that doesn’t seem to create space for someone like her. Then again, she never planned to fall this hard for a girl like Beckett Wild.


Now Daya has to decide how far she’s willing to surrender to Beckett’s world of Grace Redeemer, and who she’s willing to become to be with her.

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NYT Bestselling Author

Gia Gordon captures the complexities of love, faith, and growing up queer in this pitch-perfect portrayal of a young woman learning to navigate the world on her own terms. You’ll be thinking about Daya and her unforgettable story long after you’ve finished!

Stonewall & Pura Belpre Honor Awards

With vibes of The Half of It and The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School, Gia Gordon presents an emotional and deeply relevant coming-of-age story about the power—and the cost—of embracing your truth.

Stonewall and Lambda Literary Winning Author

 A heartfelt and beautiful queer coming of age story. I fell in love with it with my whole heart. Gia Gordon took me to a world I’ll never forget, where I just wanted to hang out with Daya and her dazzling friends, B’Rad and Stella. Read it. Now.

NYT Bestselling Author

The Redemption of Daya Keane is a glowing affirmation of staying true to your heart. The road might not always be easy, but Gia Gordon shows with witty and observant prose that staying true to yourself will never steer you wrong.


Heartbreaking and hopeful all at once, this contemporary queer coming-of-age story treads deeply into heavy topics, particularly intertwined grief, abuse, and religious trauma ... 
Gordon’s debut captures the full tapestry of Daya’s emotions in prose rich with vivid imagery and metaphor.
Raw and achingly truthful.


The complexity and relatability of Daya’s character as she struggles to stay true to herself while pursuing Beckett is immense... it's that relatability, combined with clear prose and an enjoyable story, that allows space for nuance in topics that are typically presented as clearcut for queer youth.


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