Can't Take That Away

Can't Take That Away

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A debut novel about a genderqueer teen who finds the courage to stand up and speak out for equality when they are discriminated against by their high school administration.

Carey Parker dreams of being a diva, and bringing the house down with song. But despite their talent, emotional scars from an incident with a homophobic classmate and their grandmother's spiraling dementia make it harder and harder for Carey to find their voice.

Then Carey meets Cris, a singer/guitarist who makes Carey feel seen for the first time in their life. With the rush of a promising new romantic relationship, Carey finds the confidence to audition for the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the school musical, setting off a chain reaction of prejudice by Carey's tormentor and others in the school. It's up to Carey, Cris, and their friends to defend their rights--and they refuse to be silenced.

Told in alternating chapters with identifying pronouns, debut author Steven Salvatore's Can't Take That Away is both a romance, and an affirmation of self-identity.

Title:Can't Take That Away
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781547605309
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    Can't Take That Away Reviews

  • Kai

    A genderqueer icon punching bigotry and ignorance to Mars? We can only stan...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    Accurate representation of fluff and stuff!So glad I picked up this book on its publication day!Yes, it's my reader dream come true to read a new book on the day it's out and devour it and actually fa...

  • Adri

    CWs: instances of homophobia, bullying, and misgendering; use of homophobic slurs; exploration of gender dysphoria; mentions of suicide ideation; allusions to depression and anxiety; exploration o...

  • Larry H

    Can't Take That Away , Steven Salvatore's debut novel, is an absolutely fantastic book about the courage to be yourself and be proud of yourself that left me in a complete emotional puddle.Carey is...

  • Anniek

    My new goal in life is to do whatever it takes to protect Carey.This is such a messy contemporary, and brilliantly so. It just feels so incredibly real, and at the same time all of the bad things are ...

  • Virginia Ronan ? Herondale ?

    I don't know about you, but I'm game!A book with a genderqueer character and a strong message will always land on my TBR! 🌈Plus, there's a musical trope too and I'm such a sucker for them! XDThis s...

  • Berry

    Berry A genderqueer, Troye Sivan looking mc who will falsetto the bigotry away? Yes ma'am, thank you....

  • Heron

    Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore was one of my most anticipated 2021 releases. A genderqueer diva using the power of song for self exploration and affirmation? Yeah, that’s my brand. Plus,...

  • Rae

    Conflicted between 2 stars and 4 stars. RTC....

  • laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    Trigger Warning: Assault, Misgendering, Homophobia, Transphobia, Car Accident, Family DeathRespect My Existence or Expect My ResistanceCarey Parker dreams of being a diva. They have the talent. They h...