A NovelThis complex and lyrical coming-of-age novel portrays the messiness of teenage life as V learns to confront her problems.
Virginia “V” Dunn is alone when a hit-and-run accident leaves her dog, Lucky, bleeding and helpless. Suddenly, the monotony of her suburban life dissolves: Lucky is in a cast, her best friend is avoiding her, her mother’s drinking is getting worse, and her father is sick with a mysterious illness. Although V is surrounded by family, she is the loneliest girl in town.
In her search for answers to life’s difficult questions—about death, friendship, family and betrayal—V is floundering. Until she meets the captivating Jane.
But her new love also leads to confusion, until V realizes the only way forward is to dive in, even if it means breaking every rule.
Acclaimed author Stacey Donovan’s thought-provoking novel, Dive is filled with the poetry, drama, and beauty of young love, and touches on the importance of finding out who you really are.
- Pub Date
- Open Road Integrated Media
- Age Range
- 14 - 18
“V for Victory!” —The Advocate
“Poetic . . . [Donovan’s] frank approach to lesbian love and fatal illness packs a hard punch that will leave readers breathless.” —Publishers Weekly
“A masterfully descriptive psychological novel . . . Full of clarity and a strange beauty. This is a novel that is sure to provoke much thought and debate.” —School Library Journal
“[Donovan] has created a work of richly crafted prose that faithfully portrays the voice of adolescence. . . . [Her] characters have an affair, and like everything else in the book, it is depicted poetically.” —The New York Times
“Donovan’s writing is deep and resonant. There is an underlying tension that becomes all but palpable.” —The Boston Book Review
“Young women need more coming-of-age novels with complex heroine narrators giving their teen’s-eye view of the world; Donovan’s bold, compelling novel helps to fill that need.” —Booklist
“Stacey Donovan’s Dive neatly dismantles the argument that fiction for teens can’t also be serious, messy, thought-provoking literature. . . . [She] is braver, willing to imagine a world in which kids, like adults, write poetry, and in which adults, like kids, are lost.” —Noah Berlatsky, The Atlantic
“Dive is a beautiful YA novel of the highest quality.” —Nora Olsen, author of Frenemy of the People
About the author
Stacey Donovan is a critically acclaimed author of fiction and nonfiction for adults and young adults. She is the founder of Donovan Edits, and has edited or ghostwritten more than twenty-five books, including three New York Times bestsellers and several nonfiction titles that have become leading works in their respective fields. Donovan lives in New York, where she continues to write and edit.