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A contemporary YA debut from award-winning playwright Gina Femia, Alondra is a coming-of-age story of friendship and romance, about a bisexual teen girl and her friends wrestling their way through the summer--sometimes on the playgrounds of Coney Island, sometimes with their feelings and at home.

Sixteen-year-old Alonda loves professional wrestling. So when she meets a group of teens with aspirations of wrestling fame in her Coney Island neighborhood, she couldn't be happier. So as the ragtag team works to put on a show to remember, Alonda sheds her old self behind and becomes Alondra--the Fearless One. But with her conflicting feelings for King, the handsome leader of their group, and Lexi, the girl with the beautiful smile, Alonda has to ask herself: can she be as fearless outside of the ring as she is inside it?

About the Author

Gina Femia is an award-winning playwright and performer who has written more than thirty plays that have been produced all over the United States. Gina writes narratives that explore the spectrum of queerness, particularly ones that embrace joy. Gina grew up in Brooklyn and still lives there with Freddy, the best husband. Alondra is the first novel Gina has written.

"There's much to praise in this fast-paced and engaging debut, from the sense of found family that is part of Alonda's life in multiple ways to the commentary on the impact of gentrification...A satisfying and joyful read." --Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Pub date: April 18, 2023
320 pages
Format: Hardcover