Home and Away by Candice Montgomery

Home and Away

Tasia Quirk is young, Black, and fabulous. She's a senior, she's got great friends, and a supportive and wealthy family. She even plays football as the only girl on her private high school's team.But when she catches her mamma trying to stuff a mysterious box in the closet, her identity is suddenly called into question. Now Tasia’s determined to unravel the lies that have overtaken her life. Along the way, she discovers what family and forgiven...

Details Home and Away

TitleHome and Away
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
PublisherPage Street Publishing
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Lgbt, Sports and Games, Sports, Fiction

Reviews Home and Away

  • Candice Montgomery
    I wrote this dirty little love letter to being young, Black and female. I kinda like it. Hope you do too. 🌻
  • Kayla Brunson
    I really don’t know where my rating stands on this one. I’m stuck really at a 3.5 but I’m going to stay at 3 stars. While this book really did touch on some good subjects, I was either confused or annoyed the other times I was reading.Tasia character needed a pat on the back while at the same time needed a good slap across the face. The way she handled certain situations didn’t really sit well with me. I get her whole world collapsed but ...
  • Jazmen
    I often get caught up in stories and covers that reflect so many of the faces and stories of people I know, people that look like me. I can’t say that Home and Away was any different. The cover featured a black girl and the first line of the synopsis described her as “young, fabulous and black.”I was in.But I have some disappointments/dislikes along with some likes.Tasia Quirk’s character reminded me a lot of Starr in T.H.U.G.Seemingly ba...
  • Mandy
    **I received an ARC of this - thank you so much to Page Street Publishing but it didn't change my opinion at all**I highs and lows with this novel, and I'm not sure what to do with myself. There were things that I really liked, but there were parts that had me frustrated. I even thought about bringing out my Elsa rating at some points, because I felt so conflicted about it (Elsa is my rating for books that I literally cannot figure out a proper c...
  • Roxanne
    Tasia is enjoying her life, a cornerback for a great team until one night everything in her life falls apart. I was going to spoil the heck out of the book, but I went back to check the synopsis before I just charged ahead and I am glad I did, because they didn't give it away and neither will I. So now my challenge is how to talk about this book without ruining it! Okay first I am not a football fan, but I thought it was super cool that Tasia pla...
  • Maria
    I loved this beautiful book. The writing was amazing, the story *real* and human and full of complexities. I loved the layered characters, the deeply complex family and friendship dynamics and I adored the love the main characters shared with each other, no matter how frail or complicated their connection might be at times.Plus, the questions and feelings and problems surrounding the simple request for honesty were incredible. Perfect and relatab...
  • Heatherblakely
    I was 17 or 18 when I found out my dad wasn’t actually my father and I was actually biracial. I couldn’t find out anymore information because my mother was already dead, and no one is allowed to tell me how to feel about this book because it is a book of my heart.
  • Mel Howard
    I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Home and Away and decided I HAD to write a review for this fantastic book. There won’t be any spoilers in this review except for me stating explicitly the main character’s discovery about their identity, but it’s revealed pretty early in the book. If you still would like it be a secret, I’ll put *POTENTIAL SPOILER* before the paragraph in question.First, let’s talk about the sports aspect since I was ...
  • Mary Fan
    Loved this book! Loved Tasia’s voice, loved the memorable supporting cast, loved the emotional rawness, loved how the story unflinchingly depicted tough and complex issues in Tasia’s life...
  • Victoria
    2/5 Stars ** Review to come.
  • Jessie
    I appreciate how much Tasia was allowed to be angry here, the ways in which she defined what forgiveness needed to look like for her in different relationships.Siblings
  • Natalie
    Wow I really loved this debut. I was so lucky to win an ARC and very quickly fell in love with Tasia "Taze" Quirk our black girl football playing MC. It's all told from her POV and damn my feelings took a hit. They were allll over the place because Taze is going through some internal turmoil after some truths about herself come to light. Taze by herself is such an amazing character. So well fleshed out. But then we see Taze interacting with other...
  • Denise
    I really wanted to like this book. The premise is really interesting, and it was great to have a protagonist talk out loud about some of the issues a lot of black women are afraid to vocalize really acknowledge outside of their circles. However, and this could be the fact that I'm way older than the protagonist, but I kept getting hung up on just how privileged Tasia was. She admits is, freely, but when she finds out this earth-shattering secret,...
  • Zezee
    I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did partly because of its genre and partly because of what the story is about. I immediately assumed it would focus a lot on football, which sort of turned me off, but I’m glad the mention of the mysterious box caught and held me and made me give the story a chance.It’s the mystery that kept me reading. The more I learned, the more I wondered who sent the box, which contains much information a...
  • Emily
    This is for sure one of those YA novels that is tough to read as an adult; I swear I spent half of it mentally going "wait, slow down, handle this better, don't rush to judgment, try and understand --" at the main character. Some pretty intense stuff happens to Tasia, and as much as she talks tough you don't forget that she's a kid who is only just learning how to handle this kind of thing. That's frustrating at times but I gotta admire Montgomer...
  • Linor David
    I think this book has legs, lots of interesting characters, some romance, some angst, the main character is just this super cool football playing high school girl with so much going for her. Her search for her identity seemed like a bit of a stretch at time, but was also a driving force in the book. I liked Tasia a lot, I rooted for her the whole way through, and I think it would be hard not to.
  • Weston Humphreys
    This book wrecked me in the best way possible. Anybody who enjoys feeling things should pick this up. What things? All of them, every feeling. Heartbreak, pride, gratitude, and fear. “Home and Away” explores issues surrounding identity and belonging in a profound and personal way. I can tell this story is going to be with me for a very long time.
  • Julia Marie
    I really enjoyed this one. HOME AND AWAY brings together the complexities of identity in really excellent ways that I know teens need, because I could’ve used this book when I was one. Really looking forward to what Montgomery puts out next!
  • Kim Trusty
    A few adult reviewers have been a bit harsh with this book. Tasia is a teenager. She acts, and reacts, like a teenager and Montgomery has done a stellar job of presenting that here. Super enjoyable. And just enough football to make it believable, without making me want to gouge my eyes out.
  • Kirsti Call
    Beautifully written, complex, thought provoking. FYI: Not appropriate for a young teen...
  • Farhiya
    I wanted to like this book sooo bad, but I don't know..... it didn't hit the spot
  • Lit Geeek
    The writing was pretty good, but I just didn't feel drawn into the story.
  • Kayla
    This is a great book about a Black girl named Tasia Quirk discovering her identity and learning about forgiveness. A great read!
  • Vee Signorelli
    I freaking loved this book. It was unlike anything I've read before, in a way I can't entirely describe. It's gonna stick with me (in the best way) for a long time.
  • Meyrnah Khodr
    3 and a half stars.