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Youth Group
by Jordan Morris, illustrated by Bowen McCurdy

​Kay and her mom have an agreement—if Kay attends the Underground Youth Group at her mom’s church, Stone Mission, then she can apply to colleges in New York (where she can hopefully escape sunny California and her parents’ recent divorce). Kay muscles through the meetings with sardonic quips critical of the institution of church and looks forward to mopey poetry readings in the woods with somewhat crush/friend Wilder.

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