Rise to the Sun
Following her triumphant debut You Should See Me in a Crown, Johnson delivers another YA novel full of friendship, romance, and music. Indiana teenagers Olivia and Toni stand on the precipice of change—but first, unbeknownst to each other, they can’t wait to attend the massive Farmland Music Festival with their respective best friends. Neither has finding love on their mind: Olivia is getting over a bad breakup; Toni is about to leave for college, and is still grieving a terrible loss. But each pair of friends desperately wants to win the #FoundAtFarmland scavenger hunt, and so they all team up—and when they do, sparks fly. Unfolding over a single weekend, this delightful story boasts a fast-paced plot, a whole lot of heart, and literary references to Jane Austen, Jo March, and Zora Heale Hurston. (Content warnings for gun violence, death of a parent, and sharing explicit images of a minor.)
From the author of You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson delivers a stunning novel about being brave enough to be true to yourself, and learning to find joy even when times are unimaginably dark.
Olivia is an expert at falling in love . . . and at being dumped. But after the fallout from her last breakup has left her an outcast at school and at home, she’s determined to turn over a new leaf. A crush-free weekend at Farmland Music and Arts Festival with her best friend is just what she needs to get her mind off the senior year that awaits her.
Toni is one week away from starting college, and it’s the last place she wants to be. Unsure about who she wants to become and still reeling in the wake of the loss of her musician-turned-roadie father, she’s heading back to the music festival that changed his life in hopes that following in his footsteps will help her find her own way forward.
When the two arrive at Farmland, the last thing they expect is to realize that they’ll need to join forces in order to get what they’re searching for out of the weekend. As they work together, the festival becomes so much more complicated than they bargained for. Olivia and Toni will find that they need each other, and music, more than they ever could have imagined.
Packed with irresistible romance and irrepressible heart, bestselling author Leah Johnson delivers a stunning and cinematic story about grief, love, and the remarkable power of music to heal and connect us all.