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About Emily Juniper
Emily Juniper (previously Byrnes) is the author of YA novel "Rafa and the Real Boy," and four poetry collections (Coming home to her, Things I Learned in the Night, Swim, and A Strangely Wrapped Gift). She currently resides in upstate New York. She is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, an advocate for mental health in kids and teens, and animal rights. You can keep up with her world and works on Instagram and TikTok @by.emilyjuniper
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For fans of Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav, and Amanda Lovelace comes the third and best selling collection of poetry from Emily Juniper. winner of the Quercus Review Press Poetry Award.
Things I Learned in the Night (winner of the Quercus Review Press Poetry Award) is a beautiful, raw poetry collection and a tribute to young love in a society that so often tries to invalidate it. In this collection, Juniper explores love, heartbreak, as well as the seeds of her questioning her own sexuality.
Like a worn blanket,
a bad hand of cards,
or flour into egg.
I fold into you easily
as if we belong
on top of
all over one another.
We grow round and supple with age–
a little thicker in the thighs,
a bit rounder in the middle.
We are so full,
yet we look in the mirror and
try to convince ourselves
we’re not pretty anymore
because the magazines tell us
our soft and our stretch marks aren’t beautiful.
But go to the mango tree,
seek out a fruit,
and tell me you won’t pick the
fullest, ripest one.
Juniper takes heavy, emotional raw material and weaves it into stunning, relatable poetry you'll long to share with friends and loved ones.
This collection is a reminder that broken pieces make the most beautiful mosaics, and that all of us possess the power to bloom even after a harsh winter.
For fans of Twilight and If I Stay, "Rafa and the Real Boy" will change the way you think about love, life, death, and whatever comes after.
After losing her little brother to cancer and losing her stable home-life to divorce, Rafa Torres is dragged to a new school in the middle-of-nowhere, Minnesota with her mother. She has no friends, crippling social anxiety, and a new home that might also be home to the town's darkest secret–a tragic death of a student just a year ago. Then, when things can’t get worse, a TBI lands Rafa in the hospital, accompanied by memory gaps and hallucinations which make it difficult for her to differentiate between reality and delusion.
Things turn around when she meets Ash. He's attractive, kind, and a little mysterious, and Rafa feels like she finally has a friend. Maybe even more than a friend. In Ash, she can confide her deepest secrets and darkest fears, including the one thing she’s never talked about with anyone. The only problem? No one else seems to know he exists.
In this page-turning tale, Rafa must find out who Ash is and why no one else can see him. With the help of Ingrid, who lost her voice a year ago and cannot speak, she must race against time to get to the bottom of things all while falling in love for the first time and grappling with what's real, what might not be, and whether reality can be defined by what we can see.
Praise for Rafa and the Real Boy :
★★★★★ "This book has the PERFECT cocktail of romance, suspense, friendship, and family—all the things. I cried twice (maybe three times) while reading this novel."
★★★★★ "From the first page to the last, you are enveloped in Rafa's confusing and emotional world - filled with mystery, romance, and pain - you will stay up way beyond a reasonable bedtime to unravel it."
I close my eyes and soak up as much of him as I can, as much as I’m allowed. I angle my chin up toward him, wanting more, my body taking over once again. But I feel him slipping away, as if he’s fading into the background, dissolving like watercolors while I remain acrylic. Then, just as our lips are about to meet, the sparks disappear, and so does he.