Quill Tree Books Love & Resistance
Quill Tree Books Love & Resistance

Love & Resistance

By Kara H.L. Chen


Publication Date: July 4, 2023

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Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 And Up

Moxie meets Mary H.K. Choi in this whip-smart YA contemporary debut about a Taiwanese American teen who joins forces with a secret society of students intent on ending their school’s toxic bullying culture. 


A razor-sharp tale of love, resistance, and the enduring friendships that make it all worthwhile. 


Seventeen-year-old Olivia Chang is at her fourth school in seven years. Her self-imposed solitude is lonely but safe. At Plainstown High, however, Olivia’s usual plan of anonymity fails when the infamous it-girl Mitzi Clarke makes a pointed racist comment in class. Tired of ignoring things just to survive, Olivia defends herself.


And that is the end of her invisible life.


Soon, Olivia joins forces with the Nerd Net: a secret society who has been thwarting Mitzi’s reign of terror for months. Together, they plan to unite the masses and create true change at school.


But in order to succeed, Olivia must do something even more terrifying than lead a movement: trust other people. She might even make true friends along the way . . . if Mitzi doesn’t destroy her first.


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