High school

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New York : MCD, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, United States, p.ix, 369 pages : (2019)

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(OCoLC)fst01030837, (OCoLC)fst01119301, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Biography., bisacsh, Canada, Entertainment & Performing Arts., fast, LGBT., Musicians, Musicians., Personal Memoirs., sears, Singers, Singers.


High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the nineties, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents' divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan's and Sara's points of view, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendship they explored in their formative years. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, High School captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from each another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.Prologue (Sara) -- Prologue (Tegan) -- Introduction : Wild rose -- Country (Sara) -- Grade ten. Welcome to high school (Tegan) ; Grade-ten dirtbags (Sara) ; Every bus ride's a gamble (Tegan) ; Acid (Sara) ; We're holding it for a guy (Tegan) ; Naomi (Sara) ; You can't say "fag" (Tegan) ; Suicidal tendencies (Sara) ; Basket case (Tegan) ; Let's rave (Sara) ; Tegan didn't go to school today (Tegan) ; Hula-hoops and chainsaws (Sara) -- Summer 1996. A summer abroad (Tegan) ; Montreal (Sara) -- Grade eleven. Latchkey kids (Tegan) ; Sex note (Sara) ; Why doesn't this feel right? (Tegan) ; The haircut (Sara) ; You won't believe what happened (Tegan) ; Homosexual ; My girlfriend has a boyfriend (Sara) ; Looking for a hero in all the wrong places (Tegan) ; Switchblade (Sara) ; Ditch pigs (Tegan) ; Light punk (Sara) ; Who's in your band? (Tegan) ; I'm making you sick (Sara) -- Summer 1997. Something's missing (Tegan) ; Boyfriend (Sara) -- Grade twelve. The hickey (Tegan) ; Psycho (Sara) ; We're nothing like them (Tegan) ; Career and life management (Sara) ; Don't believe the things they tell you, they lie (Tegan) ; New Year's Eve (Sara) ; Back to reality (Tegan) ; Garage warz (Sara) ; The first cut is the deepest (Tegan) ; Quitter (Sara) ; Sara and Tegan (Tegan) ; What do you know about love? (Sara) ; The press club (Tegan) ; I need space (Sara) ; Cognitive dissonance (Tegan) ; Confession (Sara) ; I was already gone (Tegan) -- Epilogue. Expelled (Sara) ; Under feet like ours (Tegan).