A teen rock star returns home to Minnesota and finds himself falling for a local farm girl in Bend in the Road, an electric YA romance from Sara Biren.
Seventeen-year-old Gabe’s life is a mess. His debut album—produced by his rock star dad—made him an overnight sensation, but his second album tanked, he just got dumped by his on-again, off-again girlfriend, and he’s desperate to come up with the money he needs to fix a major screwup. The only place he can be free from the paparazzi and rumors is the family farm—the farm that 17-year-old Juniper’s family has managed since before she was born.
When Juniper learns that Gabe’s about to inherit the farm, she worries that he’ll sell it. She comes up with a plan to get close to him and stop that from happening. At first, Juniper and Gabe couldn’t be more at odds, but the more time they spend with each other, the more they grow to like each other. Can they set aside their differences to do what’s best for the farm—and each other? Or will all the drama and secrets tear them apart?
“A beautiful and tenderhearted exploration of the meaning of home, Sara Biren’s Bend in the Road will stick with you like a favorite song that instantly transports you to a place and time you always want to remember.” —Marisa Reichardt, author of Aftershocks and A Shot at Normal
“A pitch-perfect, slow-burn romance combined with loveably complex characters and the most charming farm setting, Sara Biren’s Bend in the Road made my heart soar.” —Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden, The Impossibility of Us, and How the Light Gets In
"The characters. . .are likable and complex in this heartwarming romance that slowly develops between Juniper and Gabe, who seem to have realistic differences. . . Fans of Sarah Dessen will find this novel appealing and will reach for others written by Biren."School Library Journal