Coming-of-Age Hate-Love-Hate-Love Story

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In the nostalgic backdrop of the 1970s, 15-year-old Matt Jerue longs for two things: to play guitar in a band and to win the heart of his long-time crush, Taryn McIntyre. But Matt smokes, he’s unpopular, and he gets into fights. He’s everything Taryn wants to avoid and her popular friends despise.

When their best friends start dating, Matt and Taryn are thrown together on an emotional rollercoaster that challenges their beliefs and slowly draws them closer.

Young love and the enduring power of friendship take center stage as Matt contends with bullies, parental neglect, and his own insecurities. Yet, he clings to his dreams, even as his world falls apart.

Join Matt and Taryn in this poignant coming-of-age drama of growth, self-discovery, and the pursuit of one’s dreams.

"Entertaining and written to perfection, Headstrong is an excellent coming-of-age young adult story of a young man trying to find a place to call his own... The narrative style is fun, the pace is fast, and the ending is fantastic. I cannot wait for Headstrong II!"
Rabia T., Readers' Favorite, Five-Star Review

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