"Baby, the first thing I need to know from you is do you believe I killed my
So begins Upstate, a powerful story told through letters between
seventeen-year-old Antonio and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Natasha, set in
the 1990's in New York. Antonio and Natasha's world is turned upside down, and
their young love is put to the test, when Antonio finds himself in jail,
accused of a shocking crime. Antonio fights to stay alive on the inside, while
on the outside, Natasha faces choices that will change her life. Over the
course of a decade, they share a desperate correspondence. Often, they have
only each other to turn to as life takes them down separate paths and leaves
them wondering if they will ever find their way back together.
Startling, real, and filled with raw emotion, Upstate is an unforgettable
coming-of-age story with a message of undeniable hope. Brilliant and profoundly
felt, it is destined to speak to a new generation of readers.