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Birthday
by Meredith Russo

Morgan and Eric are best friends with a deep connection.  Maybe it's because they were born on the same day and in the same hospital.  Whatever the reason they always make it a point to see each other on their birthday, but it gets harder and harder as each are pulled in different directions.  Eric's home life isn't greatest, his dad and brothers are bullies and his mom is distant.  He also knows something is bothering Morgan but he doesn't know what it is and he doesn't know how to help.  Morgan is struggling too, her mom died when she was only twelve, but has left a letter for Morgan to read on each birthday.  This is bittersweet for Morgan because she loves and misses her mom but she is afraid her mom wouldn't have understood her and never really got a chance to know her.  Morgan is transgender and while she is navigating what this means to her, she is also trying to figure out how to tell the people most important to her, Eric and her dad.  This is a beautifully written, very powerful read which I highly recommend.

Missy S
September 12, 2019
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