Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon

Buckhanon, Kalisha. Upstate. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2005. Print.

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2006, ALA Alex Awards Winner
2006, ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults


Set in 1990s New York, young lovers, separated by tragedy, write to each other in the spam of ten years about their love and pain.


Is it worth it? At the young age of seventeen, Antonio is sent to jail for killing his father. Outside the jail walls, sixteen-year-old Natasha has to learn how to live without Antonio. Through a series of letters, the young lovers express their pain, hopes, and fears of what may come. Both prisoners in their worlds, could their love surpass all the horror and separation that has been inflicted on them both? Time can only tell…