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First loves, first songs, and the drugs and reckless high school exploits that fueled them - meet music icons Tegan and Sara as you’ve never known them before in this intimate and raw account of their formative years.

High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, growing up in the height of grunge and rave culture in the 90s, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents’ divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan’s point of view and Sara’s, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendships they explored in their formative years. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, it captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from one another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.

©2019 Sara Quin and Tegan Quin (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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It may win you over

Halfway through this book, I was considering giving it up. Their whiney high school tales weren't stimulating me, & their earliest recordings I found actually painful at times to listen to. By the end, I was glad I'd stuck through it. The end is the best, story and music. It's amazing how much their voices improved by the time they were signed. I genuinely enjoyed listening to the last recordings. If you love Tegan & Sarah, you'll enjoy this book. If you enjoy tales of juvenility or coming of age, you may enjoy it too. If neither, push through. It may win you over.

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stunningly authentic

if you want the story of twins, discovering who they are and coming out and making music to express everything they couldn't. I highly suggest this. I am glad i listened, it was a priviledge to hear this from their own voices.

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So close to my heart

I've never read or heard a book so close to my own experience, but from within a personal situation so different from mine. Growing up in Northeast Calgary 1 year ahead of the Authors, I saw so many people I knew then reflected in this story.
One doesn't need be at all familiar with this time and place to be opened up by this book though. The conflicting emotions it raises are as intense and hard to define as a teenager's feelings for their sibling. Struggling to clarify their own identity while under the shadow of a judgemental and sometimes ignorant society.
I loved hearing them alternate chapters in their own voices. With old recordings peppered throughout, and many small details remembered and researched. The picture painted informed and moved me.

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geeking out

I am a big fan of these 2 and enjoyed the early performances immensely. Awesome!

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As beautiful as their music!

I loved hearing this story in Sara and Tegan’s own voices. I’ve been listening to them since I was in high school so it was so cool to hear about their experiences and process of starting out as artists.

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"Graduation from frustration"

This book is read by authors and includes original live records and interviews, read till the end as it builds up.

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Trade It.

I could not relate to any of the characters. I found the book disturbing. This is not something I will read again.

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A must listen kinda book

Love the interactions and stories from Tegan and Sara at concerts so obviously a book read by them is bound to be amazing! It includes actual recordings of their music from
Back in the day and a lot of detail about their lives that were quite shocking at times!
Thanks for making an audiobook and a book in the first place.

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Such a lovely story

If you like Tegan and Sara, i’d you are queer, or if you just like a good story about the 90s, you will enjoy this memoir.

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Definitely worth the read, or the listen!!

This book is incredible!! With every chapter I continued to see myself in these experiences. Resonating with so much emotion. It’s raw and real!! It really comes to show being gay isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s hard to come to terms with who you are, especially as a teen. It’s even harder when you know not everyone will “understand”. The ups and downs of this memoir will bring you to tears. Definitely worth the read, or the listen as their audio book brings a whole other layer of personable!!