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High School

Written by: Sara Quin, Tegan Quin
Narrated by: Sara Quin, Tegan Quin
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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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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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!!

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A full experience

With old demos, an interview and the wonderful words written by these two, this audiobook provides a wonderful experience that completely immerses the reader!

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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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Loved it

Really enjoyed this book. Thanks Tegan and Sara. Kept my attention the whole way through.

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Brings me back...

I was in high school in Canada at the same time as Tegan and Sara, so this book is reminiscent of those days for me. I love the rawness of their story telling and the original recordings of some of their first songs. Listening to it for a second time already!

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Amazing!

Loved it soo much! I related so much and loved hearing their story, especially hearing it from them directly.

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Fantastic

Highly recommend this audiobook. With the original recordings from when they were in high school mixed in it’s an entirely different experience than reading the book would be.

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Not disappointed but....

I love Tegan and Sara's music but it took time for me to warm up to them being the narrators of this book. Overall it was an interesting story but felt that it ended abruptly. I know it was about their high school days so maybe the next book should explain more of the struggles with getting their career up and going.

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Flashbacks! Crescent Heights Grad. Was in grade 10 when T&S where in 12.

I lived in Marlborough pretty much the hub of where these stories took place. Yes, our school was filled with Preps in the student Centre who hung out on the left hand side beside the stage. I called them the Happy Shiny People. Most of them didn’t grow up in the NE. They were the kids from Balmoral. Yes, our school was this tough to be in. In fact some kids we graded with in those years died young. Our teachers were this strange. The drama kids were a weird cult and the pit scared me. Our school was very homophobic as well. Calgary is a town of religion and oil. I don’t think I ever hung out with T or S. Yet this book is like a DeJaVu. I remember their Orange band stickers on lockers. They do a beautiful job describing their lives, the era before cell phones and what it was like to be a kid in the NE. I really feel this is a great book for any young woman struggling with their sexuality to know that others have been there too. This book is honest, truthful, accurate and it’s very well written.