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In the picture-postcard-perfect town of Paradise, it's 1984 and everyone is normal -- except for June Lusparian, a lonely androgynous fifteen-year-old who aspires to become a punk musician. Burdened by poverty and unsupportive parents, June is hopeless. She battles to fit in at school where it's rumored she's gay. Her worst enemy, a homophobic baller, is overly protective of his cheerleader sister Beverly. But Beverly's heart aches for June. Complete opposites, the inexperienced girls discover an arresting intimacy that's atypical of teenage crushes. Their quest to grasp the elusive magic and holy fire of true love puts them at great risk of losing the things they hold most dear in life.

Red as Blue, a new-adult, coming-of-age lesbian love story, includes historical fiction of queer-questioning kids and their rites-of-passage during the Reagan Era. Will the fervent desire for self-expression and pent-up creativity eventually lead to an epidemic of homicidal children (aka the "Columbine" tragedy), or will love conquer power in their love story?

Written in experimental prose and screenplay-novel hybrid format, Red as Blue is authored by Ji Strangeway and illustrated by Juan Fleites.

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