One facet of Gabe’s journey is his relationship with Abby (the protagonist from Swimming Sideways), and Gabe struggles to navigate this complicated relationship. Over the course of The Bones of Who We Are, Gabe reveals his experience falling in love for the first time. Though this is an important element of the story, I don’t want to mischaracterize Gabe’s journey as a love story. It is, but perhaps not the kind of love we most attribute to a YA novel: romantic love.
In addition to romantic love, there is also:
Love between friends or Philia
I would say that love is definitely at the heart of The Bones of Who We Are, and Gabe’s love for Abby is a part of his journey toward a more wholistic understanding what it means “to love.”
Catch up with the story by reading Swimming Sideways and The Ugly Truth before The Bones of Who We Are releases October 1, 2019. You can find them here.