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High School

High School

by Sara Quin, Tegan Quin
High School

High School

by Sara Quin, Tegan Quin


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From the iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their humble beginnings

High School
is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the nineties, 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 and Sara’s points of view, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendship they explored in their formative years.

A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, High School 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 each another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374169947
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 670,185
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

During the course of their twenty-year career, Tegan and Sara have sold well over one million records and released eight studio albums. They have received three Juno Awards, a Grammy nomination, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and the 2018 New York Civil Liberties Union Award. They have performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, from Coachella to the Academy Awards. Outspoken advocates for equality, in 2016 Tegan and Sara created the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. The sisters currently reside in Vancouver, British Columbia, and split their time between there and Los Angeles, California. Visit them on their website or connect with them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Table of Contents

Prologue (Sara) 3

Prologue (Tegan) 5

Introduction: Wild Rose Country (Sara) 13

Grade Ten

1 Welcome to High School (Tegan) 23

2 Grade-Ten Dirt Bags (Sara) 30

3 Every Bus Ride's a Gamble (Tegan) 40

4 Acid (Sara) 47

5 We're Holding It For A Guy (Tegan) 51

6 Naomi (Sara) 60

7 You Can't Say "Fag" (Tegan) 72

8 Suicidal Tendencies (Sara) 78

9 Basket Case (Tegan) 83

10 Let's Rave (Sara) 89

11 Tegan Didn't Go To School Today (Tegan) 100

12 Hula-Hoops and Chainsaws (Sara) 107

Summer 1996

13 A Summer Abroad (Tegan) 121

14 Montreal (Sara) 130

Grade Eleven

15 Latchkey Kids (Tegan) 141

16 Sex Note (Sara) 146

17 Why Doesn't This Feel Right? (Tegan) 151

18 The Haircut (Sara) 156

19 You Won't Believe What Happened (Tegan) 163

20 Homosexual 173

21 My Girlfriend Has a Boyfriend (Sara) 179

22 Looking For a Hero in All the Wrong Places (Tegan) 187

23 Switchblade (Sara) 193

24 Ditch Pigs (Tegan) 195

25 Light Punk (Sara) 202

26 Who's In Your Band? (Tegan) 208

27 I'm Making You Sick (Sara) 212

Summer 1997

28 Something's Missing (Tegan) 223

29 Boyfriend (Sara) 228

Grade Twelve

30 The Hickey (Tegan) 243

31 Psycho (Sara) 249

32 We're Nothing Like Them (Tegan) 255

33 Career And Life Management (Sara) 259

34 Don't Believe The Things They Tell You, They Lie (Tegan) 264

35 New Year's Eve (Sara) 271

36 Back To Reality (Tegan) 280

37 Garage Warz (Sara) 285

38 The First Cut Is The Deepest (Tegan) 300

39 Quitter (Sara) 304

40 Sara And Tegan (Tegan) 310

41 What Do You Know About Love? (Sara) 315

42 The Press Club (Tegan) 320

43 I Need Space (Sara) 329

44 Cognitive Dissonance (Tegan) 332

45 Confession (Sara) 334

46 I Was Already Gone (Tegan) 339


Expelled (Sara) 349

Under Feet Like Ours (Tegan) 357

Acknowledgments 363

List of Illustrations 367

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