Charles A. Bush
Every Variable of Us
After Philly teenager Alexis Duncan is injured in a gang shooting, her dreams of a college scholarship and pro basketball career vanish in an instant. To avoid getting trapped in Philly, she shifts her focus to the school's STEM team, a group of self-proclaimed nerds on a winning streak.
Academics have never been her thing, but Alexis is freshly motivated by Aamani Chakrabarti, the new Indian student who becomes her friend (and crush?). Alexis begins to see herself as so much more than her killer jump shot. But just as her future starts to reform, Alexis’s own doubts and old loyalties pull her back into harm’s way.
Publisher: Flux Books
Publication Date: March 1, 2022
"The author doesn’t shy away from showing truths about how poverty affects people, especially in Black communities . . . Raw and authentic." —Kirkus Reviews
"Charles Bush writes with heartbreaking sincerity and is a keen observer of humanity. You cannot help but to root for his characters.” —Laura Nowlin, author of New York Times bestseller If He Had Been With Me
“With the perfect balance of grit, heart, and humor, Bush has cracked the equation for a slam dunk of a book.” —Isaac Fitzsimons, author of The Passing Playbook
“Every Variable of Us really captures and brings to life all the challenges a female athlete living in the inner city faces... This book is full of emotion from laughter to tears. Definitely a great read for a female athlete!” —Betty Lennox, WNBA Finals MVP, World Champion, Rookie of the Year, All-Star, Seattle Storm
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Charles A. Bush was raised in Philadelphia, and attended Cabrini University before honing his craft at the University of Oxford. In addition to writing young adult novels, he played professional basketball overseas, spends far too much time obsessing over all things Marvel, has long run out of places to store his mountains of books, and dreams of someday debating literature with Rory Gilmore. Every Variable of Us is his first novel. You can follow him on Instagram (@Charles_A_Bush).
Tags: YA, Contemporary, Disability/ND, LGBTQIA+, Sapphic, STEM, BIPOC