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High School

Narrated by: Tegan Quin, Sara Quin
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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This program is read by the authors and features bonus interviews and rough recordings of Tegan and Sara's first songs, recorded on cassette tapes in the late '90s, and rediscovered 20 years later while writing High School. 

From iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a nostalgic memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their origin story.   

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 friendship 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, Tegan Quin (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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One of the best and insightful books I have ever read

High School,
Is one of the best and most insightful books I have ever read. I’m amazed by how the book takes you into each chapter. How the mode and setting of the chapters really put you into the shoes of both Sara and Tegan.

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Added bonus of hearing their first recordings.

Well worth listening to because you hear the emotion in their words. But even better is to hear the actually original tracks in all their rawness. Especially when heard in context of what was going on in their lives at the time. For me their latest recordings and live performances are a little too polished. I really enjoyed hearing the truth in not just their words but also how they sang them back in the day.

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Honest and Emotional

This was my very first audio book. What a wonderful book to start with. I loved the fact that there were alternate chapters read by Tegan and Sara. I loved the excerpts of original songs between chapters too. Their writing styles are wonderfully honest and truthful. This a book that should be read by any young person struggling with their identity. Thank you Tegan and Sara. Much love and many thanks.

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Masterpiece can't wait for the next book!

This book is such a treat especially in audio book form. It is so personal hearing the recordings of the first songs they wrote when they were younger, after hearing the stories of the experiences that inspired them. Some are hilarious, others are heartbreaking. I have to listen to this again! Beautifully written.

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Great companion to the new album.

The recordings spliced through the memoir add another layer to the story and the album.

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Hey, I’m Just Like You...

Narrated eloquently by Tegan and Sara, many will find areas of resonance and relatability in the recounting of high school life for the Quin twins. Regardless of how you identify, there is so much to unpack in those angst filled teenage years when you feel like nobody ever really understands you so it is great to listen as they both take us through growing up in that time period with anecdotes of developing musicianship which turned them into the beloved stars they are today.

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  • 28-09-19

Genial

Podría escucharlas leer hasta un diccionario y me encantaría.
Excelente libro. Espero que sigan escribiendo.