The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes, and Other Dauntless Girls, ed. by Jessica Spotswood
Reagan Forrester wants out—out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas.
Victoria Reyes wants in—in to a fashion design program, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn't go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won't stand out for being Mexican.
One thing the polar-opposite best friends do agree on is that wherever they go, they’re staying together. But when they set off on a series of college visits at the start of their senior year, they quickly see that the future doesn’t look quite like they expected. After two years of near-solitude following the betrayal of the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Reagan falls hard and fast for a Battlestar Galactica-loving, brilliant smile-sporting pre-med prospective... only to learn she's set herself up for heartbreak all over again. Meanwhile, Victoria runs full-speed toward all the things she thinks she wants… only to realize everything she’s looking for might be in the very place they've sworn to leave.
As both Reagan and Victoria struggle to learn who they are and what they want in the present, they discover just how much they don't know about each other's pasts. And when each learns what the other’s been hiding, they'll have to decide whether their friendship has a future.
"A story about friendship at its heart, Dahlia Adler's Just Visiting is also an amazing love story, that will have readers of every age longing for a first romance of their own to spend the summer with! Read this one on a day trip to the beach with your best friend." - Bustle
"A complex, emotional story in a lighthearted package. Highly recommended for older teens." - School Library Journal
"Hilarious and heartfelt, Dahlia Adler's Just Visiting is a story about breaking out of your small town, falling in love, road trips with your best friend, and figuring out who you're supposed to be. Reagan and Victoria's friendship is nothing short of magic." - Rachael Allen, author of The Revenge Playbook and 17 First Kisses
"Just Visiting is about more than a college campus tour - it's a glimpse into a rite of passage that, ultimately, teaches the reader a thing or two about love, friendship, and what it means to commit to one's own future." - Kelly Fiore, author of Just Like the Movies