I'll Take Everything You Have

by James Klise

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From an Edgar Award-winning author, this historical noir novel follows the life-changing summer of sixteen-year-old Joe Garbe as he discovers queer community in 1930s Chicago and gets caught up in the city's crooked underbelly.
In the summer of 1934, Joe Garbe arrives in Chicago with one goal: Earn enough...
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Published By Algonquin Young Readers

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 288

Publication Date 02/28/2023

ISBN 9781616208585

Dimensions 5.85 inches x 8.5 inches

* Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year *

"Through passionate, cinematic scenes, Klise poignantly captures the fears and joys of being gay in this polished work of historical fiction. A transportive, thrillingly queer adventure."
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Klise details an arresting narrative replete with historical minutiae and slang ...to provide a mesmerizing snapshot of 1930s Chicago... Atmospheric and economically told."
— Publishers Weekly

"Klise deftly manages to balance a number of elements in Joe’s first-person narration: his gradual transition from wide-eyed innocence toward criminal activity, the complicated motivations of secondary characters, convincing dialogue, and an aura of danger and suspense."
— The Horn Book Magazine

"Klise… has done an excellent job of evoking his 1930s setting…. His story is engaging, and readers will root for innocent Joe and hope for a fate more agreeable than a return to closeted life down on the farm."
— Booklist