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Ugly Dogs Don't Cry

DD Armstrong

Jacaranda Books Art Music

Best friends Kyle and Sideeq are beginning their first year of college in West London. Sideeq, a talented aspiring artist, spends his time perfecting his artwork, and hanging out with his friends while having to learn how to process the harrowing events of his past. Kyle‘s ambitions are to become a rapper and a successful businessman. Though the deep bond of friendship formed between Kyle and Sideeq, puts them on a path to achieve their dreams, college soon brings with it serious teenage social politics and a bully that terrorizes their friend group. As they navigate new friendships and love interests, will the two boys continue to fortify each other and help each other succeed? Or will the newfound stressors in their lives pull them apart forever?

A modern retelling of Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice and Men, Ugly Dogs Don’t Cry is a poignant look at intimacy, friendship, and masculinity.