Shannon C.F. Rogers' 'I’d Rather Burn Than Bloom' is Fil-Am teen drama elevated

This Shannon C.F. Rogers fiction takes Fil-Am teen drama to a whole new level

“I’d Rather Burn than Bloom” is a coming-of-age tale of a Filipino-American teenager
/ 09:44 AM July 21, 2023

Shannon C.F. Rogers' debut fiction "I’d Rather Burn Than Bloom" takes Fil-Am teen drama to unprecedented heights

Shannon C.F. Rogers’ “I’d Rather Burn Than Bloom” is a journey of identity and heartache | Photo from cafeconlibrosbk/Twitter

Get ready book lovers and prepare to go on an emotional ride that digs into the depths of the Filipino-American experience.

Shannon C.F. Rogers has launched her debut YA fiction, “I’d Rather Burn Than Bloom,” a coming-of-age tale of Filipino-American teenager Marisol Martin who embarks on the complexities of self-discovery and grief.

Published by Fewer & Friends, a children’s non-fiction and fiction literature publisher under Macmillan, “I’d Rather Burn Than Bloom” promises to be a journey that echoes the readers’ experiences.

The book is an evocative journey through identity and heartache. It creatively presents the brave Fil-Am teenager dealing with the sudden death of her mother.

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Overwhelmed by anger and grief, Martin finds herself in between two worlds—her beloved Filipino heritage and the life she has with her American father. As the story unfolds, you’ll see Martin’s chaotic teen emotions, which would result in bouts of poor decisions.

The compelling narrative by Rogers will allow readers an intimate glimpse into the character’s emotional struggles. With poignant and powerful prose, Rogers weaves an enthralling story and delves into family dynamics, friendships, and the complexities that come with being a biracial individual.

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As Martin opens herself up to her new friend, you’ll witness her growth and transformation.

Moreover, the book’s unique perspective sheds light on the underrepresented Fil-Am experience in literature. This impressive work tackles the triumphs and challenges faced by young individuals trying to balance two cultures.

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Roger’s YA fiction not only supports empathy but also fosters a deeper recognition of the diverse outlook that molds the American literary landscape.

Shannon C.F. Rogers’ journey as an author

Rogers is not just an exceptional author; she is also a force full of experiences. With a background in education and after-school courses, she shares her passion for young minds through her writings. Rogers also expertly brings life lessons to the forefront.

A former editor of Lunch Ticket and writer for Bodega Magazine and Newfound Journal, Rogers has mastered her passion to the T. In addition, her work has also graced the stages of theater companies like Lady Luck Productions and Tricklock Company.

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Rogers also has a degree in creative writing from the University of Mexico and an MFA in writing for young people from Antioch University Los Angeles.

Critical acclaim for “I’d Rather Burn Than Bloom”

It’s not surprising then that her book has earned acclaim and praise. Publishers Weekly lauded her compelling voice and the novel’s fast-paced plot.

The integration of Fil-Am insights into the storyline will leave readers resonating with the character’s journey. So much so that this heartwarming fiction might just be a guide for anyone trying to connect with their heritage.

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