Addiction

The First True Thing

First of all, let me say the blurbs on these book jackets are nonsense.  This particular book, while worthy of notice and thought, will not leave you “breathless,” nor is it “heartbreaking” or particularly “raw.”  OK, thank you, I feel… Read More ›

Two Can Keep a Secret

Twins Ellery and Ezra Corcoran are relocating temporarily to live with their grandmother in small, picture-perfect Echo Ridge, Vermont, while their mother, Sadie, completes a four-month drug rehabilitation program in California. Ellery is particularly interested in Echo Ridge because she… Read More ›

Earth to Charlie

Charlie is a sweet kid finishing up his freshman year in high school.  His mother left long ago, telling him the aliens were coming to get her but that they would return later for him.  His dad has turned into… Read More ›

Since We Last Spoke

Aggi Frank and Max Granger grow up in seemingly idyllic fashion, with a countryside to explore, a beaver dam to watch being constructed each spring, and a nearby lakeshore where they enjoy bonfires and marshmallow roasts. Next-door neighbors, their families have shared… Read More ›

every moment after

It’s graduation day for the seniors of East Ridge High School in New Jersey, eleven years after a shooting in a first-grade class killed eighteen of their classmates.  It’s a big media event, of course, but it’s also a pivotal… Read More ›

On the Come Up

This story opens with sixteen-year-old Brianna (Bri) Jackson dealing with a lot of worries.  Her dad, once a rising rap star on the underground scene, is twelve-years-dead from a gang-related shooting, having left the family his famous name, a prized… Read More ›

The Art of Losing

Freshman year for Harley Langston changes dramatically when Mike Baker, newly-transferred lacrosse and basketball star, sits down at her cafeteria table and starts up an intense conversation when he sees her reading Gail Simone’s BIRDS OF PREY. As they find… Read More ›

The Beauty of the Moment

Sixteen-year-old Susan Thomas finds herself starting high school in a totally new locale, having been relocated by her parents from India to Saudi Arabia to Canada.  Her physician father has set up Susan and her mother in their new apartment… Read More ›

The Similars

Emmeline Chance is so anxious about returning from California to Vermont to her highly prestigious and select private high school that she relies heavily on the “pharmas” her therapist has given her to dull her pain after the suicide of… Read More ›

Unclaimed Baggage

Three teenagers end up working together at an Unclaimed Baggage store in small-town Huntsville, Alabama: (1) Doris, an experienced staffer who hires the other two as new employees, and who is something of a social misfit because she is liberal… Read More ›