Dysfunctional Relationships

No Fixed Address

Seventh-grader Felix Knutsson and his mother, Astrid, find themselves living in a van after his grandmother dies and his mom has  mismanaged her inheritance (and her life in general). Astrid is not a good parent. She is mouthy, judgmental, a… Read More ›

Ten After Closing

High school senior Scott just thinks he has problems. At home his unemployed, depressed, alcoholic dad is becoming increasingly abusive towards him, his mother and his younger sister Evie.  Even though he has several outstanding college offers for the fall,… Read More ›

#MurderTrending

The ex-reality-star-turned President of the U.S. has outsourced a segment of capital punishment in the federal criminal justice system to a mysterious producer named The Postman, who has repurposed the old Alcatraz prison site into a physical setting for his… Read More ›

Down and Across

Soon-to-be high school senior Saaket “Scott” Ferdowsi has a problem: he has no passion for anything that gives him direction in life.  He easily loses interest in activities, then drops them, and moves on to something else.  Or not.  His… Read More ›

I’m Not Missing

Two high school seniors in Las Cruces NM have been tight friends for years.  Both have mothers who ran off–one to join a religious cult, the other to fall into a lowlife of alcoholism and its attendant issues.  The former… Read More ›

Like Never and Always

Sixteen-year-old Olivia (Liv) and seventeen-year-old Morgan are best friends driving home in a convertible late at night with their boyfriends, brothers Nathan and Clay.  Neither of the girls is wearing a seat belt (since they’re only driving five miles after… Read More ›

The Cheerleaders

Five cheerleaders from Sunnybrook High die within two months of each other from a car crash, a suicide and a murderous attack—at least that’s what Monica Rayburn (younger sister of one of the cheerleaders) and the rest of the world… Read More ›

All That I Can Fix

The parents in many Young Adult novels are self-involved, negligent people who may provide food and shelter but pretty much expect their teenage children to raise themselves.  Or expect the kids to tend to the parents’ needs.  This book takes… Read More ›

The Gone Away Place

After a fight with her boyfriend before school one morning, high school senior Ellie Frame cuts class and heads to the lighthouse on the edge of her small town of Newfoundland, Ohio—a place where she and Noah spent so much… Read More ›