School Friendships

Sorry for Your Loss

Pup Flanagan has spent most of his seventeen years as (in his mind) an undistinguished person compared to his seven older siblings. At school he is accepted by his classmates but generally ignored, neither liked nor disliked. He has no… Read More ›

Ordinary Girls

Here’s a modern day send-up of a Jane Austen novel: two young girls–their acclaimed novelist father deceased for many years–live with their inept artistic mother in a shabby but genteel Victorian house in a Philadelphia neighborhood. They subsist on royalties… Read More ›

famous in a small town

Ahh, summer days in a small midwestern town when you’re a high school junior-soon-to-be-senior working the usual low-wage jobs, attending summer band practice, planning for college and worrying about just how far away you want to get from home once… 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 ›

If I’m Being Honest

Living in Los Angeles with her unmarried has-been actress mom, senior Cameron Bright attends the most elite private high school on the West Coast, Beaumont Prep, courtesy of her wealthy, successful businessman dad, who heads his own company in New… Read More ›

In the Neighborhood of True

After her father dies unexpectedly of a heart attack in New York, seventeen-year-old Ruth Robb, her sister Nattie, and her mother say goodbye to their northern, urban, cosmopolitan city to move to Atlanta, Georgia, where her mom’s parents, Fontaine and… Read More ›

Pretty in Punxsutawaney

The book cover’s byline that says “wake up. go to school. fall in love. repeat” cleverly introduces the plot of this story.  Andie is a new girl in town, having moved to Punxsutawaney the summer before her senior year of high… 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 ›

Dry

This is the first book I have read, I believe, by the writing Shustermans.  It is an excellent tale and apparently is already being made into a movie. Set in the present, the good folks of already water-starved California are… Read More ›