"Thoroughly engaging, heartbreaking, with a taste of hope." (Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer, a Newbery Honor Book
"Williams, as always, keeps her prose, this time arranged on the page as prose poems, sensitive, intelligent and completely absorbing. She slowly peels back the veils on London’s, her father’s and her mother’s psychology, eventually revealing the strong and the weak and, ultimately, how Zach died. The family she depicts are former missionaries, giving the book strong spiritual undertones that should appeal to religious as well as general audiences. Exceptional." *STARRED
review (Kirkus Reviews
"Exposing the heartbreak of a broken family, the complexities of denial, and the healing power of friendship, Lynch’s (Miles from Ordinary)
writing is characteristically gritty but also inspirational as London challenges her mother’s misplaced anger and creates her own route to recovery." *STARRED
review (Publishers Weekly
"With a format and voice that will resonate with teens, Carol Lynch Williams offers a poignant story of strength and healing, all bound by the power of love and friendship. This is YA at its very best!"
—Daniel L. Darigan, Professor of Education, West Chester University.
"Exceptional.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Inspirational.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Gut-wrenching." (SLJ, starred review
About the Author
Carol Lynch Williams
is a PEN Award winning author of more than a dozen books and a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program. Carol facilitates the children’s writing conferences at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. She lives in Utah with her family. Visit her at CarolLynchWilliams.com.