“I found out two things today. One, I think I’m dying. And two, my brother is a perv.”
begins the diary of 14-year-old Jenna Samuels, who is having a very bad
eighth-grade year. Her single mother spends all day in bed. Dad
vanished when she was eight. Her 16-year-old brother, Casey, tries to
hold together what’s left of the family by working two after-school
jobs— difficult, as he’s stoned all the time. To make matters worse,
Jenna is sick. When she collapses one day, Casey tries to race her to
the hospital in their beat-up Prius and crashes instead.
wakes up in the ER to find Casey beside her. Beatified. Literally. The
flab and zits? Gone. Before long, Jenna figures out that Casey didn’t
survive the accident at all. He’s an “A-word.” (She can’t bring herself
to utter the truth.) Soon they discover that Jenna isn’t just dying:
she’s being poisoned. And Casey has been sent back to help solve the
mystery that not only holds the key to her survival, but also to their
mother’s mysterious depression and father’s disappearance.
Let's give some mad props to Joy Preble for setting this book in Houston, Texas! I love Southern settings for books that aren't total overkill. So, woot for Texas.
Now, let's also give some mad props to one of the most talked about books amongst myself and other librarians because everyone is wanting to read this book, they all love the cover, and for those who have read it, RAVE about it.
I love it because it is finally a MG mystery that isn't Gilda Joyce. Don't get me wrong, my teens read Gilda Joyce books but this is one that looks YA and is just as easily enjoyed by MG readers as older adult readers. Jenna is funny without being overly sarcastically annoying and the whole concept is fresh. Order it now and read an excerpt...you'll love it!
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