A moving portrayal of grief, family, and the complexity of different perspectives.


A 17-year-old girl is devastated by her father’s death and the secrets she learns after his passing.

Evie Parker returns home from the hospital following her father’s sudden death from a heart attack to find his belongings packed up. Realizing he had been about to move out and heartbroken, angry, and worried for her mom’s well-being, Evie unpacks everything and keeps her discovery secret. This snap decision marks the start of a difficult journey, one that involves struggling with her already fraught relationship with her mother while they both grieve—and discovering that her father had a much younger lover named Bree. Despite the support of her best friend, Juana, and the new friends she makes in the summer photography course she joins (including the incredibly cute Declan), Evie starts to spiral when she finds out that Bree is pregnant. From Evie’s growing passion for photography, her strained relationship with her mom, her loving friendship with Juana, and her charming romance with Declan to some incredibly difficult, harrowing encounters with Bree, the author crafts a beautiful exploration of a family torn apart by secrets and grief. Written through the lens of a messy, complex teen girl, this is a story infused with humor, hope, and a lot of heart. Evie and Bree are presumed White; Declan is Japanese and Irish American; and lesbian Juana is coded as Latinx.

A moving portrayal of grief, family, and the complexity of different perspectives. (Fiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: July 27, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5476-0364-0

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: May 17, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2021

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A treat for mystery readers who enjoy being kept in suspense.

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From the Good Girl's Guide to Murder series , Vol. 1

Everyone believes that Salil Singh killed his girlfriend, Andrea Bell, five years ago—except Pippa Fitz-Amobi.

Pip has known and liked Sal since childhood; he’d supported her when she was being bullied in middle school. For her senior capstone project, Pip researches the disappearance of former Fairview High student Andie, last seen on April 18, 2014, by her younger sister, Becca. The original investigation concluded with most of the evidence pointing to Sal, who was found dead in the woods, apparently by suicide. Andie’s body was never recovered, and Sal was assumed by most to be guilty of abduction and murder. Unable to ignore the gaps in the case, Pip sets out to prove Sal’s innocence, beginning with interviewing his younger brother, Ravi. With his help, Pip digs deeper, unveiling unsavory facts about Andie and the real reason Sal’s friends couldn’t provide him with an alibi. But someone is watching, and Pip may be in more danger than she realizes. Pip’s sleuthing is both impressive and accessible. Online articles about the case and interview transcripts are provided throughout, and Pip’s capstone logs offer insights into her thought processes as new evidence and suspects arise. Jackson’s debut is well-executed and surprises readers with a connective web of interesting characters and motives. Pip and Andie are white, and Sal is of Indian descent.

A treat for mystery readers who enjoy being kept in suspense. (Mystery. 14-18)

Pub Date: Feb. 4, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-9636-0

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2019

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There’s not much plot here, but readers will relish the opportunity to climb inside Autumn’s head.


The finely drawn characters capture readers’ attention in this debut.

Autumn and Phineas, nicknamed Finny, were born a week apart; their mothers are still best friends. Growing up, Autumn and Finny were like peas in a pod despite their differences: Autumn is “quirky and odd,” while Finny is “sweet and shy and everyone like[s] him.” But in eighth grade, Autumn and Finny stop being friends due to an unexpected kiss. They drift apart and find new friends, but their friendship keeps asserting itself at parties, shared holiday gatherings and random encounters. In the summer after graduation, Autumn and Finny reconnect and are finally ready to be more than friends. But on August 8, everything changes, and Autumn has to rely on all her strength to move on. Autumn’s coming-of-age is sensitively chronicled, with a wide range of experiences and events shaping her character. Even secondary characters are well-rounded, with their own histories and motivations.

There’s not much plot here, but readers will relish the opportunity to climb inside Autumn’s head.   (Fiction. 14 & up)

Pub Date: April 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4022-7782-5

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Review Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2013

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