Changes are imminent for a small-town girl who’s faced with the end of high school—and, perhaps, the world.
Sarah Jane—better known to her friends as Alba—likes her simple life in Eden Valley, a remote farming town in Australia. She spends her days obsessing over and creating her Cinnamon Girl comics (panels from which decorate the pages), helping at her mother's bakery, and hanging with her close-knit group of friends. All together, they are a mostly white, hugely likable group. Post-graduation, Alba is dragging her feet about making plans and reluctant to leave the comforts she knows. Alba's relationship with her longtime best friend, Grady, also is changing, but she can't quite put her finger on why he's been acting differently. When a self-proclaimed Internet prognosticator declares that the rapture is nigh and only their village will be spared, their town is suddenly inundated with hippie-ish refugees, turning the bucolic burg on its head. When another of their friends, a chubby-turned-hunky television actor named Daniel, comes back, her life becomes ever more complicated. Whip-smart banter mixes with thoughtful introspection as Alba figures out what to do with her life and faces the fears that have been holding her back. With a dash of swoon-worthy romance and a healthy helping of humor among the chaos, expect a wide readership to be thoroughly entertained.
An amusing and perceptive take on post-adolescent life changes—with a twist. (Fiction. 14 & up)