Synopses & Reviews
Aimee's dead, and everyone believes that her best friend helped her commit suicide. After Aimee dies, after the trial, after the move to the new town, she's completely alone-paralyzed by he loneliness, guilt and anger at everyone's suppression of the truth. Isolated, she writes in her journal, and gradually lets readers into her world. A world where parents don't listen, therapists don't help, and best friends betray you. In the end, she realizes that while she never could have saved Aimee, she might be able to save herself.
"PWPW called this novel narrated by a troubled teen, recently acquitted of murder charges, 'an intense psychological drama.' Ages 14-up. (Feb.) Correction: The complete title of the debut of Wendelin Van Draanen's new series, reviewed in the Feb. 2 issue, is Shredderman #1: Secret Identity." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this ALA Best Book for Young Adults, everyone believes that Zoe helped her friend Aimee commit suicide. Through writing in her journal, Zoe comes to realize no one could have helped Aimee, but Zoe can help herself.