Synopses & Reviews
Dredging up the past can knock the present right off balance.
The world expects perfection from seventeen-year-old Shawna Gallagher, and for the most part, thats what they get. She dates the right boys, gets good grades, and follows her fathers every rule. But when her estranged lesbian mother dies, its more than perfect Shawna can take. Suddenly, anger from being abandoned ten years ago is resurfacing along with Shawnas embarrassment over her mothers other family. As she confronts family secrets and questions from the past, Shawna realizes theres a difference between doing the perfect thing and doing the right thing.
Shawnas honest and relatable voice will draw readers in and hold them until the last page in this coming-of-age story. Jeannine Garsee has delivered a compulsively readable second novel, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Laurie Halse Anderson.
"Garsee's (Before, After, and Somebody in Between) second novel hits the ground running and doesn't let up. Shawna Gallagher, a high school senior trying to live up to her domineering father's expectations, is awakened one night by a phone call: her estranged mother, who left Shawna and her father years earlier for a woman, Fran, has had a stroke. Following her mother's death, Shawna must confront her feelings about her mother and her own prejudices (she has particular issues with gay people, which are further complicated when her best friend comes out). Shawna's father, learning that one of Fran's sons is in fact his child by Shawna's mother, fights for (and gains) custody of the boy finally spurring Shawna to defy him. The novel overflows with story lines and plot twists Shawna's romance with her stepbrother (and her father's with her former babysitter), her ailing grandfather and the ridicule she faces in school. Nevertheless, Garsee presents a compelling portrait of a young woman growing up and coping with an overwhelming array of problems. Ages 14 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
After her estranged lesbian mother dies, 17-year-old Shawna Gallagher's anger from being abandoned 10 years before resurfaces. As she confronts family secrets and questions from the past, Shawna realizes there's a difference between doing the perfect thing and doing the right thing.
Perfectionist Shawna dates the right boys, gets good grades, and follows her father's every rule. So when her estranged lesbian mother dies, Shawna needs to figure out how to have the perfect reaction. But anger from being abandoned ten years ago, combined with the introduction of her mother's other family, threatens to leave Shawna spinning out of control. A relatable and honest teen voice-and a shocking secret-make this novel a true page-turner.
About the Author
JEANNINE GARSEE received a typewriter for her thirteenth birthday and says she hasnt stopped writing since. She lives with her husband and two children in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, where she works as a nurse. www.jeanninegarsee.com