Synopses & Reviews
Miles has spent almost her entire life in the shadow of her first cousin Laura. Laura is completely overprivileged--smart, gorgeous, and a student at a prep school outside of D.C. Miles is overweight, anti-social, and lives with her mom in the carriage house on her uncle's property. As far as Miles is concerned, Laura has the perfect life--until she commits suicide, leaving her dad Jim and Miles lost in the wake of the event. Miles already feels like she has no future--she was planning to drop out of school--and now she has no one. Her best friend, Jamal, is dating Bex, one of Laura's annoying friends, and Miles's mother jets off to London for the summer, leaving her with her virtual-stranger dad, Buddy. When Miles finds out that her mother isn't planning to return and Jamal tells Miles that he and Bex are planning to move to NYC, Miles hits rock bottom and overdoses on drugs. She almost dies--just like Laura did. But with the help of Jim, Buddy, Jamal, and even Bex, Miles gains the strength to face her situation and accept help. This is a forceful, emotional story about finding love and cobbling together a family.
"Cohn (Gingerbread) delves into her darker side as she probes a teen's suicide and the painful repercussions for her loved ones. After her best friend and first cousin, Laura, kills herself with an overdose of prescription drugs, 17-year-old Miles is shattered: the person Miles believed would always be there for her has left without even saying goodbye. And when her flaky mother flees town to mourn with her boyfriend in London, Miles is left alone with Laura's father to endure a summer of grief at his D.C. estate. A prescription-drug addict herself, Miles must embark upon a journey of self-discovery if she is to survive. Cohn once again excels at crafting a multidimensional, in-the-moment teenage world, this time without recourse to her usual witty style. There is a bleakness to her language that superbly suits this sad, somber tale. Her work is heartbreaking, at times excruciating to read, but it rings with authenticity. In pursuing Miles's responses, she spares few details, neither the methods via which Miles and Laura procure their pills nor the actual medical causes of Laura's supposedly peaceful death. The tragedy of teen suicide has been the subject of countless novels, yet rarely has it been discussed with such gritty realism. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
andlt;divandgt;andlt;Bandgt;* andlt;/Bandgt;"Cohn once again excels at crafting a multidimensional, in-the-moment teenage world, this time without recourse to her usual witty style.
andlt;Bandgt;* andlt;/Bandgt;"What results isn't just a story about overcoming sorrow, but rather one of a girl raging against the world and herself, waiting for someone to help her make sense of it all."--andlt;Iandgt;Kirkus Reviewsandlt;/Iandgt;, starred review
"The story's evolving relationships keep it compelling enough to propel readers through to its dramatic conclusion."--andlt;Iandgt;School Library Journalandlt;/Iandgt;
"Teens will be riveted by Miles--intelligent, cynical, overweight, talented, and wholly authentic--and her harrowing path through grief and addiction."--andlt;Iandgt;Booklistandlt;/Iandgt;
andlt;Bandgt;* andlt;/Bandgt;"Cohn once again excels at crafting a multidimensional, in-the-moment teenage world, this time without recourse to her usual witty style. There is a bleakness to her language that superbly suits this sad, somber tale. Her work is heartbreaking...but rings with authenticity...The tragedy of teen suicide has been the subject of countless novels, yet rarely has it been discussed withsucj gritty realism."--andlt;Iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/Iandgt;, starred review
Jamal said only, "Laura..." And I knew, just knew by the rip through my gut and the instant convulsion in my heart, knew by Jamal's uncharacteristically unsmiling face. I knew because Laura always did what I wished I could do.
First cousins Laura and Miles grew up like sisters. Miles thought of Laura as the golden one -- smart, beautiful, rich, and popular -- while Miles considered herself the unwanted one -- an unattractive, underachieving outcast. Laura's suicide shatters Miles and leaves her feeling completely alone, and sets Miles on a dangerous downward spiral. But in the strength Miles finds in herself and in those she didn't believe cared about her, she is able to rebuild her life in unexpected ways.
Rachel Cohn's emotionally powerful new novel views serious issues such as depression, suicide, prescription-drug abuse, and alternative family configurations through the lens of family love and survival.
About the Author
Rachel Cohn is the bestselling author of andlt;iandgt;You Know Where to Find Me, Gingerbread, Shrimp, Cupcake, Pop Princessandlt;/iandgt;, and, with David Levithan, andlt;iandgt;Nick and Norahandrsquo;s Infinite Playlistandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Naomi and Elyandrsquo;s No Kiss Listandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Dash andamp; andlt;/iandgt;andlt;iandgt;Lilyandrsquo;sandlt;/iandgt;andlt;iandgt; Book of Dares andlt;/iandgt;as well as the tween novels andlt;iandgt;The Stepsandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Two Steps Forwardandlt;/iandgt;. Born in Washington, DC, she graduated from Barnard College in New York and has lived on both coasts. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at RachelCohn.com.