Synopses & Reviews
Miles has spent her life in the shadow of her cousin Laura. Laura is completely over privileged — 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 Laura commits suicide, leaving her dad and Miles lost in the wake of the event. After spiraling downward, Miles hits rock bottom and overdoses on drugs. She almost dies — just like Laura did. But with the help of her family and friends, 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.)
"This painfully funny, deeply moving journey is the most authentic portrait of loss and forgiveness I've ever read." Patricia McCormick, author of Cut
* "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."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "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."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The story's evolving relationships keep it compelling enough to propel readers through to its dramatic conclusion."--School Library Journal
"Teens will be riveted by Miles--intelligent, cynical, overweight, talented, and wholly authentic--and her harrowing path through grief and addiction."--Booklist
Miles has spent her whole life in the shadow of her cousin Laura. Laura is the golden oneand#8212;smart, gorgeous, rich, and popularand#8212;while Miles considers herself the unwanted oneand#8212;an unattractive, underachieving social outcast. As far as Miles is concerned, Laura has the perfect lifeand#8230;until Laura commits suicide, leaving Miles lost the wake of the event. Losing Laura shatters Miles and sets her on a dangerous downward spiral. When she hits rock bottom, Miles must make a choice: She can escape from it all, just like Laura did, or she can look for strength in herself and in those she didnand#8217;t believe cared about her, and try to find a reason to live.
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.