About the Book

Published February 2008

When Jenna Vaughn’s childhood sweetheart unexpectedly comes back into her life during her senior year of high school, she is forced to confront her troubled past. This is a story about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts.

The story of Jenna/Jennifer and Cameron was inspired by a friendship I had as a child with a boy, Mark, who came back into my life when we were both adults. When Mark and I got back in touch, I was surprised at what a strong bond we had despite having not seen nor heard from one another since third grade. I started asking myself—what if Mark and I had been reunited in high school? What if our lives had taken divergent paths? Would we still be loyal to each other, based on that childhood friendship, even if we wound up in different social circles and with different destinies? If so, why? What kinds of emotional and practical challenges would that bring? Though the details of what happened to Jennifer and Cameron were all made up, I did my best to be as emotionally truthful as I could with their story. I continue to be been blown away by reader response to this book, and how many people out there have Jennas and Camerons of their own.


2008 Cybil Awards Finalist

Oprah Book Club Kids Reading List

American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults

New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

Utah Book Award Finalist

Tayshas High School Reading List (TX)

2010 International Reading Association Choices pick

On Bitch Magazine’s “100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader” list


Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book, Audiobook (CD & Download)

Translations: VietnameseGerman, Korean


“…dark and engrossing, thanks to Zarr’s full-bodied characters and creative storytelling.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Zarr’s writing is remarkable.” – Booklist, starred review

“…subtle, beautifully written…” – VOYA, starred review

“…an engrossing novel.” – The New York Times

“…wistful prose and skillfully layered characters.”

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