February 2008  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers   

February 2008

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers



Oprah Book Club Kids Reading List

Cybil Award Finalist

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

Utah Book Award Finalist

International Reading Association Choices pick

One of Bitch Magazine's 100 YA Books for the Feminist Reader



hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook

translations: Korean, Vietnamese, German


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.



★ “This book about a former misfit who must face her troubled childhood is dark and engrossing, thanks to Zarr's full-bodied characters and creative storytelling.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “Speaks to the deep friendships that grow among young people who have suffered trauma. Zarr's writing is remarkable ... conveys great delicacy of feeling and shades of meaning, and the realistic, moving ending will inspire excellent discussion." Booklist, starred review

★ "Zarr ... has scored again. She has written a story of love but not a love story...subtle, beautifully written...” – VOYA, starred review

"This haunting and ultimately hopeful novel asserts what many teens feel acutely: that childhood experiences often leave indelible marks. ... Zarr transfixes readers with enticing explorations of identity and enduring love." - Kirkus

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