This stunning and PEN Award–winning novel of triumph over trauma is a “page-turner for Ellen Hopkins fans” (Kirkus Reviews).
In one moment
it is over.
In one moment
it is gone.
Twelve-year-old Hope’s life is turned upside down when her older sister, Lizzie, becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself. Hope and Lizzie have relied on each other from a young age, ever since their dad died. Their mother, who turns tricks to support her family, is a reluctant and unreliable parent—at best. During the course of this lyrical and heartbreaking narrative, told in blank verse from an exceptionally promising YA voice, readers will discover the chilling reason why Lizzie has stopped speaking—and why Hope is the only one who can bring the truth to light and save her sister.
I must agree with Amazon’s recommendation of this book to fans of Ellen Hopkins’s work. This is a real page-turner, written in blank verse that cuts to the core of the emotions of Hope. Her longing and desperation for the return of her sister, Lizzie, will break your heart, while Hope’s relationship with her mother is flawed and, at times, infuriating. We pray for Hope to stay safe and to find the familial love for which she is so desperately searching. There is definitely mature content within this novel, so younger readers may need to sit this one out for a little while.