For 16-year-old Leila Abranel, the suicide of a much older half sister sparks a journey of discovery as she tries to figure out why. Her family is complicated-Rebecca and Clare, her father's daughters from his first marriage, are more than 20 years her senior. Leila was close to their mother, who has recently died. All three girls have struggled with dyslexia, and Leila is not sure where she fits into the world of the adults around her. Devastated by Rebecca's suicide, Leila's parents throw themselves into their work and go to Poland to be part of a team building a teaching hospital, leaving Leila with Clare. The teen begins her quest to understand Rebecca's death. In doing so, she meets 31-year-old Eamon and they fall in love. Because he does not date teenagers, he leaves her alone but they both find that this does not lessen their attraction for one another and eventually they decide that they can manage the age difference. Leila does not find all the answers she is searching for; instead she finds that some things and some people are unknowable. Freymann-Weyr explores complex relationships in a manner that is both sensitive and compelling. Leila's growing maturity as she deals with the changes in her life make for a sophisticated and interesting coming-of-age tale. (School Library Journal)
Garret gives an overview of the book:
Garret Freymann-Weyr was born in New York City, and went to college at UNC Chapel Hill and NYU. Her first novel, "Pretty Girls" is (mercifully) out of print; unfortunately, so is her best Young Adult novel, "The Kings Are Already Here". She has written...