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This timely, emotionally-resonant story about a teen girl dealing with the aftermath of a tragic shooting is a must-read from an exciting new YA talent.

Johanna has had more than enough trauma in her life. She lost her mom in a car accident, and her father went AWOL when Johanna was just a baby. At 16, life is steady, boring...maybe even stifling, since she's being raised by her grandparents who never talk about their daughter, her mother Mandy. 

Then he comes back: Robert Newsome, Johanna's father, bringing memories and pictures of Mandy. But that's not all he shares. A tragic car accident didn't kill Mandy - it was Johanna, who at two years old, accidentally shot her own mother with an unsecured gun. 

Now Johanna has to sort through it all - the return of her absentee father, her grandparents' lies, her part in her mother's death. But no one, neither her loyal best friends nor her sweet new boyfriend, can help her forgive them. Most of all, can she ever find a way to forgive herself? 

In a searing, ultimately uplifting story, debut author Alex Richards tackles a different side of the important issue that has galvanized teens across our country.

©2020 Alex Richards (P)2020 Recorded Books

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do yourself a favor and listen to this one

I had no idea what this book was about. I saw the author on tik tok and she was so proud of her book, I knew I had to give it a try and I was not disappointed at all! it really felt like I was watching this story unfold in real life. absolutely wonderful book and I look forward to reading her next book!

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A great story about the grief journey

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The feelings and thoughts of the main character as she processes her grief feels genuine, which is sometimes hard to do in a book. I did find myself forgetting that the characters were teenagers, because they seemed very grown up but trauma and grief do age people. The story overall was good. I do wish some minor things would have worked out differently, but overall I enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend this book!