An important, difficult, challenging, personal story of creativity, love, support, and survival. We're so lucky that Jarrett has shared his story. For the kids who see themselves here, l think this book will be invaluable.
What a tremendous writer! Not only is this a compelling true crime mystery, it's a snapshot of a very specifc slice of California life. The author's work-- both the book and her research-- have proven to be critically important and will be remembered. She should also be honored as a talented voice in narrative nonfiction and true cringe.
Decided I need some real science with no "alternative facts."
A librarian friend compared this to Ken Bruen (one of the few mystery-thriller writers I really love) so this was on my TBR list separate from all the hype. It doesn't have the humor of Bruen, but the solid unreliable narrator sold me. Turned out to be a perfect vacation read.
A simple early chapter book, the book takes on big ideas about bullying, being true to yourself, and taking responsibility for your actions. Doesn't hurt that Lola is a bicultural soccer loving journal keeping smart girl! I've got high hopes for the series.
I've read bits and pieces of this over the years, but now seems like the opportune time to read the whole thing.
"Us girls deserve more than one song. We deserve more than one pledge of solidarity. We deserve better songs than any boy will ever write about us."
from 'Emo: Where the Girls Aren't' (p 20)