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Pasadena



by
Sherri L. Smith

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin
Imprint
Putnam’s
ISBN
9781101996256

Awards and Honors
VOYA’s Perfect Tens 2016
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Suicide , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape, Social Issue: Abortion
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When Jude's best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. But Jude calls it what it is: murder.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Suicide , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape, Social Issue: Abortion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.3: points 6

Lexile

HL630L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

12

JLG Release

Dec 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Mystery and detective stories. Murder. Secrets. Friendship. City and town life. Pasadena, California.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)*

School Library Journal

A slow-burning plot told at a fast pace, Smith’s latest explores the dark life of an otherwise bright and glamorous West Coast girl. Maggie is Jude’s best friend and the center of their posse’s universe, so when she is found floating in a pool with a belly full of pills, the apparent suicide leaves friends and family unraveling in her wake. Jude, however, questions why a brilliant and beautiful girl with such a promising future would end her life so soon, and begins hunting for the answers hidden in Maggie’s final days. Motives swirl as Jude digs up dirt on everyone left behind, and she soon discovers that Maggie’s killer may be closer to home than anyone would like to think. The book is impossible to put down, with increasing tension leading readers in the direction of a big reveal. The cold truth winds up being something of a disappointment but also speaks to the teenage experience. Fascinating, tragic, and equal parts glossy and gritty, this is a noir investigation of familial expectations, tension, and turmoil. In a problematic scene, Jude, reminiscing about her parents’ divorce, mentions how their split was part of the aftermath of her rape at age nine by a babysitter, and blames herself for the rift in her home life. While this is a realistic viewpoint for survivors of rape, it is left unresolved. VERDICT Recommended for anyone interested in a mystery exploring the darker fringes of California’s social scene.—Emily Grace Le May, Providence Community Library, RI

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

A slow-burning plot told at a fast pace, Smith’s latest explores the dark life of an otherwise bright and glamorous West Coast girl. Maggie is Jude’s best friend and the center of their posse’s universe, so when she is found floating in a pool with a belly full of pills, the apparent suicide leaves friends and family unraveling in her wake. Jude, however, questions why a brilliant and beautiful girl with such a promising future would end her life so soon, and begins hunting for the answers hidden in Maggie’s final days. Motives swirl as Jude digs up dirt on everyone left behind, and she soon discovers that Maggie’s killer may be closer to home than anyone would like to think. The book is impossible to put down, with increasing tension leading readers in the direction of a big reveal. The cold truth winds up being something of a disappointment but also speaks to the teenage experience. Fascinating, tragic, and equal parts glossy and gritty, this is a noir investigation of familial expectations, tension, and turmoil. In a problematic scene, Jude, reminiscing about her parents’ divorce, mentions how their split was part of the aftermath of her rape at age nine by a babysitter, and blames herself for the rift in her home life. While this is a realistic viewpoint for survivors of rape, it is left unresolved. VERDICT Recommended for anyone interested in a mystery exploring the darker fringes of California’s social scene.—Emily Grace Le May, Providence Community Library, RI

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