As if her parents’ divorce and sister’s departure for college weren’t bad enough, fourteen-year-old Ricky Bloom has just been diagnosed with a life-changing chronic illness. Her days consist of cursing everyone out, skipping school—which has become a nightmare—daydreaming about her crush, Julio, and trying to keep her parents from realizing just how bad things are. But she can’t keep her ruse up forever.
Ricky’s afraid, angry, alone, and one suspension away from repeating ninth grade when she realizes: she can’t be held back. She’ll do whatever it takes to move forward—even if it means changing the person she’s become. Lured out of her funk by a quirky classmate, Oliver, who’s been there too, Ricky’s porcupine exterior begins to shed some spines. Maybe asking for help isn’t the worst thing in the world. Maybe accepting circumstances doesn’t mean giving up.
Author’s note with resources.
JLG Release: Sep 2019
Awards & Honors
Schneider Family Book Award Winner - 2020
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
5 1/2" x 8"
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.7; Points: 20;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Homophobic Slur, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Discrimination: Ableism, Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment
Juvenile arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, People with disabilities, Family problems, Schools, Friendship,