100 DAYS (FSG/Macmillan – Contemporary YA)
**A Junior Library Guild Selection**
“In capturing the angst of adolescence and the power of friendship, 100 DAYS is both heartbreaking and triumphant.” ~Natasha Friend, author of The Other F-Word
“A tender, often funny tale, this story’s heartbreaking ending packs no less of a punch even though readers are prepared for it.” ~Kirkus Reviews
“Rife with compelling contemporary issues, this novel delivers a heartfelt story to a diverse readership.” ~School Library Journal
“…climactic and affecting.” ~Booklist
AGNES was diagnosed with progeria, a rare disease that causes rapid aging, when she was just a baby. Now nearly sixteen years old, Agnes has already exceeded her life expectancy.
MOIRA has been Agnes’s best friend and protector since they were in elementary school. While Agnes is physically tiny due to her disorder, Moira is big. Too big for her own liking. So big that people call her names. With her goth makeup and all-black clothes, Moira acts like she doesn’t care. But she does.
BOONE was friends with both girls, but that was a long time ago–before he did the thing that turned Agnes and Moira against him, before his dad died, before his mom got too sad to leave the house.
An unexpected event brings Agnes, Boone and Moira back together, but when romantic feelings develop, the trio’s friendship is put to the test.
BRIANNA ON THE BRINK
(Holiday House – Cntemporary YA)
“A captivating opening and fresh, honest dialogue elevate this tale of teen angst run amok, making for a promising debut. . . . Who could resist? McInnes does a superb job following the labyrinthine inner logic of a self-involved teen. . . [She] keenly captures the nuances of teen dialogue and the duplicity of high school alliances, making her an author to watch.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Brianna’s growth and the choice she faces…are engaging.” – Publishers Weekly
“McInnes has managed to make Brianna a realistic 16-year-old without resorting to stereotypes…The crux of the book is the concept of family and what it really means. All in all…a good deal of teen appeal.” — School Library Journal
Here’s what it’s about:
Sixteen-year-old Brianna Taylor finds herself lost, alone and with a major surprise in store after a one-night-stand. Just when she’s got nowhere left to turn, help arrives from the one person who is closest to her big mistake, but accepting that help will leave Brianna forced to choose between clinging to the ledge of fear and abandonment – or jumping into the unknown where a second chance at hope might just be waiting.