A boldly original tale about a girl who journeys through love and loss to find her mother — and discovers that everyone has a story to tell, including herself.
"I used to think that a person would not know who I was, not really know me, until they heard about my mother."
Four years, four months, and fifteen days ago, Natalie Gordon's mother walked out mid-sentence, before she finished what she was going to say. Now Natalie is traveling twenty-four hours on a bus to Florida to find her mother, to find herself, to find out something about love. Along the way, Natalie struggles to understand her relationship with Adam, a boy she pines for with near-obsession, and to her surprise, she meets people with stories like her own, stories about giving love and getting lost in the desire to be wanted. Acclaimed middle-grade novelist Nora Raleigh Baskin makes her young adult debut with a deeply resonant novel about secrets held and secrets shared, about having the courage to uncover all we know — and don’t know — of love.
About the Author
Nora Raleigh Baskin is the ALA Schneider Family Book Award winning author of "Anything But Typical". She was chosen as a "Publishers Weekly" Flying Start for her novel "What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows", and has since written a number of novels for middle graders and teens, including "The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah", "The Summer Before Boys", and "Ruby on the Outside". Nora lives with her family in Connecticut. Visit her at NoraBaskin.com.
"A poignant, daring tale about love. . . . I hesitate to use the word 'healing,' because it has so often been misused, but this adventurous tale truly deserves that description."
— Anita Shreve, best-selling author of THE PILOT'S WIFE — Anita Shreve, author of THE PILOT'SWIFE