Sunday, September 13, 2015

Famous Last Words / Katie Alender / 315 pages

Willa, a high school junior, moves from Connecticut to Los Angeles, California as her widowed mother has married a movie producer after a whirlwind courtship.  Although she now lives in a beautiful mansion, once home to a famous movie star, she is having a difficult time.  Of course, the new, private, school has the expected awkward adjustment period, but Willa has "opened a portal to the spirit world.  [She] is being stalked by a ghost, and [her] aura is the color of dirty rainwater."  She feels responsible for her father's death and she has terrifying visions involving of a local serial killer.  She desperately wants to share her visions/visitations with her mom and Jonathan but "face it - Crazy Ghost is never going to be people's go to explanation, not when there's a teenager in the house to take the blame."  Willa is paired in science class with Wyatt, who seems obsessed with the recent serial murders.  Together they uncover facts relating to the killer's ID.  Could it possibly be her stepfather?  This is a riveting tale with just the right touch of romance and teen angst.

"Your word is your bond.  When you get a reputation for not telling the truth, it can follow you forever."
"Fine isn't the same as happy, but sometimes it's the best you can hope for."
"The important thing about being alive is, what do you do when you can't have what you want.  That's what determines what kind of person you are."

Truman Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17

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