Andrews captures perfectly the trials and tribulations that accompany the awkward stages of puberty in this relatable and unpredictable novel. It’s good for both adults and prepubescent teens aching for someone to tell their story.

Emmie Wilcox was just 6 when her older sister Roxy was kicked out. Since then, Emmie has been forbidden to mention Roxy’s name and all traces of her were erased. But when her parents both die, her sister becomes her legal guardian. Roxy’s profession as an escort stirs trouble for Emmie at school, and her presence at Roxy’s place of business proves dangerous. The sisters come together in their grief and find a way to grow up. (GALLERY, Mar., 416 pp., $16.50)

Reviewed by: 
B. Nakia Garner