December 7, 2017

Good & Gone by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Published Date : November 14, 2017
Publisher : HarperTeen
Genre : YA Fiction / Social Issues


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When Lexi Green’s older brother, Charlie, starts plotting a road trip to find Adrian Wildes, a famous musician who’s been reported missing, she’s beyond confused. Her brother hasn’t said a nice word to her or left the couch since his girlfriend dumped him months ago—but he’ll hop in a car to find some hipster? Concerned at how quickly he seems to be rebounding, Lexi decides to go along for the ride.

Besides, Lexi could use the distraction. The anger and bewilderment coursing through her after getting dumped by her pretentious boyfriend, Seth, has left her on edge. As Lexi, Charlie, and their neighbor Zack hit the road, Lexi recalls bits and pieces of her short-lived romance and sees, for the first time, what it truly was: a one-sided, coldhearted manipulation game. Not only did Seth completely isolate her, but he took something from her that she didn’t give him permission to. 

The farther from home they get, the three uncover much more than empty clues about a reclusive rocker’s whereabouts. Instead, what starts off as a car ride turns into an exploration of self as each of them faces questions they have been avoiding for too long. Like the real reason Charlie has been so withdrawn lately. What Seth stole from Lexi in the pool house. And if shattered girls can ever put themselves back together.


Megan Frazer Blakemore is an author for children and young adults. Her middle grade novels include The Firefly Code (Bloomsbury, 2016), The Daybreak Bond (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Friendship Riddle (Bloomsbury, 2015), The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill (Bloomsbury, 2014), and The Water Castle (Bloomsbury, 2013), the latter of which was named a Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2013, a Bank Street College Best Book 2014, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and has been included on numerous state lists. Her books for young adults are Good and Gone(HarperTeen, 2017), Secrets of Truth & Beauty (Disney-Hyperion, 2009) and Very in Pieces (HarperTeen, 2015), which has been named a Junior Library Guild selection. She is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties.
A school librarian, Megan has a B.A. from Columbia University, and an MLS from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  Megan has over ten years experience as a librarian, including two as a children’s librarian and nine as a school librarian. As a librarian, she focuses on raising reading achievement and giving voice to students. She has written for Knowledge Quest and Library Media Connection. She has taught writing to students in elementary through graduate school.
Megan is currently pursuing her doctorate in Library Science at the Simmons SLIS. Her coursework has focused on youth services and materials. Her research interests are children’s reading choices, maker education in the school library, connecting making and literacy, and the role of choice in student engagment.
Megan lives in Maine with her husband, two children, two cats, a leopard gecko, and (sometimes) a hive of bees.

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