Everything's Not Fine

Everything's Not Fine

by Sarah Carlson
Everything's Not Fine

Everything's Not Fine

by Sarah Carlson


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A Kirkus Best YA Book of 2020 About Finding Inner Strength

Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Children's Book By a Wisconsin Author for 2021

"Alive with vibrant, raw emotion.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Along with the relatively uncommon theme of living with an addicted parent, this emotionally intense tale offers… an engaging picture of two teens circling and closing as they discover common ground.” – School Library Journal

Seventeen-year-old Rose Hemmersbach aspires to break out of small town Sparta, Wisconsin and achieve her artistic dreams, just like her aunt Colleen. Rose’s love of Frida Kahlo fuels her paint brush and her dreams to attend a prestigious art school. Painting is Rose’s escape from her annoying younger siblings and her family’s one rule: ignore the elephant in the room, because talking about it makes it real. That is, until the day Rose finds her mother dying on the kitchen floor of a heroin overdose. Kneeling beside her, Rose pleads with the universe to find a heartbeat. She does – but when her mother is taken to hospital, the troubles are just beginning.  Rose and her dad are left to pick up the pieces: traumatized siblings, a Child Protective Services investigation, eviction. As Rose fights to hold everything together, and her dreams of the future start to slip from her grasp, she must face the question of what happens when – if – her mom comes home again. And if, deep down, Rose even wants her to.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684424108
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/26/2020
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Sarah is an author focused on exploring contemporary issues facing youth today through young adult fiction. She is a member of SCBWI and author of All the Walls of Belfast. She lives near Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and two small children. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Masters of Science in Education, and an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology.

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Praise for All The Walls of Belfast

Compassionate, honest, and hopeful...- Marie Marquardt, Author of Dream Things True The Radius of Us & Flight Season

“I loved it! The story kept building and building as I was falling deeper and deeper for these characters, Danny and Fiona, the Romeo and Juliet of Belfast…a stellar debut!” — Jessie Ann Foley, award-winning author of The Carnival at Bray

All the Walls of Belfast is a powerful story about how the stones our parents throw in the past make ripples in our futures. Fiona and Danny's distinct voices weave a colorful tapestry of modern-day Belfast that will stick with readers for a long, long time.- Christina June, Author of Everywhere You Want to Be

[All the Walls of Belfast] is fast-paced, compelling, and unputdownable…This is a story that transcends the scope of the plot and characters and speaks deeply to the needs of our broken world. I can’t recommend it enough! - Jodi Herlick, Author and WriteMentor Mentor

“An endearing story full of pain, love, and strength.” —Booklist

“…a young adult romance with real meaning behind it…a welcome addition to the genre.” —Foreword Reviews

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