Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She’s been in love with Tyrone O’Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti artist, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams, literally too cool for school.
Which is a problem, since he and Flannery are partners for the entrepreneurship class that she needs to graduate. And Tyrone’s vanishing act may have darker causes than she realizes.
Tyrone isn’t Flannery’s only problem. Her mother, Miranda, can’t pay the heating bills, let alone buy Flannery’s biology book. Her little brother, Felix, is careening out of control. And her best-friend-since-forever, Amber, has fallen for a guy who is making her forget all about the things she’s always cared most about Flannery included leading Amber down a dark and dangerous path of her own.
When Flannery decides to make a love potion for her entrepreneurship project, rumors that it actually works go viral, and she suddenly has a hot commodity on her hands. But a series of shattering events makes her realize that real-life love is far more potent and potentially damaging than any fairy-tale prescription.
Written in Lisa Moore’s exuberant and inimitable style, Flannery is by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, empowering and harrowing often all on the same page. It is a novel whose spell no reader will be able to resist.
About the Author
Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of the novels Caught, February, and Alligator. Caught was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and is now a major CBC television series starring Allan Hawco. February won CBC’s Canada Reads competition, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was named a New Yorker Best Book of the Year and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Alligator was a finalist for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean region), and was a national bestseller. Her story collection Open was a finalist for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and a national bestseller. Her most recent work is a collection of short stories called Something for Everyone. Lisa lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Read an Excerpt
The man is holding up a tiny, delicate glass bottle. It’s shaped like a bottle but it appears to be liquid fire. It is pulsing like it is a heart, and the heart is flushing with blood that is not blood but white, boiling light with a yellow halo.
The man dips the little vessel into a vat and there’s a hiss and a cloud of smoke and he lifts the glass heart out of the vat and it’s a perfect bottle for a love potion. [166-67]
What People are Saying About This
Shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award
Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award
“Smart, bold, heartbreaking sophisticated teen readers will be wowed.”
Kirkus, starred review
“Flannery is perfectly planted in the sweet spot of YA writing. It’s good for the smart literary teen and the teen who plows through salacious bestsellers. It’s also for the adult who wants to remember how hard and how beautiful it was to be a teenager. This one is highly recommended.” Quill & Quire, starred review
“An engaging story and strong purchase with some valuable lessons about love, friendship, and growing up.” School Library Journal, starred review
“More than a teen romance, this poignant, intimate novel is a thoughtful, mature exploration of the joys and hazards of love of all sorts.” Horn Book, starred review
“Older teens will identify closely with brave, vulnerable Flannery in her witty, edgy coming-of-age narrative.” Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Moore’s vivid writing and keen understanding of interpersonal dynamics bring this to life.” Booklist
“Flannery remains precocious and independent, a pragmatic heroine with a fierce attitude, quiet patience, and indomitable survival instinct.” Publishers Weekly
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Flannery Malone knows the exact moment she fell in love with Tyrone O'Rourke. She also knows that their paths diverged, possibly forever, as they grew up. Now Flannery is sixteen and Tyrone is suddenly back--gorgeous and tall and never in school long enough to leave anything more than an impression. He is also, unbelievably, Flannery's partner for their entrepreneurship class. Making love potions for her entrepreneurship project should be easy--even with Tyrone being more of a figurative partner than an actual help. Unfortunately that's only the beginning of Flannery's problems. Her free spirit mother, Miranda, is struggling to reconcile her vision as an artist with the family's very real bills. Her little brother is quickly moving from adorably contrary to complete menace. Then there's Amber, Flannery's best friend. Amber used to care about two things above all others: swimming and her friendship with Flannery. That changes when Amber falls for a new guy who seems determined to make sure Amber cares about him--and nothing else--with dangerous consequences. When word spreads that Flannery's love potions might actually work her simple project gets a lot more complicated as the potions, Tyrone, and Amber make Flannery rethink what she thought she knew (and what she thought was true) about love in Flannery (2016) by Lisa Moore. Moore's standalone contemporary is a thoughtful commentary on love in its many forms. This deceptively slim novel is a meaty slice-of-life story centered on Flannery and her unconventional family. The love potion project--which spans a significant portion of Flannery's school year--frames this story and gives a unique lens to the events Flannery observes at home and at her school. This novel is written in first person with a stream of consciousness feel. Flannery's narration is sharp of tongue and wit as she neatly parses friends, family and acquaintances in the present and through flashbacks. It's easy to imagine Flannery telling readers this story over a cup of cocoa in the mall food court. Flannery has some beautiful moments about love, heartbreak, and family. A clever vignette of a book about the enduring power of love and choosing to be happy. Possible Pairings: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo, Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan, Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby, The Romantics by Leah Konen, Fly on the Wall by E. Lockheart, Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintera, The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood