From the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland comes a hilarious and heartbreaking novel about coming apart, getting it together—and moving on. It’s just a two-hour drive…
Pondering math problems is Esther Ainsworth’s obsession. If only life’s puzzles required logic. Her stepfather’s solution? Avoidance. He’s exiled the family to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, to erase a big secret from Esther’s past. So much for the truth. Now for the consequences: an empty swimming pool, a water-sucking cactus outside her window, a goldfish rescued from a church festival, and Esther’s thirst for something real.
Step one: forget about her first love. Step two: make allies. Esther finds them in Jesús from the local coffee bar; a girl named Color who finds beauty in an abandoned video store; Beth, the church choir outcast; and Moss, a boy with alluring possibilities. Step three: confess her secret to those she hopes she can trust. Esther’s new friends do more than just listen. They’re taking Esther one step further.
Together, they hit the road to face Esther’s past head-on. It’s a journey that will lead her to embrace her own truth—in all its glory, pain, and awesomeness.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Rebekah Crane is the author of several critically acclaimed young adult novels, including The Upside of Falling Down, The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland, Aspen—currently being adapted by Life Out Loud Films—and Playing Nice. She is a former high school English teacher who found a passion for writing young adult fiction while studying secondary English education at Ohio University. She is a yoga instructor and the mother of two girls. After living and teaching in six different cities, Rebekah finally settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to write novels and work on screenplays. She now spends her days tucked behind a laptop at seventy-five hundred feet, where the altitude only enhances the writing experience. Visit www.rebekahcrane.com, follow the author on Twitter, or like her on Facebook at /authorrebekahcrane.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thought this would be a cute book about a girl who made bad choices or had something bad happen to her and her family ran away. That was not the case, it was an emotional ride with characters and storylines that touched on everything from homelessness, teen pregnancy, religion, sex, homosexuality, abandonment, and more. The main character, Esther, has a secret but isn’t ashamed of it. Her family on the other hand are very much invested in keeping her shame, her sin, a secret. The main story in the novel is about Esther coming to terms with the consequences of what happened and how she feels about it. There is SO much more to this story than just Esther’s evolution, because the characters who become her friends, her Heaven, her trampoline (read the book if you want to know what that means) are all going through things themselves and make for a story that seems very true to the lives of a lot of teenagers today. They and their problems don’t exist in a vacuum and their friends are struggling too. This is a group of friends I would love to join. My one complaint, and what kept the rating from being 5 stars, is that the end wrapped up too quickly. I wanted more. I wanted more answers, more hints at the future, and more resolution for some things that Esther left in her past. The novel was under 300 pages so I think it would have been easy to add more, but I will add that I think the way things fell into place may also have been intentional to show that when you deal with what you are afraid of things will progress. Even with this caveat, I am excited to read more books by Rebekah Crane and I will be thinking about this book for a while to come. Thank you NetGalley for an early copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Content warnings include abandonment, homelessness and homophobia. When Esther’s family move to Truth or Consequences they are weighed down by all of the lies, secrets and judgements they bring with them. Esther’s big “mistake” has necessitated the move and her sister and once best friend Hannah doesn’t want anything to do with her, her stepfather Tom is more controlling than ever, her mother refuses to talk about it, and the family in general vacillate between judging Esther and trying to pretend they’re not all keeping a secret. Both girls are now homeschooled and missing the lives they left behind in Ohio. This is a book with iced mocha Frappuccino soy lattes, pools that are as parched as the desert, red tacks on maps, Heaven in Blockbuster, a gigantic Touchdown Jesus, terrible math jokes, and the search for truth. Color cleans houses when she’s not at school and her brother Moss (also known as Fungus) runs through the book in his short running shorts. Jesús (pronounced Hey-soos) works at a cafe and wants someone to ‘froth his wand’. Beth is the proud owner of humourous science shirts and can be found singing in the church choir. I’m a romantiphobe anyway so maybe take this with a grain of salt; I suspected going into this book that there’d be romance involved but it didn’t really work for me. It felt like we went from this guy is standoffish to the point of seeming to actively dislike her to oh, they’re kissing now without much of a progression. I did get a little misty eyed at one of the ‘Aw, I want friends like that’ moments. I didn’t particularly like Esther although I really liked most of her friends and wished their stories were fleshed out more. Although she was the main character I actually found her story to be the least interesting. In this book all of the kids are dealing with really big issues including abandonment and homophobia but this, being Esther’s story, relegates most of this to the periphery. I preferred ‘The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland’; I think I was destined to compare the two. I don’t remember having so many outstanding questions at the end of Grover and while I’ve given both books 4 stars, I’m rounding up from 3.5 for ‘The Infinite Pieces of Us’. Thank you to NetGalley and Skyscape for the opportunity to read this book.