Subject: You. Missing.
Ezra wakes one day to find his sister gone. No note, no sign, nothing but an email address hidden somewhere only he would find it.
Escaping their toxic home life, Bea finds herself alone in a new city - without friends, without a real plan - chasing someone who might not even want to be found.
As things unravel at home for Ezra, Bea confronts secrets about their past that will forever change the way they think about their family. Separated by distance but connected by love, this brother and sister must learn to trust themselves before they can find a way back to each other.
From the New York Times bestselling authors of All the Bright Places and Every Day comes a story of hope, family, and finding your true home in the people who matter the most.
Two white siblings find themselves and each other in Levithan's (19 Love Songs) and Niven's (Breathless) tender collaboration. When 15-year-old high school freshman Ezra Ahern's 18-year-old senior sister Beatrix disappears from their Indiana hometown, he feels lost, left alone with their abusive mother and stepfather. As Bea starts a new life and uncovers hidden family history in St. Louis, Ezra struggles to leave his parents and be honest with his boyfriend Terrence, who is Black. Things reach a boiling point for each of the siblings until the only way for them to save themselves is to confront their fear and break their silence. Thoughtful observations and difficult truths abound in Bea's and Ez's story, which alternates between their viewpoints and is told entirely via their emails, as they grapple compellingly with their trauma. Bea is especially memorable naive and self-aware, callous and compassionate but withdrawn Ez's gradual opening up to others is also potent. If the delivery relies on philosophizing instead of letting the narrative speak for itself, the compassionate portrayal of the pain of childhood abuse and the difficulty of escaping it more than compensates. Ages 14 up. Agents: (for Levithan) Bill Clegg, Clegg Agency; (for Niven) Kerry Sparks, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.