From the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces comes a stunning novel that Vanity Fair calls “impossibly moving” and “suffused with light”. In this raw, deeply personal story, a teenaged girl struggles to find herself amidst the fallout of her brother's addiction in a town ravaged by the opioid crisis.
For all of Emory's life she's been told who she is. In town she's the rich one--the great-great-granddaughter of the mill's founder. At school she's hot Maddie Ward's younger sister. And at home, she's the good one, her stoner older brother Joey's babysitter. Everything was turned on its head, though, when she and Joey were in the car accident that killed Candy MontClaire. The car accident that revealed just how bad Joey's drug habit was.
Four months later, Emmy's junior year is starting, Joey is home from rehab, and the entire town of Mill Haven is still reeling from the accident. Everyone's telling Emmy who she is, but so much has changed, how can she be the same person? Or was she ever that person at all?
Mill Haven wants everyone to live one story, but Emmy's beginning to see that people are more than they appear. Her brother, who might not be "cured," the popular guy who lives next door, and most of all, many "ghostie" addicts who haunt the edges of the town. People spend so much time telling her who she is--it might be time to decide for herself.
A journey of one sister, one brother, one family, to finally recognize and love each other for who they are, not who they are supposed to be, You'd Be Home Now is Kathleen Glasgow's glorious and heartbreaking story about the opioid crisis, and how it touches all of us.
Sixteen-year-old Emory Ward, who cues as white, feels invisible. After she and her older brother Joey are in a car crash that kills another student, and heroin is found in Joey's system, her life fractures. Her friends abandon her for her perceived part in their classmate's death; her relationship with Joey, even after he returns from rehab, isn't the same; and she shoplifts to ease the pain of not being seen. The teens' mother, whose family built the mill that gave their small town its name, expects too much of both recovering Joey and "good" child Emory, but connecting with friends old and new allows Emory to finally begin building self-confidence and meaningfully support her brother. Glasgow (How to Make Friends with the Dark) tackles such difficult topics as classism and bigotry in the educational system, and draws struggles with addiction, especially Joey's, with remarkable compassion. A melodramatic twist in the third act unfortunately undercuts the nuance established by the book's beginning, but Emory and Joey's journeys and sibling relationship are memorable, and the conclusion admirably humanizes a group of people whom society frequently demonizes. Ages 14 up. Agent: Julie Stevenson, Massie & McQuilkin Literary.
It took me a little to get into this book but once i did i couldn’t put it down. This author does a good job portraying what addiction looks like from the outside and left me speechless!!! Completely loved this book.
This book is truly amazing! I saw it first back in late August early September (some time before it was even released) and wanted to read it! Fast forward to now, and I am sooo happy I did. It opens your eyes to a lot of things that we may not witness in life, but are real problems that need more awareness. I started a book club and this is one of the books I had on the list, I hope everyone loves it just as much. Such a brilliant author and I can’t wait to start reading her other books! Enjoy :).