“Pitch-perfect…a surefire hit.” —The Children’s Book Review
“A sparkling homage to LA and a love letter to the difficult, mercurial, rewarding relationship between sisters.” —Booklist
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets 10 Things I Hate About You in this fun, contemporary novel about two sisters who have twenty-four hours to fulfill a pact and overcome the secret that threatens to tear them apart.
Sisters April and Jenn haven’t been close in years. Jenn’s too busy with school, the family antique shop, and her boyfriend, and April would rather play soccer and hang out with the boy next door.
But when April notices her older sister is sad about staying home for college, she decides to do something about it. The girls set off to revive a pact they made as kids: spend an epic day exploring the greatest hits of their childhood and all that Los Angeles has to offer.
Then April learns that Jenn has been keeping a secret that could rip their family—and their parents—apart. With only one day to set things right, the sisters must decide if their relationship is worth saving, or if the truth will tear them apart for good.
In her newest YA novel, Spieller (Your Destination Is on the Left) explores complicated family issues between two sisters and their respective relationships with their always arguing parents. Dependable, older Jenn is planning to follow her longtime boyfriend to Stanford in the fall but hasn't told her family she's afraid of the fallout since she keeps both parents and their failing antique business afloat. Younger, neglected April, a soccer star, has a reputation for being self-centered, which she resents; she's just trying to avoid the family's difficult dynamics. Set over a single day of special L.A. experiences that April has planned for Jenn in an attempt to repair their once-close relationship, this sister-centric story unleashes a roller coaster of resurfaced memories, revealed secrets, and painful family reckonings. Spieller builds narrative tension through the tight time framework, using it to layer emotion into relationships, including the sisters' romantic entanglements. For readers looking for a solidly constructed family drama, April and Jenn's story is sure to satisfy. Ages 14 up.