When secrets are forced into the light, will the bonds between Claire, Lizzy, and Matt be enough to keep everything from falling apart?
Life changes for Lizzy Swift when Claire Reynolds transfers to the Argyll School in their senior year. Claire is all Lizzy is not—reckless, independent, effortlessly cool. Claire introduces Lizzy to downtown Philadelphia—its clubs, parties, and vibrant art scene, and helps her get together with Matt, who Lizzy’s been crushing on for years. Soon Lizzy’s once-quiet life is full of adventure and passion. But Lizzy’s grades are slipping, and her new relationships are complicated. Sometimes Lizzy feels that she and Matt are soul mates, but other times he holds back from her. Claire can be moody and evasive, too. Lizzy knows her boyfriend and best friend are hiding things from her. Can what they have together last when the truth comes out?
Lizzy has never lived down the shame of her first epileptic seizure, which occurred during eighth-grade chorus ("I know girls still whisper about it. How crazy I looked. How freaky I seemed," she says). Since then, she's remained closed-lipped about her condition and made little effort to make new friends. But during her senior year, she becomes more courageous after rebellious and sophisticated new student Claire chooses her for a friend, and Matt, Lizzy's crush from another school, shows sudden interest. Lizzy is thrilled to finally have a boyfriend and to spend time with Claire, but neither her budding romance nor her new friendship is perfect. Lizzy suspects that both Claire and Matt are hiding something from her, and she's determined to find out what. In a story containing as many secrets as main characters, Griffin (Be True to Me) delivers a universal message about openness and honesty. Ages 14 up.