An intoxicating debut novel that will leave you questioning what is real and why we escape into fantasy, perfect for fans of Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer and Falling into Place by Amy Zhang.
Secrets are con artists: they trick you into letting them out.
Sadie loves her rocker boyfriend Henry and her running partner and best friend Lucie, but no one can measure up to her truest love and hero, the dazzling and passionate George. George, her secret.
When something goes wrong and Sadie is taken to the hospital calling out for George, her hidden life may be exposed. Now she must confront the truth of the past, and protect a world she is terrified to lose.
"A teen learns to use her rich interior world to fight trauma, but is this the only way out? This honest, heartfelt tale is deep and mysterious as imagination itself." --Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied and Strings Attached
"You'll inhale as you skid into the first chapter and only exhale as you cling to the last. A beautiful book about longing and loss . . . and what is real." --Teresa Toten, author of The Hero of Room 13B, winner of the Governor General Award, and Beware That Girl
Sadie, 16, knows George is a figment of her imagination, but that doesn't stop her from being drawn to him over and over again. Together, they have explored the amazing Star Palace, danced a perfect waltz, and examined a beautiful museum filled with their shared memories. In this intriguing debut novel that draws a delicate line between imagination and insanity, Redd paints a stunning yet disturbing portrait of a teen whose escape into fantasy is beginning to affect her day-to-day life. During the past several months, it has become increasingly challenging for Sadie to keep George hidden from her parents, her best friend, and her devoted boyfriend. Then, after a car accident, Sadie is rushed to the emergency room and cries out George's name. Her secret is out, and she has some explaining to do. Dreamlike sequences of Sadie's escapades with George alternate with less romanticized scenes from Sadie's past and present, including her sessions with a hospital psychiatrist, and the suspense grows as George's origin, and his connection to a traumatic event from Sadie's childhood, comes to light. In a story of heartwrenching goodbyes and brave new beginnings, Redd offers a rare glimpse into the mind of a troubled teen as she begins the healing process. Ages 14 up.