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Stephanie Kuehn

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"Two girls find friendship on their path to mental health in a story of acceptance, recovery, and resilience"--

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Young adult fiction
Social problem fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Los Angeles ; New York : Hyperion 2022.
First edition
Physical Description
312 pages ; 22 cm
Ages 14-18.
Grades 10-12.
Main Author
Stephanie Kuehn (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Two girls from different backgrounds meet in a mental health treatment center and, after a rocky start, become supportive friends in this compelling psychological drama. Colombian American Camila has finally been accepted into her dream dance academy, only to learn that her parents spent her tuition money. As dancing is her reason for living, this leads Camila to attempt suicide. Wealthy, high-achieving Dani is sick of living up to her politician mother's performative vision of Black excellence. She relaxes with drugs and alcohol and, after taking things too far, lands at Peach Tree Hills, where she rooms with Camila. Neither believes therapy will help—Camila is convinced she's broken, and Dani doesn't think she has problems with addiction—but that changes as they learn to undo the toxic patterns that led them to this point. Both teens narrate in the first person, giving an intimacy and immediacy to their struggles with depression and addiction that feel authentic. This may be triggering for some teens but a lifesaver for others, as the bittersweet ending is hopeful while acknowledging that recovery is rarely straightforward. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Using insightful prose, Kuehn's (When I Am Through with You) haunting novel follows two teens struggling to connect while recovering from individual mental health challenges. Mexican and Colombian Camila Ortiz and Black Danielle Washington are roommates at rural Georgia's Peach Tree Hills, a mental health treatment facility for adolescent girls. After a recent suicide attempt left her hospitalized and subsequently admitted to PTH for treatment, withdrawn Cami, a dancer, is resigned. Dani, a frequent partier from Dallas political royalty who was admitted for drug dependency, doesn't believe she belongs at the facility, and her festering resentment for her mother impacts her substance use rehabilitation. The girls feel as if they have nothing in common, but when they discover letters inside a music box from a former resident and decide to investigate the writer's identity, their search prompts them to share personal stories from their pasts. And as they grow closer, the teens realize that the road to recovery doesn't look the same for everyone. The girls' sincere alternating perspectives, and the compassionate health professionals that facilitate their treatments, provide hope to Cami and Dani's respective journeys. A beginning note contextualizes instances of suicide, substance dependency, and self-harm. Ages 14–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (June) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Rooming together in a treatment facility in Georgia, self-destructive teens Dani and Camila find a mysterious music box filled with letters from a former resident and work together to find out who she was—and who she’s become. 35,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Two girls find friendship on their path to mental health in a story of acceptance, recovery, and resilience"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Stephanie Kuehn writes fearlessly, honestly, and tenderly about the challenges of recovery"—Courtney Summers, New York Times best-selling author of Sadie and The ProjectDani comes from the richest, most famous Black family in Texas and has everything a girl could want. So why does she keep using drugs and engaging in other self-destructive behavior? Camila’s Colombian American family doesn’t have much, but she knows exactly what she wants out of life and works her ass off to get it. So why does she keep failing, and why does she self-harm every time she does? When Dani and Camila find themselves rooming together at Peach Tree Hills, a treatment facility in beautiful rural Georgia, they initially think they’ll never get along—and they’ll never get better. But then they find a mysterious music box filled with letters from a former resident of PTH, and together they set out to solve the mystery of who this girl was . . . and who she’s become. The investigation will bring them closer, and what they find at the end might just bring them hope.