Rachel thought she was grown up enough to accept that no one is perfect. Her parents argue, her grandmother has been acting strangely, and her best friend doesn’t want to talk to her. But none of that could have prepared her for what she overheard in her synagogue’s sanctuary.
Now Rachel’s trust in the people she loves is shattered, and her newfound cynicism leads to reckless rebellion. Her friends and family hardly recognize her, and worse, she can hardly recognize herself. But how can the adults in her life lecture her about acting with kavanah, intention, when they are constantly making such horribly wrong decisions themselves? This is a witty, honest account of navigating the daunting line between losing innocence and entering adulthood—all while figuring out who you really want to be.
Deborah Heiligman is the author of over two dozen books for children and young adults, including Intentions, The Boy Who Loved Math, and the award-winning Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith. A graduate of Brown University, she has also… More about Deborah Heiligman
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Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers Aug 14, 2012| 256 Pages| Young Adult| ISBN 9780375899331
Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2012: “The fastmoving, powerful narrative in Rachel’s present-tense voice will easily draw teens, not only with its dark drama, but also with the spot-on teen banter and wry viewpoint.”