A stunning debut about a young teenager on the brink and a parent desperate to find the truth before it’s too late.
Thirteen year old Callie is accused of bullying at school, but Rebecca knows the gentle girl she’s raised must be innocent. After Callie is exonerated, she begins to receive threatening notes from the girl who accused her, and as these notes become desperate, Rebecca feels compelled to intervene. As she tries to save this unbalanced girl, Rebecca remembers her own intense betrayals and best-friendships as a teenager, when her failure to understand those closest to her led to tragedy. She’ll do anything to make this story end differently. But Rebecca doesn’t understand what’s happening or who is truly a victim, and now Callie is in terrible danger. This raw and beautiful story about the intensity of adolescent emotions and the complex identity of a teenage girl looks unflinchingly at how cruelty exists in all of us, and how our worst impulses can estrange us from ourselves – or even save us.
About Lauren Frankel
Lauren Frankel received her BA in English from Vassar College. She has worked with young people, as both an educator and a librarian, in the US and the UK. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of… More about Lauren Frankel
“‘Do you know your children?’ Thus begins Hyacinth Girls, a book with razor-sharp teeth, a pumping heart, and wide-open eyes; a plunge into the secret, murky waters between the bullies and the bullied. In her debut, Lauren Frankel conjures up real girlhood, the kind you don’t read about in storybooks: complicated, troubling, and true.” —Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet
“Suspenseful and highly thought-provoking, Hyacinth Girls deftlyilluminates the potentially harrowing landscape of teenage friendships while lending fresh perspective to the complex issue of bullying.” —Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia
“Quite the twisty tale.” —New York Daily News
“Disconcerting and suspenseful, Frankel’s debut offers insights into the pressures of adolescence, the cruelty of society—and how little we know our children.”—People