And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
7 word review: Emily’s poetry is therapeutic after boyfriend’s tragedy.
Realistic fiction. Stand-alone novel. YA. Share with ages 14+.
Emily Beam is reeling. Her ex-boyfriend Paul committed suicide in front of her at her old school, causing her parents to send her to boarding school at Amherst School for Girls – the same school her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson, once attended – for the rest of the year. Processing and coping with grief and guilt, Emily’s mind is constantly creating raw, original poems that help her work through her still-swirling emotions. With a handful of supporting characters – most notably roommate K.T. and French teacher Madame Colche – Emily’s journey is honest and realistic as she works through two intense life-challenges (suicide and abortion). This beautifully written novel about healing and self-discovery after upheaval is highly recommended.