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From the New York Times bestselling authors of All the Bright Places and Every Day comes a story of hope, siblinghood, and finding your home in the people who matter the most.Subject: You. Missing....
From the New York Times bestselling authors of All the Bright Places and Every Day comes a story of hope, siblinghood, and finding your home in the people who matter the most.Subject: You. Missing....
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  • From the New York Times bestselling authors of All the Bright Places and Every Day comes a story of hope, siblinghood, and finding your home in the people who matter the most.
    Subject: You. Missing.

    Ezra Ahern wakes up one day to find his older sister, Bea, gone. No note, no sign, nothing but an email address hidden somewhere only he would find it. Ezra never expected to be left behind with their abusive stepfather and their neglectful mother—how is he supposed to navigate life without Bea?
     
    Bea Ahern already knew she needed to get as far away from home as possible But a message in her inbox changes everything, and she finds herself alone in a new city—without Ez, without a real plan—chasing someone who might not even want to be found.
    As things unravel at home for Ezra, Bea will confront secrets about their past that will forever change the way they think about their family. Together and apart, broken by abuse but connected by love, this brother and sister must learn to trust themselves before they can find a way back to each other.

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  • From the book

    Subject: You. Missing. 

    From: e89898989@ymail.com 

    To: b98989898@ymail.com 

    Date: Mon 25 Mar 12:12 EST 

    Dear Bea, 

    I am not mad at you. I don’t blame you. But I do think you owe me an explanation. 

    I know you’re gone. We all know you’re gone. I think from the moment Mom went into your room and found it the way you left it, we knew. What an exquisite fuck you to her and Darren—a perfectly made bed. Like it had never been slept in. Like you’d never been here at all. How many times have they yelled at you to make that bed? How many times have you refused? (Hint: The answer to both questions is the same number.) And now: You left everything smooth and blank. 

    No note. No word. 

    I know. I looked. 

    I wasn’t the one who found your room like that. I was sitting at the kitchen table, trying to eat cereal in a way that wouldn’t annoy Darren. Suddenly Mom was screaming your name. Again and again, angry at first, then something else—maybe ten percent scared. (It maxed out there, about ten percent.) I’ll admit I didn’t think much of it, since no morning would be complete without you two fighting. Darren didn’t look up from his toast either. But then Mom came storming into the kitchen and launched right into me—Where is your sister? Tell me right now where she is. 

    If I were you, I would have responded with something like “How the fuck should I know?” or “Isn’t it a little early for this shit, Mom?” But it’s a well-established fact that I am not you, so immediately I was like, “I don’t know I don’t know I don’t know—what’s going onnnnnnn?” Sounding guilty as I tried so hard to sound innocent. Then she turned to Darren and was like, “She’s gone,” and he was like, “How the hell can she be gone?” 

    As an answer, we took a family trip up to your room. That’s when I saw your bed and thought, Oh, wow. She’s taken off. 

    I wasn’t going to say anything more than that, but they saw me looking around and Darren was on me in a flash, asking what was missing. I pointed out that your backpack wasn’t anywhere in sight, and that your schoolbooks were now stacked next to your garbage pail. (Nice touch.) Also, the biggest shock, your phone was abandoned on your dresser. Presumably so we couldn’t use it to track you. 

    Mom and Darren acted like insider knowledge was required to make this observation, so the interrogation resumed. I didn’t crack, though. Or wait—I guess I did crack. But they quickly saw there wasn’t anything behind the crack. You’d left me empty too. 

    They might have kept on me—there wasn’t anything else for them to do, or at least nothing else that was occurring to them—but at that moment we were jolted by a honk outside. And I’ll admit—even though it didn’t really surprise me to find you were gone, it surprised the heck out of me to have Joe in front of our house, coming to pick you up. Because that meant you’d left him too. 

    I probably don’t need to describe the ambush that followed. Darren dragging poor Joe out of the car, into the kitchen. Sitting him down, asking him hundreds of questions. And Joe sitting there, it dawning on him that his girlfriend has vanished. You are his life, Bea. You know that. And of all people, Darren was telling him that his life had walked out the door. Buh-bye. 

    Even though Darren yelled at Joe to look at him, only him, Joe kept looking over to me, begging...

About the Author-

  • Jennifer Niven is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright PlacesHolding Up the Universe, and Breathless, as well as the popular Velva Jean series and non-fiction for adults. Her books have been translated into over seventy-five languages and have won literary awards around the world. When she isn’t working on multiple book and TV projects­, Jennifer also oversees Germ, a literary web magazine for high school age and beyond. Jennifer divides her time between coastal Georgia and Paris.
    David Levithan's many acclaimed novels include Someday, Another Day, Every Day, Two Boys Kissing, and Boy Meets Boy. His bestselling collaborations include Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah (both written with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green). In 2016, David was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contribution to YA literature. You can learn more about him at davidlevithan.com and follow him on Twitter at @loversdiction.

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  • Kirkus

    July 1, 2021
    Teenage sibs desperately search for ways to escape a toxic domestic situation. When his big sister, Bea, disappears just two months before her Indiana high school graduation, leaving him without an ally at home against their passive aggressive mom and viciously abusive stepfather, 15-year-old Ezra oscillates between rage and terror--even after Bea emails that she's (more or less) OK. Fortunately, Ezra can look to his boyfriend, Terrence, and other outside allies for support when the punishments and public scenes get to be too much. Bea has walled off everyone except her beloved little brother and has, it turns out, quixotically set out on a quest of her own...only to discover that their mother hasn't been exactly straight about important elements of their family history. The authors frame this heartbreaking outing through emails of frequently monumental length and a relentless focus on either pep talks or event and relationship analysis. Perceptive readers who make it through the emotional wringer will encounter certain themes: that people and the reasons for what they do are rarely if ever simple; that adolescence can be scary but exhilarating (the solid, healthy bond between Ezra and Terrence being a case in point); and that seeing oneself clearly is a first step toward real change. Ultimately, Ezra and Bea come to understand that it's better to be running toward the future than from the past. Ezra is White; Terrence is Black. A wrenching, if logorrheic, epistolary portrait of a dysfunctional family. (authors' note, resources) (Fiction. 14-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from July 23, 2021

    Gr 8 Up-"You burned the bridge, Bea-and you still wanted me to walk on it?" When Ezra's 18-year-old sister abandons their abusive home, all she leaves 15-year-old Ezra is a secret email address. He, better than anyone, understands Bea's urge to escape, but why now? When Bea won't answer and cuts off communication, a desperate Ezra snaps. After trying to burn their house down, he ends up living with Bea's bereft boyfriend, then with his own boyfriend, Terrence. Bea, homeless after following the promise of a better life with someone she met online, finds both more and less than she and Ezra bargained for. The siblings are taking their first, harrowing steps toward a better future-but can either manage without the other? Ezra and Bea are white; Terrence is Black. Once readers of this novel-in-emails accept that both siblings are mature writers who can recount extensive scenes, including dialogue, they will be richly rewarded. In this heartrending tale, nuanced and flawed characters struggle with secrets, crises, and complex questions about family, love, loyalty, and responsibility. The story emphasizes that many kids hide family dysfunction, that they need to know they are not alone, and that they can survive and find others who will value them. The book includes strong language and mild sexual situations. It offers a list of resources for those struggling with abuse. VERDICT This epistolary narrative about a brother and sister escaping their abusive family will grab readers from the first page and does not let go. Highly recommended.-Rebecca Moore, The Overlake Sch., Redmond, WA

    Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 23, 2021
    Two white siblings find themselves—and each other—in Levithan’s (19 Love Songs) and Niven’s (Breathless) tender collaboration. When 15-year-old high school freshman Ezra Ahern’s 18-year-old senior sister Beatrix disappears from their Indiana hometown, he feels lost, left alone with their abusive mother and stepfather. As Bea starts a new life and uncovers hidden family history in St. Louis, Ezra struggles to leave his parents and be honest with his boyfriend Terrence, who is Black. Things reach a boiling point for each of the siblings until the only way for them to save themselves is to confront their fear and break their silence. Thoughtful observations and difficult truths abound in Bea’s and Ez’s story, which alternates between their viewpoints and is told entirely via their emails, as they grapple compellingly with their trauma. Bea is especially memorable—naive and self-aware, callous and compassionate—but withdrawn Ez’s gradual opening up to others is also potent. If the delivery relies on philosophizing instead of letting the narrative speak for itself, the compassionate portrayal of the pain of childhood abuse and the difficulty of escaping it more than compensates. Ages 14–up. Agents: (for Levithan) Bill Clegg, Clegg Agency; (for Niven) Kerry Sparks, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.

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