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After teen Ingrid commits suicide, Caitlin, 16, is overcome with grief and guilt: My best friend is dead, and I could have saved her. Why didn't she see it coming? Then she finds Ingrid's diary, and the journal entries (including a secret of sexual trauma) are woven into the story along with Caitlin's memories as she goes through stages of sorrow, depression, anger, and recovery, with the support of her loving parents. She also becomes close to a gorgeous, understanding classmate, Taylor ( his lip grazes my earlobe, and my body fills with light ); makes friends with her lesbian classmate, Dylan; works on her photography; and bonds with her art teacher. Set in the suburbs of San Francisco, this first novel may try to cover too much. But the immediate, present-tense, first-person narrative stays true to a teen's daily experience, and whether Caitlin is building a tree house or watching the demolition of a theater, the metaphors of loss and recovery are rooted in the surprising dramas of daily life.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2009 Booklist
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Gr 10 Up-After losing her best friend, Ingrid, to suicide, Caitlin is completely immobilized. Unable to function, and refusing to visit a therapist, she begins the long journey to wellness alone. During this year of heart-wrenching, raw emotion, Caitlin finds Ingrid's journal, which not only reveals her descent into irreversible depression, but also serves as Caitlin's vehicle for renewed hope in the future. The book is written with honesty, revealing one's pain after the loss of a loved one. Caitlin learns, with the help of new friends and her parents, that there is life after Ingrid.-Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.