Accidental (Paperback)

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Johanna has had more than enough trauma in her life. She lost her mom in a car accident, and her father went AWOL when Johanna was just a baby. At sixteen, life is steady, boring . . . maybe even stifling, since she's being raised by her grandparents who never talk about their daughter, her mother Mandy.

Then he comes back: Robert Newsome, Johanna's father, bringing memories and pictures of Mandy. But that's not all he shares. A tragic car accident didn't kill Mandy--it was Johanna, who at two years old, accidentally shot her own mother with an unsecured gun.

Now Johanna has to sort through it all--the return of her absentee father, her grandparents' lies, her part in her mother's death. But no one, neither her loyal best friends nor her sweet new boyfriend, can help her forgive them. Most of all, can she ever find a way to forgive herself?

In a searing, ultimately uplifting story, debut author Alex Richards tackles a different side of the important issue that has galvanized teens across our country.

About the Author


Alex Richards is a young adult author and freelance magazine contributor. She is a terrible navigator (just ask the African jungle she got lost in) but makes up for it with a dark sense of humor and home-made horror films. Raised in New Mexico, she and her family live in Brooklyn.
alexrichards.nyc
@alexgirlnyc

Praise For…


“Richards deftly explores the myriad emotional struggles after an accidental gun death. . . . Tragic, moving and genuine.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“A valuable take on a timely issue.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“In Richards's dramatic debut, Johanna, with her harrowing internal journey and desperate attempts to find closure and peace, is an admirable, convincing heroine who is determined to make things right for herself.” —Publishers Weekly

“Richards tackles this tragic story with fierce honesty. . . . when readers get into the trenches of Johanna's emotional journey, they'll be invested.” —Booklist online

Product Details
ISBN: 9781547606627
ISBN-10: 1547606622
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Publication Date: July 13th, 2021
Pages: 368