The summer before her senior year of high school, Jules is vacationing with her estranged father and his family from his remarriage when she receives the news that Maggie Kim, her BFF, has been found dead, facedown in the family’s swimming pool, a presumed suicide. Maggie had always been larger than life, dramatic, and the center of her social network’s universe – her death doesn’t make sense to Jules, seeming to lack both presentation and flair, and cause. Jules swelters her way through an informal but determined investigation, exploring the dark shadows that linger among Maggie’s family and friends, and gaining insights into her own relationship with Maggie. A fine contribution to the LA noir subgenre.
"Beautiful clothes, bad habits, ugly secrets: Sherri L. Smith probes the vulnerable underbellies of a lot of toothy sharks in this page-turning California noir."--E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars Bad things happen everywhere. Even in the land of sun and roses. When Jude's best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. But Jude calls it what it is: murder. And someone has to pay. Now everyone is a suspect--family and friends alike. And Jude is digging up the past like bones from a shallow grave. Anything to get closer to the truth. But that's the thing about secrets. Once they start turning up, nothing is sacred. And Jude's got a few skeletons of her own. In a homage to the great noir stories of Los Angeles, award-winning author Sherri L. Smith's Pasadena is a tale of love, damage and salvation set against the backdrop of California's City of Roses. "Enthralling . . . Smith has created a world that is at once startlingly real and heartbreakingly unreal. Smith's novel had me leaning forward in my seat trying to remember to breathe." --Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming
About the Author
Sherri L. Smith (www.sherrilsmith.com) is the author of several novels for young adults, including the critically acclaimed Flygirl, Orleans, and The Toymaker's Apprentice. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Follow her on Twitter: @Sherri_L_Smith