Laura is a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the 1960s, navigating her way through classes, friendships, and even a new romance. But she's carrying around a secret: her mother is suffering from a mental illness.
No one in Laura's family will talk about her mother's past hospitalizations or increasingly erratic behavior, and Laura is confused and frightened. She finds some refuge in art, but when her mother, also an artist, suffers a breakdown, Laura fears that she will follow in her mother’s footsteps. Left without a refuge, can she find the courage to face what scares her the most?
Eloquent and compelling, this powerful novel-in-verse tackles complex themes in a way that will have readers rooting for Laura to find the courage to get the answers she needs
About Linda Vigen Phillips (Charlotte, North Carolina Author)
Linda Vigen Phillips, a retired teacher, is passionate about poetry and better mental health, both of which culminated in her YA debut verse novel, Crazy (Eerdmans/2014). It was named a notable Social Studies Trade Book, listed as one of the NY Public Library’s Best Books for teens, and one of Bank Street College of Education’s best children’s books of the year, among other accolades.
Phillips enjoys presenting writing workshops in schools and libraries, and offering a message of hope and an opportunity for dialogue about mental illness to churches and community organizations. She lives in Charlotte with her husband.