Linnea thinks a lot about life. But when she becomes friends with Pia, it's like a meeting of twin souls. Pia is someone she can talk to -- about everything. About guys, about the afterlife, about Markus's tanned neck, about politics...and more about guys. So why did Pia have to go and kill herself?
With self-deprecating candor, sixteen-year-old Linnea recounts the year following Pia's suicide and her struggle to claim her grief over her lost soul mate. By turns uproarious and intensely sad, Linnea's voice brings both her inner and outer worlds vividly to life for young readers, portraying the confusion, irony and humiliations of being a smart teen in an often ridiculous world.
Katarina Mazetti's portrayals of contemporary society display unsettling wit and honesty. A leading writer for both adults and teens in her native Sweden, her remarkable ability to write about serious human dilemmas with a huge dose of humor has helped to sell more than a million copies of her books.Maria Lundin has translated several books from Swedish to English. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
...sharp and effective...the narration is also steeped in wry and perceptive wit that speaks to the young adult experience.
[Readers] will come away from this novel with an enhanced respect for life and friendship.
...a powerful lamentation about loss.
...a book as intelligent as it is well written.
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