Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 13 to 18
- Grade: 8 to 12
“This is a book for RIGHT NOW.” — Teresa Toten, author of The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Is it asking too much to live a typical twelfth grade existence? Kelsey Kendler just wants to earn some money for university, hang out with friends, maybe even snag a boyfriend. But her pill-popping mom and distant dad scare off anybody she tries to bring home, making those last two things feel impossible.
Her part-time ice cream shop job’s a slog, but at least there, she can escape her parents’ constant fighting … until the COVID-19 pandemic forces a lockdown and she’s stuck at home with them 24/7.
As the lockdown takes its toll on Kelsey’s mental health, she starts to see the appeal of her mom’s pills. She hates what they do to her mom, but numbing herself to the world seems like a pretty good idea right about now. Horrified to find herself following in her mom’s footsteps, she can only hope she’ll eventually figure out some other way to cope …
About the author
Bev Katz Rosenbaum is the author of the I Was a Teenage Popsicle series, Who is Tanksy?, and most recently, I’m Good and Other Lies. She has taught creative writing at Centennial College and is an award-winning publishing industry veteran. Rosenbaum, a devoted coffee-drinker and chocoholic, spends her downtime reading, baking, and watching movies. She currently lives in Toronto, ON.
“I’m Good and Other Lies is a sharp, funny, occasionally harrowing story of a young woman finding the resilience to fight through the impossible to get to a place of hope”
Danielle Younge-Ullman, award-winning author of <i>Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined</i>
“Kelsey Kendler describes herself as a ‘judgy, hypervigilant downer.’ Kelsey is also funny and real, and she’ll absolutely steal your heart as she tries to navigate a new school in senior year, her dysfunctional parents, and lockdown. This is a book for RIGHT NOW.”
Teresa Toten, author of <i>The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B</i>