A heart-wrenching novel about best friends on a collision course with the real world, from Amy Zhang, the critically acclaimed Indie Next author of Falling into Place.Micah and Janie, Janie and Micah. That's how it's been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivian moved in next door to Micah. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. The way Janie sees it, Micah and Janie share a soul. They'll be best friends forever--as long as no one at school knows about it.Janie and Micah are secret friends. They spend their free time together at the quarry, a pile of rocks Janie dubs the "Metaphor for Our Lives." At school, Janie pretends she and Micah are only neighbors and barely acquaintances. When Janie is date-raped by the most popular guy in school--the boy she has had a crush on for years--she finds herself ostracized by all the people she called her friends. Only Micah seems to believe she's telling the truth. But when even Micah expresses doubts about Janie's honesty, it leads to disastrous consequences, and Janie Vivian goes missing. Another hard-hitting and stunning literary read, featuring memorable characters and a nonlinear narrative, from the extraordinarily talented Amy Zhang.
AMY ZHANG is the author of Falling into Place, an American Bookseller s Indies Introduce selection. She was born in China, grew up in Wisconsin, and currently lives in New York State.