Michelle E Reed (Michelle_in_WI on QT) has signed with agent Zabe Ellor of Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.
Lucy Singer has just been shot by her best friend's dad.
Lucy is sixteen and has dedicated her life to preparing for a career as a comic book illustrator. The damage to her arm means she'll never draw again.
Alicia, her best friend, is devastated by the shooting, but how can she not stand up for her dad? After all, he was the “good guy with a gun” trying to stop the Dairee Mart robbery. He didn't mean to shoot Lucy.
From school to the media, everyone is choosing sides. Problem is, nobody's choosing Alicia, and she can't share her deepest secret with the one person she needs to tell the most. She's in love for the first time in her life—with Lucy's sister—but can't possibly tell Lucy about it now.
Lucy has plenty of her own problems. Obviously. She can't draw, her mom's cashiering job isn't going to cover the massive expense of almost bleeding to death, and she has no idea if she can ever forgive Alicia's dad for pulling the trigger. The new senior at their school, who happens to be exactly Lucy's type, might be just who she needs. A talented photographer who understands loss, Chance has finally landed the perfect foster care placement after a lifetime of failures and abuse. But he has a huge secret that could destroy the life he's building, and the girl he's falling for.
An 81,000 word contemporary YA, FINDING OUR WAY TO AFTER is told in alternating first person points of view that dive deep into the fallout of American gun culture. It will appeal to fans of The Radius of Us and I Have Lost My Way.
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