My Beautiful Failure by Janet Ruth Young

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The haunting account of a teen boy who volunteers at a suicide hotline and falls for a troubled caller.

As her life spirals out of control, Jenney’s calls become more desperate, more frequent. Billy, struggling with the deteriorating relationship with his depressed father, is the only one who understands. Through her pain, he sees hope. Through her tears, he feels her heart. And through her despair, he finds love. But is that enough?

Acclaimed author Janet Ruth Young has written a stunning and powerful story with no easy answers; it is about pain and heartbreak, reality and illusion, and finding redemption and the strength to forgive in the darkest of times.

About Janet Ruth Young

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Janet Ruth Young is the author of the teen novels My Beautiful Failure, Things I Shouldn’t Think (previously published as The Babysitter Murders), and The Opposite of Music. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Visit her at
Published November 13, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 321 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Children's Books.

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He’s painting again, confident he’s recovered, but Billy, 16, has doubts;

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In her third novel about mental illness, Young proves she isn’t afraid of dark topics, but while she persuasively depicts Billy’s overinvolvement with Jenney and his certainty that his family is in denial, she offers little counterweight to Billy’s judgments (Gordy, Billy’s saintly best f...

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