Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith

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"Beautiful clothes, bad habits, ugly secrets: Sherri L. Smith probes the vulnerable underbellies of a lot of toothy sharks in this page-turning California noir. Pasadena is stylish and still sad, chilling and still hopeful, open-hearted and still mysterious. Smith is an author with astonishing range and she’s a stellar storyteller."--E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars 

Bad things happen everywhere. Even in the land of sun and roses.

When Jude's best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. But Jude calls it what it is: murder. And someone has to pay.

Now everyone is a suspect--family and friends alike. And Jude is digging up the past like bones from a shallow grave. Anything to get closer to the truth. But that's the thing about secrets. Once they start turning up, nothing is sacred. And Jude's got a few skeletons of her own.

In a homage to the great noir stories of Los Angeles, award-winning author Sherri L. Smith's Pasadena is a tale of love, damage and salvation set against the backdrop of California's City of Roses.

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Sherri L. Smith's (www.sherrilsmith. com) Flygirl won the California Book Award, was a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, and is on 14 State Award Lists. Sherri lives in Sherman Oaks, California.
Published September 13, 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 10 Up—A slow-burning plot told at a fast pace, Smith's latest explores the dark life of an otherwise bright and glamorous West Coast girl. Maggie is Jude's best friend and the center of their posse's universe, so when she is found floating in a pool with a belly full of pills, the apparent sui...

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