Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You by Joyce Carol Oates

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Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You is renowned author Joyce Carol Oates's newest novel for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Wintergirls and Speak, said that "the painful honesty of this book will crack open your heart."

Senior year, their last year together, Merissa and Nadia need their best friend Tink more than they ever did before. They have secrets they can share with no one but her, toxic secrets that threaten to unravel their friendship—and themselves. Tink had a secret, too, a big one, but no one knows what it was. And now she's gone. . . .

In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews described Joyce Carol Oates as "a master at portraying the inner lives of teens." In Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You, she's created a powerful portrayal of a friendship strong enough to transcend death.

 

About Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
 
Published August 21, 2012 by HarperTeen. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tink's suicide is revealed early on, and yet she remains a believable and critical touchstone for Merissa and Nadia, part of the girls of Tink Inc.

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The New York Times

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In their new young adult novels, Joyce Carol Oates and James Preller examine the consequences of fatal events.

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Publishers Weekly

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Merissa is the envy of all her similarly privileged peers, yet she also lost her friend Tink six months ago to suicide.

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The Boston Globe

The people of Bridgeton discover who’s behind the death and Becca discovers that her future is inextricably bound in the town she will never fully escape, a summer when her life was forever changed, and a murdered girl named Amelia Anne, whose own future, “with all of its untraveled roads and une...

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Teen Reads

So far the shallow cuts are enough, but sometimes, when things get really bad, she’s tempted to follow Tink down the same toxic path towards death.

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Common Sense Media

Boys cyberbully girls, even sending a threatening, violent text to a girl who complains.

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Project MUSE

Merissa's story has much in common with Delia Ephron's The Girl with the Mermaid Hair (BCCB 2/10), also a perceptive chronicle of a teenage girl's renegotiation of her relationship with her father, and readers who enjoyed Ephron's work will find Oates' explorations rewarding.

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Bookalicious

Missing Tink in ways she never lets on, and dealing with some big family issues, there is a sympathetic element to her, even with the wall that I felt was put up around her throughout the book.

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