All We Left Behind


Product Details

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.8 X 8.4 X 1.4 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Ingrid Sundberg holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman University. She grew up in Maine, but now lives in sunny California where she misses the colors of autumn. All We Left Behind is her first novel. Find Ingrid online at


"The heart of this book lies in its wonderfully complex characters. Sundberg is a master at crafting flawed, vulnerable, realistic characters. Each moment, each thought feels honest and deliberate, and as a result there is such life in the pages, an almost intangible ache that lives between each careful word. All We Left Behind perfectly pinpoints what it is to be a teenager today. To search for a straight path in a crooked and confusing world."---Cora Carmack, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
"Ingrid Sundberg has a rare talent for writing heartfelt stories that readers will sink into. Powerful and poignant, honest and tender, with beautifully textured characters, All We Left Behind is a gem of a book."--A.M. Jenkins, author of Printz Honor Book REPOSSESSED
"A realistic love story about two broken pieces and their struggle to become whole. Artfully crafted, All We Left Behind guarantees that Ingrid Sundberg's name is one you won't soon forget."--- Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of DUMBLIN'
Two teens who seem totally wrong for each other find that they are actually quite right in this heartfelt and gritty debut told through alternating first-person points of view. Kurt and Marion, both 17, don't have much in common. Kurt is popular, outgoing, and has a

reputation with the girls as a "player." Marion is a bit of a wallflower and is unable to tell anyone about something that happened to her years before. Both cope with their dysfunctional families in different ways: Kurt's sister is a meth addict, and he uses sex to fill the void he feels over his alcoholic mother's death, while Marion is disconnected from even those closest to her. Throughout, lyrical water

images evoke Kurt and Marion's rocky relationship: "Everything between Kurt and me has been ocean--fast & vulnerable and full of drowning currents." The language used is sometimes raw, and the characters masturbate and have sex, but this isn't explicitly described. The depiction of drug use is a bit graphic and disturbing, lending authenticity to an honest, frank, and appealing

romance.--Booklist "October 15, 2015 "