Sadie Carter's life is a mess, as wavy and tangled as her unruly hair. At 15, she is barely surviving the chaos of her large Catholic family. When one sister becomes pregnant and another is thrown out, her unemployed dad hides his depression, and her mom hides a secret. Sadie, the peacekeeper and rule-follower, has had enough. The empty refrigerator, years of hand-me-downs, and all the secrets have to stop. She longs for something more and plans her escape.
However, getting arrested was not her plan. Falling in love was not her plan. With the help of three mysterious strangers--a cop, a teacher, and a cute boy--maybe Sadie will find the strength to defy the rules and do the unexpected.
Told in verse, Sarah J. Donovan's debut Alone Together has secrets, romance, struggle, sin, and redemption, all before Sadie blows out her 16 candles. It's a courageously honest look at growing up in a big family.
About the Author
Sarah J. Donovan is a junior high English teacher by day and college education professor by night. She earned a PhD in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She lives with her husband in a Downers Grove, Illinois condo so she can write instead of mowing the lawn or shoveling snow. When she is not teaching, young adult novels reading, or writing, she can be found playing sand volleyball with amazing Chicagoland women. (Yes, even in the winters.)You can see all her "shelfies "on Instagram @donovan_sd or Twitter @MrsSJDonovan.
"A subtly bold and powerfully poignant reminder that even the loneliest person in the most crowded of rooms can find her true voice. Every word counts in this brilliantly poetic debut. "
-- Aaron Levy, author of Blood Don't Lie and Pizza with Shrimp On Top
"Haunting, hopeful, and written in beautiful verse..."--Chea Parton, UTeach Urban Teachers Outreach Director
"I loved the voice of this novel, falling hard for Sadie and her role in a big family that she both loves and feels burdened by. I read the book in one take, not wanting to put it down until I knew how Sadie would turn out." --Sophia Sarigianides, author of Rethinking the "Adolescent" in Adolescent Literacy