After Covid-19 ends, sixteen-year-old Theo yearns for her life to get back to normal. Instead, her mother plans to move her from Chicago to a small, sleepy town in the Midwest. Her best friend warns her she is heading to a redneck land, where people's knuckles scrape the ground, so it is with some trepidation that Theo arrives at her family's Minnesotan fishing resort. Trying to find her footing in her strange, new environment, she gets entangled in the mystery of multiple dead bodies-which inconveniently keep popping up. As she seeks answers, she becomes involved in the Miss Apple Blossom pageant, where contestants literally risk their lives because the pageant is cursed! While searching for the serial killer, coping with auditory worries, and struggling with her parents' divorce, she optimistically keeps fishing for her first kiss. Even Goats Need Closure was selected as a Notable Book in the Shelf Unbound Best Indie Competition (2020), a Finalist in the Teens category of the Wishing Shelf Book Awards (2020), and a Finalist in the Young Adult category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (2021).