Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me

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Wednesday Books
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5.4 X 8.4 X 1.3 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

GAE POLISNER is the award-winning author of In Sight of Stars, The Memory of Things, The Summer of Letting Go, The Pull of Gravity, and Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me. She lives on Long Island with her husband, two sons, and a suspiciously-fictional looking dog. When Gae isn't writing, you can find her in a pool or the open waters off Long Island. She's still hoping that one day her wetsuit will turn her into a superhero.


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Polisner's writing is effortless and authentic, and JL is a character that readers will unquestionably relate to. Mental illness, absentee parents, bonds between friends, and the daunting anticipation of first-time sex are woven into JL's story with unguarded, unvarnished candor. Perfect for readers who love coming-of-age stories and who understand the value of female community. - BOOKLIST

Polisner captures the voice of teen angst perfectly: the constant questioning, the pain of moving on, the joy of feeling your body respond to its growth, the wish for independence, and the need for belonging. Reading this narrative, as it moves from branch to branch of memories, feels like floating . . . Polisner captures the overwhelming emotions of that age, creating a situational reality in which each character fits perfectly and has a place in the story. - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Polisner (In Sight of Stars) creates a mosaic of visceral images and moods, including emotional and physical longing, as JL navigates the uncomfortable terrain between adolescence and adulthood. - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

The major strengths of the book are deft deployment of the emerging butterfly theme, first-person narration by a strong and insightful character, and honest descriptions of JL's sexual relationship with Max. - KIRKUS

A delightful novel about a teenager who finds comfort in raising butterflies when her relationship with her best friend begins to fray. A perfect escapist read! - MEDIUM

Anything written by Gae Polisner is a true treat. She commands her craft in a way very few do, and I consider her to be the best voice in the YA Contemporary space. JACK KEROUAC IS DEAD TO ME is my favorite book of Polisner's to date, and besides that, the title is absolutely brilliant. To understand the meaning, you'll have to read the book, which I highly recommend. - YA Books Central

Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me is an absolutely real, raw and emotional read, and it's a book that touched my heart with every page. - Katie McGarry, critically acclaimed author of Only a Breath Apart

Gae Polisner has done it again. I absolutely loved this beautiful, heart-wrenching story about friendship, family, and first love, and what happens when they all fall apart. Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me is a truly special book. - Lauren Spieller, author of Your Destination Is on the Left