All That’s Left to Say (Hardcover)
July/August 2023 Kids Indie Next List
“Struggling to move on after her cousin’s opioid overdose death, Hannah transfers to an elite private school to uncover the truth. You’d Be Home Now meets One of Us Is Lying in this poignant examination of grief, addiction, and friendship.”
— Chris Schmidt, Main Street Books (MO), St. Charles, MO
A poignant and powerful story of a grieving girl willing to risk everything, perfect for fans of Robin Benway and Jandy Nelson.
On prom night, Hannah MacLaren sits in the headmaster's office in her fanciest dress, soaked to the bone. She is in huge trouble after pulling the fire alarm right as the prom queen was about to be crowned. But Hannah had her reasons . . .
One year ago, her cousin Sophie, who was also her best friend and the person she loved most in the world, died of an overdose. Drowning in grief, Hannah became obsessed with one question: Who gave Sophie those pills? Who is refusing to give her family the closure they deserve?
Then she concocted a plan: enroll at her cousin's fancy private school with a new look and a mouthful of lies, and finally uncover the truth.
But Hannah didn't expect all the lines to blur. She didn't expect Sophie's friends to be so complicated. She didn't expect to fall for her longtime enemy. Now, she must choose to either let herself really mourn Sophie and move on, or see her search through to its explosive end--even if it means destroying herself.
About the Author
Emery Lord is the author of Open Road Summer, The Start of Me and You, and When We Collided. She lives in a pink row house in Cincinnati, with a husband, two rescue dogs, and a closet full of impractical shoes.
“A tender, unsensational examination of what it means to love, to lose, and to live.” —Booklist, starred review
“This compelling read also offers an unexpectedly poignant picture of grief and the impact of secret addiction on those left behind. . . . Hand this novel to anyone who likes their heroines smart, their romantic leads supportive, and their plotlines insightfully substantive.” —BCCB
“An engrossing, thoughtful depiction of a tragedy.” —Kirkus Reviews