And Then There Was Us (Hardcover)

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A mother's death forces a teen girl to reevaluate their tumultuous relationship in this powerful coming-of-age novel for teens. For fans of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.

After years of physical and verbal abuse from her mother, fourteen-year-old Coi moved in with her father, and together they created a peaceful life. But now, four years later, that peace is shattered when her mother dies.

While Coi struggles to find kindness in her heart for the woman who did nothing but hurt her, her mother's passing does help reopen the door to her mother's side of the family. It's only through reconnecting with her estranged family members, especially her younger half-sister Kayla, that Coi's long-held views about her mother are challenged.

And when Coi begins to see visions of her mother in her dreams, she is forced to ask herself what it means to forgive and be forgiven, and, most importantly, what it means to be family.

About the Author

KERN CARTER is the author of Boys and Girls Screaming, along with two self-published novels, Thoughts of a Fractured Soul (novella) and Beauty Scars. In addition to his writing, Kern is a filmmaker and also teaches professional writing at a local college, committed to supporting emerging writers and helping them find their voice. He lives in Toronto.

Praise For…

An Indigo Best Book of 2024 So Far

"An emotional story of family and growth." Kirkus Reviews

"[W]ell paced and populated with strong and sympathetic characters." Booklist

"A well-written, thoughtful, and sympathetic deep dive into understanding and surviving an abusive parent." School Library Journal

"And Then There Was Us is an important read for anyone looking for a book that explores reevaluating childhood trauma and complicated family relationships." Young Adulting

Product Details
ISBN: 9781774883402
ISBN-10: 1774883406
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: April 9th, 2024
Pages: 232
Language: English