Marlena by Julie Buntin. Published by Henry Holt

Cat is only 15 when her family moves to Michigan, and it’s here that she meets Marlena, her wild, tempestuous neighbor. Looking for a friend, a connection of any kind, Cat gets sucked into Marlena’s orbit. Together, the two run wild through town, and Cat grows up, very quickly. But the party’s over less than a year after it began, ending with Marlena’s death. Years later, Cat has managed to build a life for herself  when memories of that lost year rise up and threaten to swallow her whole.  This is a story about childhood friendships, the days when you believed you could do anything, be anything, a coming of age story that haunted me

 

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