2017 🇨🇦 Canadian Book Release Spotlight: The Lives of Desperate Girls by MacKenzie Common

This month I will be featuring new releases from Canadian authors! From indie authors to well-known authors, I want to share with you the books I’m most excited for this year — I hope you’ll add some of them to your own wishlist and TBR! 

The Lives of Desperate Girls by MacKenzie Common

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Penguin Teen | September 19, 2017

One small, northern community. Two girls gone — one missing, the other dead. A riveting coming-of-age debut young adult novel for fans of Everything I Never Told You and All the Bright Places.

Sixteen-year-old Helen Commanda is found dead just outside Thunder Creek, Ontario. Her murder goes unremarked, except for the fact that it may shed light on the earlier disappearance of Chloe Shaughnessy. Chloe is beautiful, rich and white. Helen is plain, and from the reservation. They had nothing in common except that they were teenage girls from an unforgiving small town. Only Chloe’s best friend Jenny Parker knows exactly how unforgiving, but she’s keeping some dangerous secrets of her own.

Jenny begins looking for answers about Helen’s life and death, trying to understand larger questions about her town and her best friend. But what can a teenage girl really accomplish where adults have failed? And how much is Jenny actually complicit in a conspiracy of silence?

I always love seeing Canadian titles on publisher newsletters so I was excited to get a copy of this one when Penguin Teen sent out an email about ARCs available for upcoming books. I don’t read a lot of books that involve the indigenous community, so this one definitely caught my eye, plus it’s just the kind of YA mystery book I love to read!

What Canadian book are you waiting for?

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