December 18, 2020

#BookReview: Accidental by @alexgirlnyc

Synopsis: This timely, emotionally-resonant story about a teen girl dealing with the aftermath of a tragic shooting is a must-read from an exciting new YA talent.

Johanna has had more than enough trauma in her life. She lost her mom in a car accident, and her father went AWOL when Johanna was just a baby. At sixteen, life is steady, boring . . . maybe even stifling, since she's being raised by her grandparents who never talk about their daughter, her mother Mandy.

Then he comes back: Robert Newsome, Johanna's father, bringing memories and pictures of Mandy. But that's not all he shares. A tragic car accident didn't kill Mandy--it was Johanna, who at two years old, accidentally shot her own mother with an unsecured gun.

Now Johanna has to sort through it all--the return of her absentee father, her grandparents' lies, her part in her mother's death. But no one, neither her loyal best friends nor her sweet new boyfriend, can help her forgive them. Most of all, can she ever find a way to forgive herself?

In a searing, ultimately uplifting story, debut author Alex Richards tackles a different side of the important issue that has galvanized teens across our country.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: This was a true view of what it could be like if you treat guns without care.  So many lives can be changed in blink of an eye.  This was an all the feels story that is empowering, emotional, and compelling.  Healing can take place after a devastating event.  It was heartbreaking and true to our world today. 


"A valuable take on a timely issue." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Richards deftly explores the myriad emotional struggles after an accidental gun death. . . Tragic, moving, and genuine." -School Library Journal, starred review

"[Johanna] is an admirable, convincing heroine who is determined to make things right for herself." -Publishers Weekly

"Richards tackles this tragic story with fierce honesty." -Booklist

"Compelling, timely, and deeply empowering, ACCIDENTAL explores the complexity of guilt, grief, and healing in the aftermath of an unthinkable tragedy. As thoughtful as it is thought-provoking, Alex Richards has crafted a heartrending, yet hopeful story about the transformative power of taking control over one's own narrative--this is a book you'll be thinking about long after you've turned the last page." -Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used To be and The Last To Let Go 

"Ambitious, fearless, and impossible to put down. An emotionally resonant look at the issue of gun safety that finds fresh insights--and a welcome glimmer of hope." -- Amanda Maciel, author of TEASE

"A testament to the healing power of community, love and forgiveness. An honest, wrenching and important read." -Sarah Holt, Left Bank Books

"A heartbreaking, powerful, essential read." -Beth Seufer Buss, Bookmarks

"This book is haunting, but it is also hopeful. . . With heartfelt, brutal honesty searing every page, this is the kind of book that reminds readers that they have voices, and they can make changes." -Ava Tusek, Second Star to the Right

"Riveting and gorgeous, ACCIDENTAL is a necessary coming of age that should be read by adults and teens alike." -Olivia Wildenstein, author of NOT ANOTHER LOVE SONG

"Richards tackles issues of gun violence with a deft hand, weaving an important message into a heartbreaking, powerful story about loss and hope." -- Liz Lawson, author of THE LUCKY ONES

About the Author

Alex Richards is a young adult author and freelance magazine contributor. She is a terrible navigator (just ask the African jungle she got lost in) but makes up for it with a dark sense of humor and home-made horror films. Raised in New Mexico, she and her family live in Brooklyn.

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