"The first book in Bishop's Tate McCoy series will have readers eager to hear more from her pragmatic, sarcastic, yet sweet 16–year–old heroine. Tate's ability to compartmentalize her fears and emotions, her attempts to preserve her optimism through small gestures, and the tension and mystery surrounding the crime make Bishop's debut an introspective page–turner."
"Yet another tale of a plucky girl who overcomes the obstacles—but this one floats."
"What a fine book!My So–Called Ruined Life takes you on a hard walk through a difficult subject, yet is full of sweetness and humor. Tate McCoy is a keeper, and so is her best friend, Kale. I felt like I wasright there during their conversations and excursions, and found Tate's reflections on her life and painful situation deeply meaningful. Tate is a kid who prevails, her humanity fully intact."
—KATHLEEN JEFFRIE JOHNSON, author ofThe Parallel Universe of Liars
"Readers will fall in love with brave and funny Tate McCoy in this powerful and heartfelt debut about human fallibility. One of the truest characters I've had the good luck to discover in YA recently."
—BETH ANN BAUMAN, author ofJersey Angel
"Melanie Bishop is not afraid to address tough issues—from unspeakable violence to dysfunctional family relationships—with realistic details and hit–you–in–the–gut emotion. The plot gracefully unfolds to a stunning climax that forces the characters—and readers—to reconsider the nature of love, justice, and forgiveness."
—CHRISTINE SEIFERT, author ofThe Predicteds
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