Then, at a party full of blurred lines and blurred memories, everything changes. Starting that night, where there should be words, there is only angry, scared silence.
And in the aftermath, Jan, Erika, and Melanie will have to work hard to reconnect and help one another heal.
At once touching and raw, Claire Needell’s first novel is an honest look at the love and conflicts among sisters and friends, and how these relationships can hold us together—and tear us apart.
- Original Title:The Word for Yes
- Author:Claire Needell
- Rating:5.52 / 10
- Publisher:Published February 16th 2016 by HarperTeen
Alone at the breakfast table, Melanie still wore her pajamas—pink shorts and a matching tank with white flowers; her hair was pulled off her face by a dark purple headband. Her face shone from vigorous morning scrubbing. Her feet were bare, and she was chilly in the air-conditioned apartment, but too lazy to get her sweater or slippers from the bedroom she shared for twenty-four more hours with her sister, Erika. Melanie was supposed to get up early to help Dad pack his moving boxes, but she hadn’t set her alarm. It was late, she knew that, but what was summer vacation for, if not sleeping in? At any rate, her sisters weren’t doing much work either, from what Melanie could see, and Dad was not even around.
Erika, who was sixteen and a year ahead of Melanie at Rose Dyer High School, lay curled up on the couch in the adjacent living room reading a large book with a diagram of something t...