Frenchie’s already insane obsession with death and Emily Dickinson won’t help her understand the role she played during Andy’s “one night of adventure.” But when she meets Colin, she may have found the perfect opportunity to recreate that night. While exploring the emotional depth of loss and transition to adulthood, Sanchez’s sharp humor and clever observations bring forth a richly developed voice.
Frenchie Garcia is your not so average high school girl. She's not necessarily popular, but she's not unpopular either, she falls somewhere in the middle. Artistic and slightly withdrawn, if she's not hanging out with her friends Joel and Robyn she spends her time at the local cemetery having long conversations with Emily Dickinson. Not "the" Emily Dickinson, but Frenchie's graveyard companion becomes her strongest confidant.
After spending a strangely fulfilling night with Andy cooper, the most popular jock at school that Frenchie secretly has a crush on, she has hopes that things are taking a turn for the better. When she learns the next day that he's committed suicide she's floored. Why? Why did Andy kill himself? Frenchie struggles with that last night they spent together and wondering if she could have changed something to make the outcome different.
Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia is a coming of age story about loosing someone close to you and dealing with the imprint that they left on your life. Coming to terms with the grief and finding your way, because it's not always the end of your story, just because it was the ending for them.
Sanchez tackles the sensitive subject of teen suicide and the lasting effect it has on those left behind, without making it extremely dark and depressing.
Jenny Torres Sanchez lives in Florida with her husband and children where she currently writes full time. Before her debut novel The Downside of Being Charlie she taught high school for several years, where she credits her eclectic students for
inspiring her to write young adult novels.
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