All That’s Left to Say

Bloomsbury. Jul. 2023. 400p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781681199412.
Gr 9 Up–The summer before their junior year of high school, Hannah’s cousin Sophie dies from a drug overdose at a party. Utterly devastated, Hannah begins a relentless search into who gave Sophie the pills that caused her death. When she partners up with Sophie’s best friend from school, who is also hunting down this mysterious person, the two hatch a plan: Hannah will transfer into their fancy private school for senior year in order to secretly investigate their remaining suspects. But will their search for answers provide healing and closure, or will it tear all of their relationships apart? This is an engrossing and poignant exploration of grief. Told in alternating time lines of Hannah’s junior and senior years, the mystery of how Sophie got the pills that ended her life unfolds deliberately, but readers remain nonetheless engaged in unraveling clues alongside Hannah while also watching this obsession slowly ruin her. The major and minor characters all have depth, and the issues of substance addiction and abuse are explored in a nuanced and caring light. Empathetic teens will definitely be in tears by the end.
VERDICT An important book to have in a high school collection, this is highly recommended.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing