New YA Fiction: Say the Word by Jeannine Garsee

Congratulations to my cyber-buddy Jeannine Garsee, on the publication of her latest novel, Say the Word.

My teenager loved Jeannine’s first book, Before, After & Somebody In Between. I plan to delve into Say the Word this coming weekend, and I’m really looking forward to it.

Here’s a bit about the book’s plot, as described on

The world expects perfection from seventeen-year-old Shawna Gallagher, and for the most part, that’s what they get. She dates the right boys, gets good grades, and follows her father’s every rule. But when her estranged lesbian mother dies, it’s more than perfect Shawna can take. Suddenly, anger from being abandoned ten years ago is resurfacing along with Shawna’s embarrassment over her mother’s other family. As she confronts family secrets and questions from the past, Shawna realizes there’s a difference between doing the perfect thing and doing the right thing.

If you get a chance to pick it up and give it a read, let me know what you think.

Way to go, JG!

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