A genre-hopping, darkly funny novel about searching for the truth, finding yourself, and falling in love.
Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend, or her aunt who's tired of giving second chances.
When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie's half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn't want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes, a criminal record, and secrets of his own.
Frankie's search for the truth could change her life, or cost her everything.
"Readers will love Frankie for her courage, passion, and honesty as a narrator. A powerful debut about a girl learning to love despite the dangers."
"A gritty, darkly witty debut."
"Frankie's a great, gutsy character, full of heart."
--Printz Award winner Melina Marchetta, author of The Jellicoe Road and Saving Francesca
"Original, and often obscenely funny. I frequently laughed aloud while reading Frankie."
--Australian Book Review
"This is a great debut novel from a fantastic new Australian author, Shivaun Plozza. It has everything YA fiction needs to be captivating: mystery, tough women, annoyingly cute bad boys, sarcasm, and humor. Highly recommended."
Shivaun Plozza's short fiction, flash fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in anthologies and journals including Where the Shoreline Used to Be, Above Water, Text, Vivid and The Victorian Writer. When she's not writing, she works as an editor and manuscript assessor. Frankie is her first novel. shivaunplozza.com twitter.com/ShivaunPlozza.