Fifteen-year-old JL Markham’s life used to be filled with carnival nights and hot summer days spent giggling with her forever best friend Aubrey about their families and boys. Together, they were unstoppable. But they aren’t the friends they once were.
With JL’s father gone on long term business, and her mother struggling with her mental illness, JL takes solace in the tropical butterflies she raises, and in her new, older boyfriend, Max Gordon. Max may be rough on the outside, but he has the soul of a poet (something Aubrey will never understand). Only, Max is about to graduate, and he's going to hit the road - with or without JL.
JL can't bear being left behind again. But what if devoting herself to Max not only means betraying her parents, but permanently losing the love of her best friend? What becomes of loyalty, when no one is loyal to you?
Gae Polisner’s Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me is a story about the fragility of female friendship, of falling in love and wondering if you are ready for more, and of the glimmers of hope we find by taking stock in ourselves.
Jean Louise Markham thought Aubrey Andersson would be her best friend forever. They survived some of the worst perils of childhood together and now teetering on the edge of sixteen everything is about to change.
Everyone knows how precarious JL’s homelife is. Her father has been working in California for months on end and her beautiful, yet fragile mother is falling deeper into the blackness of depression.
Her saving grace turns out to be the butterflies given to her by her dearest Nana and a boy named Max.
Max Gordon has a wicked grin and an equally wicked reputation. None of that means anything to her because no one sees the side of him that she does. To her, he’s a poet, an artist and her heart’s confidant all rolled into one. But when old secrets and new desires collide with love letters written to a long-departed author, LJ will learn that she’s far stronger than she ever imagined.
On my way out, I change my mind again, yank open the drawer with the box, and shove the entire wad of bills into my pocket.
Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me is nothing like I thought it would be. Part heartbreaking confession, part poetic love story and part poignant coming of age chronicle, it’s far more stirring to the heart.
Gae’s unforgettable prose communicates the turmoil of her standout characters in a way that had me riveted to the page. The choices that each character makes – both shocking and compassionate - left me emotionally raw but not without hope that brighter days are on the way.
This is a story that elevates the YA genre to dizzying heights. And that’s nothing short of remarkable…
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About The Author ~
GAE POLISNER is the award-winning author of In Sight of Stars, The Memory of Things, The Summer of Letting Go, The Pull of Gravity, and Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me. She lives on Long Island with her husband, two sons, and a suspiciously-fictional looking dog. When Gae isn't writing, you can find her in a pool or the open waters off Long Island. She's still hoping that one day her wetsuit will turn her into a superhero.
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