cover image When We Were Strangers

When We Were Strangers

Alex Richards. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-5476-0364-0

Richards (Accidental) poses challenging moral questions in this absorbing contemporary novel set in Santa Fe, N.Mex. On the day her father dies unexpectedly from a heart attack, high school senior Evie Parker, presumed white, learns that he was preparing to leave her and her mother. Faced with his packed bags and not wanting her mother to know, Evie puts his belongings away. Days later, she discovers he was having an affair with his young receptionist, Bree, who is now six months pregnant. Overwhelmed with anger and grief, Evie distracts herself by taking a photography class, where she meets new crush Declan, who’s half Japanese and half white. Still, she’s haunted by what her father did and begins stalking and photographing Bree, a path that turns unexpectedly as Evie becomes aware of the woman’s vulnerability and loneliness through the memorable images captured. Dynamic characters, including Evie’s lesbian best friend Juana and the inclusive photography class’s quirky members, add brightness to this introspective story of changing emotions and a softening heart. Ages 14–up. [em]Agency: LGK Agency. (July) [/em]