"E.K. Johnston has a seemingly limitless range... This is realistic fiction at its best."-The Globe & Mail


Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don’t cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team’s summer training camp is Hermione’s last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

In every class, there’s a star cheerleader and pariah pregnant girl. They’re never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she’s always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn’t the beginning of Hermione Winter’s story and she’s not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.

Shakespeare had written The Winter’s Tale as an episode of Veronica Mars, it would be this.

Published by Dutton

Cover art by Kristin Logsdon


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"A beautifully written portrait of a young woman facing the unthinkable, this is a must-buy for high school collections" -SLJ, starred review

"Fierce and gorgeously drawn, this is a rape story that doesn't focus on victimhood."-Booklist, starred review