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Brenda Rufener is a technical writer turned novelist and the author of WHERE I LIVE, which Bustle named a most anticipated YA contemporary book hitting shelves in 2018 and Jennifer Niven called a “hard-hitting novel filled with hope.”

SINCE WE LAST SPOKE, Brenda’s second young adult novel, arrived April 2019 and received a starred review from School Library Journal, among other honors.

When not writing, Brenda enjoys hiking the woods of North Carolina and spending time with her family. She is an advocate for homeless youth.






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Where I Live

3.53 avg rating — 374 ratings — published 2018 — 7 editions
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Since We Last Spoke

4.06 avg rating — 86 ratings — published 2019 — 4 editions
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“If I want my life to matter, these eyes can't see who I really am.

Who I'm striving hard not to be.

The homeless girl hiding in front of them.”
Brenda Rufener, Where I Live

“Nobody hurts you when they don't know you exist.”
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